Weight-loss stories

You’re doing everything you can to lose weight. No matter where you are on your weight-loss journey, you’re not alone. Hear from people who’ve taken BELVIQ® as they share their uplifting stories and experiences.

These stories are of actual patients and are presented for illustrative purposes only. Individual results will vary. Please see full Prescribing Information as well as Important Safety Information.

Patients may have been paid for their time in the creation of these stories.

My experience with BELVIQ

Transcript

Sondra:

Weight loss is a life-long struggle; it has always been there ….as long as I can remember, it has always been at the back of my mind; but the fact that I work two jobs – one of them at night as a 911 dispatcher certainly doesn’t help the situation. People are always bringing in food – and when I was surrounded by food – I tended to feel hungry – even if I had just eaten.

I have tried a lot of different diets, including those that sell prepared meals. While they seemed to work for a little while, I just couldn’t seem to keep the weight off.

It’s not that I’m not active. I am. I’ve always had an active lifestyle – I played basketball when I was younger and enjoy swimming, walking, and hiking. But no matter what I would do, all the weight would come back.

Finally, 4 years ago, when I reached 320 pounds, I decided to have weight-loss surgery. Once again, I saw immediate results. But this past year, the excess weight started to come back.

It was so disappointing. I blamed myself for not trying hard enough. I didn’t know what to do.

I felt defeated, and I went back to my surgeon to ask for help. I told him that I felt my weight was spinning out of control, and I never want to be that heavy again. I needed some advice. He then referred me to a weight management program in San Diego.

After consulting with a nurse practitioner there, we talked about weight-loss medications, including BELVIQ.

Voiceover:

BELVIQ/BELVIQ XR is an FDA-approved prescription weight-loss medication that, when used with diet and exercise, can help some adults (body mass index [BMI] ≥27 kg/m2) living with extra weight, with a weight-related medical problem, or adults living with obesity (BMI ≥30 kg/m2), lose weight and keep it off. It is not known if BELVIQ/BELVIQ XR when taken with other prescription, over-the-counter, or herbal weight-loss products is safe and effective. It is not known if BELVIQ/BELVIQ XR changes your risk of heart problems, stroke, or death due to heart problems or stroke.

Sondra:

I went to the product website and learned about the risks and benefits of BELVIQ like the fact that you shouldn’t take the drug if you are planning to become pregnant.

My healthcare provider and I determined that BELVIQ was right for me. I am happy to say that I have been consistently losing weight since starting BELVIQ 4 months ago. I just don’t think about food as much. I see a big change in my patterns of eating too.

When people bring food in, I appreciate the thought, but I say no thank you and turn it away. I make good decisions about food and eat lots of fresh fruits and grains. I also work out 4-5 times a week.

I know there’s not one easy answer for people like me who are trying to lose weight. This is just my experience. Results may vary for each person.

But the decision to start BELVIQ was the right one for me. I encourage those people who are struggling with their weight to talk to their healthcare professional about the options that are available to them.

Diet and exercise are certainly important but when those don’t work, there are other options that may help with the weight-loss journey. It’s a matter of speaking up and being an advocate for yourself and for your health.

Voiceover:

Important Safety Information

Pregnancy: Do not take if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, as weight loss offers no benefit during pregnancy and BELVIQ/BELVIQ XR may harm your unborn baby.

Hypersensitivity reactions: Do not take if you are allergic to lorcaserin or any of the ingredients in BELVIQ/BELVIQ XR.

Serotonin Syndrome or Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome (NMS)like reactions: Before using, tell your Healthcare Provider about all the medicines you take, especially medicines that treat depression, migraines, mental problems, or the common cold. These medicines may cause serious or life-threatening side effects if taken with BELVIQ/BELVIQ XR. Call your Healthcare Provider right away if you experience agitation, hallucinations, confusion, or other changes in mental status; coordination problems; uncontrolled muscle spasms; muscle twitching; restlessness; racing or fast heartbeat; high or low blood pressure; sweating; fever; nausea; vomiting; diarrhea; or stiff muscles.

Valvular heart disease: Some people taking medicines like BELVIQ/BELVIQ XR have had heart valve problems. Call your Healthcare Provider right away if you experience trouble breathing; swelling of the arms, legs, ankles, or feet; dizziness, fatigue, or weakness that will not go away; or fast or irregular heartbeat. Before taking BELVIQ/BELVIQ XR, tell your Healthcare Provider if you have or have had heart problems.

Changes in attention or memory: BELVIQ/BELVIQ XR may slow your thinking. You should not drive a car or operate heavy equipment until you know how BELVIQ/BELVIQ XR affects you.

Mental problems: Taking too much BELVIQ/BELVIQ XR may cause hallucinations, a feeling of being high or in a very good mood, or feelings of standing outside your body.

Depression or thoughts of suicide: Call your Healthcare Provider right away if you notice any mental changes, especially sudden changes in your mood, behaviors, thoughts, or feelings, or if you have depression or thoughts of suicide.

Low blood sugar: Weight loss can cause low blood sugar in people taking medicines for type 2 diabetes, such as insulin or sulfonylureas. Blood sugar levels should be checked before and while taking BELVIQ/BELVIQ XR. Changes to diabetes medication may be needed if low blood sugar develops.

Painful erections: If you have an erection lasting more than 4 hours while on, stop taking BELVIQ/BELVIQ XR and call your Healthcare Provider or go to the nearest emergency room right away.

Slow heartbeat: BELVIQ/BELVIQ XR may cause your heart to beat slower.

Decreases in blood cell count: BELVIQ/BELVIQ XR may cause your red and white blood cell counts to decrease.

