Jul 13

Side Effects of Weight Loss Supplements

Facts About diet supplement

With the alarming increase of  obesity in US no doubt there are many anti-obesity drugs that are now available on the market. But among the many numbers of anti-obesity pills or weight loss supplements in the market only Belviq gained the approval and endorsement of Food and Drug Administration.

It is for the less harmful side effects that Belviq researchers presented to FDA, plus the growing rate of obesity in the US that made the FDA approve and endorse the weight loss drug.

But for most anti-obesity drugs including Belviq, there are common side effects that a patient might experience when taking weight loss drug or food supplements. These side effects may include the following symptoms:

  • Nervousness
  • Irritability
  • Nausea
  • Insomnia
  • Undesirable interaction with other  prescription drugs that one is taking
  • Irregular heart rate
  • Depression
  • Memory lapses
  • Migraines
  • Restlessness
  • Sweating
  • Fatigue
  • Cough
  • Dry mouth
  • Back pain
  • Constipation
  • Low blood sugar

For those who are taking weight loss prescribed drugs you might feel one or more of the above mentioned symptoms, or sometimes nothing at all.

One must also take into consideration when taking natural weight loss drugs or supplements, that most of these drugs are not approved by FDA. So long term side effects are not well documented, unknown or not well studied by appropriate authorities, nor it has the product gone through appropriate testing.

Though some drugs that has gained FDA’s approval may be a bit costly, still it is safer to take medications that has gone through FDA’s tight screening, and that you can be secured that if in case things go wrong, you know where to find them and that you can make a report to the FDA so they can take necessary actions.

As of the moment the Belviq drug is not yet out in the market, more or less it will be out in the market by next year.

It is always advisable that people try to lose weight through health programs that encourage healthy eating and taking up sports, but always consult a doctor first,

As it is never so easy anymore, as if obesity is the issue, well seeking professional help is very important as finding the best fitness program is essential for the body and especially the heart. That’s why starting off easy is the best approach, also it always helps with a new diet to know which foods suit you , it is becoming very common now where people have food allergies, ie allergies to Gluten products or dairy allergies is also

Very common, and these can have such effects such as Bloating, disruptive sleeping patterns, fatigue, lack of energy and much more which contribute to gaining weight

Juicing is a great Idea now days, juicing green vegetables can give you great energy, and certain fruit juices and smoothies if instead of drinking them down you chew them and drink them slowly, will make you feel fuller and will contribute to excessive appetites. One key factor is buying organic and buying local produce as fruit and veg don’t travel so well, and don’t eat anything which is out of season, as you have to know it probably is not fresh. But this is definitely a better alternative than weight loss supplements, but again always consult your physician first.




Jul 12

Things You Should Know about Dietary Supplement Side Effects

Some people may be tricked to believe that dietary supplements  are made from all natural ingredients. and that they are  healthier than prescribed supplements, and that they do not  pose any harm to  your health.

But the truth is, some dietary supplements with the natural ingredients label may pose more harm than the ones prescribed by physicians.

How does it happen?

Well, most of the dietary supplements that are now circulating in the market, are not approved and tested by Food and Drug Administration. Meaning, most dietary supplements are not government tested, nor have they undergone appropriate testings regarding long term side effects.

Hidden Dangers of Dietary Supplements

As much as we would like to stay young, healthy and strong by taking dietary supplements along with appropriate physical fitness programs, we should be aware and proactive in knowing the hidden dangers of such dietary measures.

Among the food supplements available in the market, dietary and workout supplements are among those drugs that can put your health at risk.

Most of these drugs contain Selenium or high levels of Chromium_17, that when taken on  a larger scale can cause serious liver damage, cardiological problems or even death. Too much of Chromium can make you feel fatigue, muscle cramps, and can cause serious renal failure, liver toxicity and even death.

While some dietary supplements are very helpful and effective in achieving one’s physical fitness goals, we must remember that our body reacts differently to drugs. Side effects such as dizziness, headache, cough, fever, dry mouth, constipation and slower heart rate, can be experienced when you have taken too much of your dietary supplement, or when it reacts with your other prescribed medications.

How Much is Too Much?

With all these health risks caused by taking up dietary and workout supplements, one may wonder how much is too much when taking these drugs.

The answer is it all depends upon your body’s reaction to a certain drug, and also the strength of each dose of the dietary supplement you are taking.

So when taking weight loss supplements be always keen of your body’s reaction to it, and to contact your physician  when you feel side effects of dietary supplements for a long period of time.

