In a world in which new so-called miracle drugs are being introduced onto the market on the regular basis, it can be difficult to know which drugs can be trusted and which ones you need to steer clear of. Unfortunately, although the drug was originally created to help users lose weight with minimal effort, Belviq has turned out to be one of the latest drugs that may have caused its users to develop cancer. Designed for those who were having trouble losing weight with diet and exercise alone, Belviq and Belviq XR was a drug that may have seemed promising to users, nevertheless, the results may turn out to be fatal for some. With that in mind, the following is a closer look at the connection between Belviq and cancer, as well as what you can do if you or a loved one has been personally affected by this dangerous drug.
The connection between Belviq and cancer
Following a clinical trial of the drug Belviq (lorcaserin), it was determined that Belviq is associated with an increased risk of cancer, which resulted in the maker withdrawing it from the market. According to Web MD
, the trial included 12,000 people who were tracked for over five years. The trial was concluded in 2018, and although 7.1% of those who took the "dummy" placebo developed cancer, those numbers rose to 7.7% among those who took Belviq. Moreover, the drug was originally marketed under a different name but was rejected by the FDA due to the fact that it caused rats and mice to develop breast and brain tumors.
Moreover, the FDA has also recommended that people stop using the drug completely and if they still need help with their weight loss efforts, they should instead, seek the help of a medical professional. Although the FDA has stated that they cannot definitively conclude that the drug caused more cases of cancer
to develop, they have been able to prove that there is a potential risk associated with the use of the drug. Therefore, the potential side effects far outweigh any potential benefits of using this drug.
Given that Belviq was first approved in 2012, this means there have been quite a few years for this drug to wreak havoc on the systems of its users. Nevertheless, there is still no special screening for those who have taken Belviq.
Legal help for Belviq users
In addition to tending to your physical health, if you were a Belviq user who has since been diagnosed with cancer, you should also be seeking financial compensation. Given that you were likely led to believe that the drug was relatively safe for consumption, finding out that a drug you were taking to help you fix an issue has caused a potentially fatal health problem can be catastrophic to your mental health. In addition to medical treatments, you should consider seeking emotional and psychological counseling. Although this will certainly not eliminate your cancer, it can provide you with the much-needed funds to get the proper medical treatments, catch up on bills, secure your financial future, or even meet with a therapist who can help you address your mental anguish.
If you suffered negative health effects from using Belviq, our teams can help. We have created a special Belviq legal team who will examine your case and offer knowledgeable advice on your potential legal claim. We offer no-obligation consultations that will allow you to have your case assessed without paying unnecessary fees. Please contact us at (713) 973-8888 or toll-free 1 (800) 444-5000.
If you have a family member who took Belviq for weight loss who lost their lives from cancer, filing a wrongful death lawsuit is possible. We are well aware that your loved one can never be replaced. However, filing a lawsuit may allow you to receive financial compensation to help you rebuild your life after such a major loss. Also, filing a wrongful death lawsuit will make it possible for you to hold the drug manufacturer accountable.
Our team of seasoned attorneys is extensively experienced in assisting clients who have been harmed by prescription medications. Allow us to be your powerful legal advocates. For assistance with your claim, call the accident and injury law office of Terry Bryant at (713) 973-8888 today.