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Belviq/Belviq XR (lorcaserin) Cancer Lawsuits- Drug Removed From U.S. Market

Belviq/Belviq XR (lorcaserin) is a drug prescribed for weight loss management. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced a link between Belviq/Belviq XR (lorcaserin) and an increased risk of cancer. While the FDA has not yet determined the cause of the elevated risk of cancer, it has requested that the manufacturer withdraw the drug from the U.S. market.

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What is Belviq/Belviq XR (lorcaserin)?

Lorcaserin, manufactured under the brand names Belviq/Belviq XR, is prescribed for weight loss in obese or overweight adults, or adults with weight related medical issues. By promoting a feeling of satiety, the medication curbs the desire to eat. Lorcaserin is intended to be taken in conjunction with a modified diet and physical activity.

What is Happening with Belviq/Belviq XR (lorcaserin)?

Eisai Inc., the manufacturer of Belviq/Belviq XR, conducted a long-term safety study on Belviq to assess the risk of cardiac events while taking the medication. The FDA announced that it reviewed the data from the study, which suggested an increased risk of cancer for users of Belviq/Belviq XR. On February 13, 2020, the FDA requested that the manufacturer of Belviq/Belviq XR voluntarily remove the drug from the U.S. market. Eisai submitted a request to withdraw the drug at that time.

The manufacturer’s five-year study indicated an elevated rate of cancer for those who took Belviq in comparison to the placebo group. Belviq users showed an increased risk of pancreatic, colorectal, and lung cancers in particular. The FDA suggests that patients taking Belviq/Belviq XR discontinue its use and speak to their health care professionals about an alternative medication.

https://www.fda.gov/safety/medical-product-safety-information/belviq-belviq-xr-lorcaserin-drug-safety-communication-due-possible-increased-risk-cancer?utm_campaign=FDA%20MedWatch%20Belviq%2C%20Belviq%20XR%20%28lorcaserin%29%3A&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Eloqua

https://www.fda.gov/drugs/fda-drug-safety-podcasts/fda-requests-withdrawal-weight-loss-drug-belviq-belviq-xr-lorcaserin-market

Belviq/Belviq XR (lorcaserin) Side Effects and Complications

Side effects of Belviq/Belviq XR (lorcaserin) include:

  • Low blood sugar;
  • Slow heartbeat;
  • Headache;
  • Dizziness;
  • Drowsiness;
  • Fatigue;
  • Nausea;
  • Constipation or diarrhea; and
  • Upper respiratory infection.

Some of the cancers associated with Belviq/Belviq XR (lorcaserin) include:

  • Pancreatic cancer;
  • Colorectal cancer;
  • Lung cancer;
  • Breast cancer;
  • Brain cancer; and
  • Thyroid cancer.

Belviq/Belviq XR (lorcaserin) Lawyers are Ready to Help

Contact our Belviq/Belviq XR (lorcaserin) Lawyers to review whether you or a family member may be entitled to financial compensation. Levy Konigsberg LLP is currently accepting Belviq/Belviq XR (lorcaserin) cases in all 50 states.

If you or a loved one has suffered one or more of these complications, you may be entitled to a cash award and compensation for medical expenses. For a free confidential consultation with Belviq/Belviq XR (lorcaserin) Lawyers at our law firm, please call (800) 315-3806 or submit an email inquiry.

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