Some People who try to cut down on the amount of weight loss supplements they take on a daily basis, have done so by drinking lots of water, usually more that the recommended intake, which is over two liters per day.

There are so many new weight loss supplements on the market today, and the truth is

It’s impossible to know the long term side effects, an interesting study would be to see how they affected people after 20 years,  we will just have to wait and see, what they will discover in 20 years about the true side effects of weight loss supplements taken today.


Jul 11

Belviq Side Effects

Obesity and being overweight

In recent years the growing ration of overweight people in America has been alarming. Today almost 35 to 37 percent of adult Americans and 17 percent of children ages 12 to 19 are considered obese. A rate considered three times larger than the rate fifty years ago.

Obesity also has taken a huge economic toll in the US. Business and government funded facilities are spending billions to make things more accommodating and easier to navigate for overweight citizens. Also obesity increases health risks and health care costs for individuals who are trying to control their weight gain.

With this many individual and organizations seek solutions and have launched mass campaigns to help people become be more aware of how to control their weight gain and to live a healthy lifestyle.

For over a decade FDA had been reluctant to endorse or approve anti-obesity drugs due to cardiovascular issues. It is Belviq that has gained FDA’s approval, after almost a decade, as a prescribed drug for long term weight loss to be legally distributed in the US market.

However there are certain side effects that are brought about by using Belviq.

Some of these are common side effects that one may experience if he or she is sensitive to serotonin.

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Cough
  • Nausea
  • Dry mouth
  • Back pain
  • Fatigue
  • Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) in patients with diabetes

Serious side effects of Belviq when taken on a larger dose may include:

  • Slow heartbeat
  • Decrease in red and white cell count
  • Increase in prolactin hormone
  • Depression
  • Priapism or painful erection
  • Valvular heart disease which includes symptoms like trouble in breathing, swelling of extremities,
  • dizziness, fatigue, change in attention and or memory, and irregular heartbeat
  • Psychiatric problems such as hallucinations, euphoria and disassociation

Serotonin Syndrome or Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome (NMS) like reactions which includes:

  • restlessness
  • fast heartbeat
  • ○high or low blood pressure
  • coordination difficulties
  • sweating or fever
  • nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
  • muscle stiffnes

If symptoms persists in a prolonged period of time call or visit your doctor and ask them for some medical advice regarding the side effects that you experience. Or you can report the side effects you experience to FDA.


Jul 10

Belviq the New FDA Approved Anti-Obesity Drug


The American Food and Drug Administration has taken measures to curb the increasing rate of overweight Americans, through giving their approval to a new medication that helps overweight individuals control their diet by making them feel fuller faster.

In recent years the Food and Drug Administration has been hesitant to approve anti-obesity drugs due to cardio logical risks by certain ingredients. But the makers of Belviq has proven and successfully convinced the FDA that low dosages of Belviq, by which it will be prescribed, won’t have any cardiological side effects.

Now the thing about Belviq is that it works in a way that tricks the brain to release a chemical that suppresses appetite. The brain produces serotonin, a chemical that helps regulate intestinal movement and helps decrease appetite. The drug does this by making overweight people feel full faster. Also Belviq gives a metabolism boost to those who are taking it.

Belviq or generically known as Lorcaserin is usually prescribed to be taken at least twice a day, and is advised to be incorporated in healthy diets and exercise programs approved by physicians.

Belviq has been approved for Obese adults with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more, and overweight individuals with a BMI of 27 or up with weight related health conditions, such a high blood preasure, type 2 diabetes or high cholesterol. Based from recent studies, taking Belviq can produce a moderate weight loss result. As based from the research data submitted to the FDA, almost half of the owerweight test subjects that have type 2 diabetes lost approximately 5 percent of their documented starting weight.

Serotonin based drugs have potential risks that includes migraines, depression and memory lapses. This is why FDA has been reluctant to approve serotonin based anti-obesity drugs due to the cardio logical risks it poses.

Other warnings that the FDA submitted were that Belviq is not for women whoare pregant or who are nursing.

Obesity rates in the USA are increasing and aproaching 35% in adults and this is resulting in associated health care costs rising.

Health care institutes and Physicans have been urging the Health regulators to address this problem by finding and approving new types of weightloss treatments.

The FDA have issued a stament on Belviq, and it is advisable to read this information, as these weight loss supplements are going to be highly regulated by the Health care system, and therefore can only be prescibed by youre physican