Belviq (lorcaserin) is a weight-loss drug that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) took off the market in February 2020. The drug label mentions many common side effects. One of those side effects is fatigue or tiredness.
If you received a cancer diagnosis after taking Belviq, you might be entitled to compensation. John Foy & Associates can help you determine if you have a case. Schedule a FREE, no-risk consultation by calling (404) 400-4000 or contacting us online.
Tiredness and Other Common Side Effects of Belviq
According to Belviq’s FDA label, the following side effects are the most common:
- Fatigue (tiredness)
- Dry mouth
- Back pain
- Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) in patients who have diabetes
Serious Side Effects of Belviq
Besides the common side effects, Belviq may also cause severe side effects like:
- Serotonin Syndrome if mixed with specific mental health or cold drugs.
- Heart valve issues.
- Psychological issues at high doses.
- Depression or suicidal thoughts.
- Painful erections.
- Slow heartbeat.
- Decreased white or red blood cell count.
- Increase of the hormone prolactin.
Belviq’s label does not mention the most concerning aspect of the drug, though. A five-year clinical trial on Belviq found an increased number of cancers on the drug. About 7.7% of patients on Belviq developed cancer during the trial, while 7.1% of the placebo group developed cancer.
The FDA asked Belviq’s manufacturer to back the drug off the market after seeing the results. The administration found that the medication’s risks outweighed the benefits.
If you took Belviq before receiving a cancer diagnosis, you might have a legal case. You should not have to pay for the costs of a condition that was not your fault. Talk to a Belviq lawyer today about your options.
Types of Cancers Associated with Belviq
The following three cancers occurred most frequently in the Belviq group:
- Lung cancer
- Colorectal cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
Although these cancers were most common, there was a variety of diagnosed cancers. If you developed cancer after taking the drug, the type doesn’t matter. You might be able to seek compensation.
Why Belviq Was on the Market
Belviq’s manufacturer created the medication for weight loss. The FDA approved Belviq for:
- Obese individuals (with a body mass index, or BMI, or 30 or higher).
- Overweight individuals (with a BMI of 27 or higher) who have at least one weight-related condition.
Belviq acted as an add-on medication along with diet and exercise. However, studies did not show significant results for weight loss overall. That and the drug’s study results led the FDA to stop sales of the medication.
In 2010, the FDA rejected the manufacturer’s first request for Belviq’s approval. Studies had shown human heart-valve problems and tumors in rats associated with Belviq. Because of the heart issues, the FDA had the manufacturer conduct a clinical trial.
The Belviq clinical trial is what found a link between Belviq and increased rates of cancers. Ultimately, the risk led the FDA to ask the manufacturer to remove the drug.
Your Legal Options for a Belviq Lawsuit
Former Belviq users have been reaching out to lawyers since the drug came off the market. If you have or had cancer after taking Belviq or Belviq XR, you might qualify. Now is the time to reach out before it’s too late.
Our Belviq lawyers at John Foy & Associates are currently speaking to those who took Belviq. We’re here to listen to your story and determine your legal options. Plus, we do not charge you a fee unless we win you money.
To get a FREE, no-risk consultation today, call (404) 400-4000, or contact us online.
Reporting Your Belviq Side Effects
Besides getting legal help, you can also report side effects to the FDA.
Visit the MedWatch Online Voluntary Reporting Form to let the FDA know what side effects you had on Belviq. This data can help prevent future issues.
Your Compensation for Your Belviq Damages
Prescription drug side effects fall under product liability law. There are three main types of liability claims:
- Manufacturing defects
- Failure to warn
- Design defects
When a drug like Belviq has dangerous side effects, it’s often a failure to warn or a design defect case. The details will depend on your situation and your lawsuit.
Despite the clinical trial, the Belviq label did not mention cancer risk. In fact, Belviq was approved for the market while the study was still going on. Now, as a result, patients could face huge damages at no fault of their own.
In a Belviq lawsuit, you might be able to seek compensation for:
- Medical bills.
- Treatment costs.
- Lost wages.
- Lost earning capacity.
- Physical pain and suffering.
- Emotional pain and suffering.
- Loss of enjoyment of life.
- Punitive damages.
The FDA has told patients to stop taking Belviq. The administration has also warned healthcare professionals to stop prescribing the drug. But for many, the damage is already done.
Wrongful Death Cases for Belviq
If you lost a loved one to cancer after taking Belviq, you might have a wrongful death case. You may be able to seek damages on the loved one’s behalf. A trusted Belviq lawyer can let you know your legal options.
What to Do if You Took Belviq
If you were taking Belviq before, do not take it anymore. Carefully dispose of any medication you have left. Speak to your doctor about alternative options for you.
If you have cancer after taking the drug, contact a lawyer. The statute of limitations in Georgia is two years. You have limited time to file your case, so don’t wait.
Talk to an Experienced Belviq Lawyer for Free Today
If you developed a type of cancer after taking Belviq or Belviq XR, you might be entitled to compensation. At John Foy & Associates, we are here to help.
With over 20 years of experience, we know what it takes to win complicated cases. Plus, the process is risk-free for you. We do not collect a fee unless we win your case.
To schedule a FREE, no-risk consultation to learn more, call (404) 400-4000, or contact us online today.