Increase in prolactin: BELVIQ/BELVIQ XR may increase the amount of a hormone called prolactin. Tell your Healthcare Provider if your breasts begin to make milk or a milky fluid, or if you are a male and your breasts increase in size.

Most common side effects of BELVIQ/BELVIQ XR: Headache, dizziness, fatigue, nausea, dry mouth, constipation, cough, low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) in patients with diabetes, and back pain.

Nursing: BELVIQ/BELVIQ XR should not be taken while breastfeeding.

Drug interactions: Before taking BELVIQ/BELVIQ XR, tell your Healthcare Provider if you take medicines for depression, migraines, or other medical conditions, such as: triptans; medicines used to treat mood, anxiety, psychotic or thought disorders, including tricyclics, lithium, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, selective serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors, monoamine oxidase inhibitors, or antipsychotics; cabergoline; linezolid (an antibiotic); tramadol; dextromethorphan (an over-the-counter (OTC) common cold/cough medicine); OTC supplements such as tryptophan or St. John’s Wort; or erectile dysfunction medicines.

BELVIQ/BELVIQ XR is a federally controlled substance (CIV) because they may be abused or lead to drug dependence.

For more information about BELVIQ/BELVIQ XR talk to your Healthcare Provider and see the full Product Information.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

BELVIQ® and BELVIQ XR® are registered trademarks of Eisai Inc.

SONDRA

9-1-1 Dispatcher

"I have always tried to find a way to lose weight so that it would not be the central focus in my life."

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Sondra:

Weight loss is a life-long struggle; it has always been there ….as long as I can remember, it has always been at the back of my mind; but the fact that I work two jobs – one of them at night as a 911 dispatcher certainly doesn’t help the situation. People are always bringing in food – and when I was surrounded by food – I tended to feel hungry – even if I had just eaten.

I have tried a lot of different diets, including those that sell prepared meals. While they seemed to work for a little while, I just couldn’t seem to keep the weight off.

It’s not that I’m not active. I am. I’ve always had an active lifestyle – I played basketball when I was younger and enjoy swimming, walking, and hiking. But no matter what I would do, all the weight would come back.

Finally, 4 years ago, when I reached 320 pounds, I decided to have weight-loss surgery. Once again, I saw immediate results. But this past year, the excess weight started to come back.

It was so disappointing. I blamed myself for not trying hard enough. I didn’t know what to do.

I felt defeated, and I went back to my surgeon to ask for help. I told him that I felt my weight was spinning out of control, and I never want to be that heavy again. I needed some advice. He then referred me to a weight management program in San Diego.

After consulting with a nurse practitioner there, we talked about weight-loss medications, including BELVIQ.

Voiceover:

BELVIQ/BELVIQ XR is an FDA-approved prescription weight-loss medication that, when used with diet and exercise, can help some adults (body mass index [BMI] ≥27 kg/m2) living with extra weight, with a weight-related medical problem, or adults living with obesity (BMI ≥30 kg/m2), lose weight and keep it off. It is not known if BELVIQ/BELVIQ XR when taken with other prescription, over-the-counter, or herbal weight-loss products is safe and effective. It is not known if BELVIQ/BELVIQ XR changes your risk of heart problems, stroke, or death due to heart problems or stroke.

Sondra:

I went to the product website and learned about the risks and benefits of BELVIQ like the fact that you shouldn’t take the drug if you are planning to become pregnant.

My healthcare provider and I determined that BELVIQ was right for me. I am happy to say that I have been consistently losing weight since starting BELVIQ 4 months ago. I just don’t think about food as much. I see a big change in my patterns of eating too.

When people bring food in, I appreciate the thought, but I say no thank you and turn it away. I make good decisions about food and eat lots of fresh fruits and grains. I also work out 4-5 times a week.

I know there’s not one easy answer for people like me who are trying to lose weight. This is just my experience. Results may vary for each person.

But the decision to start BELVIQ was the right one for me. I encourage those people who are struggling with their weight to talk to their healthcare professional about the options that are available to them.

Diet and exercise are certainly important but when those don’t work, there are other options that may help with the weight-loss journey. It’s a matter of speaking up and being an advocate for yourself and for your health.

Voiceover:

Important Safety Information

Pregnancy: Do not take if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, as weight loss offers no benefit during pregnancy and BELVIQ/BELVIQ XR may harm your unborn baby.

Hypersensitivity reactions: Do not take if you are allergic to lorcaserin or any of the ingredients in BELVIQ/BELVIQ XR.

Serotonin Syndrome or Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome (NMS)like reactions: Before using, tell your Healthcare Provider about all the medicines you take, especially medicines that treat depression, migraines, mental problems, or the common cold. These medicines may cause serious or life-threatening side effects if taken with BELVIQ/BELVIQ XR. Call your Healthcare Provider right away if you experience agitation, hallucinations, confusion, or other changes in mental status; coordination problems; uncontrolled muscle spasms; muscle twitching; restlessness; racing or fast heartbeat; high or low blood pressure; sweating; fever; nausea; vomiting; diarrhea; or stiff muscles.

Valvular heart disease: Some people taking medicines like BELVIQ/BELVIQ XR have had heart valve problems. Call your Healthcare Provider right away if you experience trouble breathing; swelling of the arms, legs, ankles, or feet; dizziness, fatigue, or weakness that will not go away; or fast or irregular heartbeat. Before taking BELVIQ/BELVIQ XR, tell your Healthcare Provider if you have or have had heart problems.

Changes in attention or memory: BELVIQ/BELVIQ XR may slow your thinking. You should not drive a car or operate heavy equipment until you know how BELVIQ/BELVIQ XR affects you.

Mental problems: Taking too much BELVIQ/BELVIQ XR may cause hallucinations, a feeling of being high or in a very good mood, or feelings of standing outside your body.

Depression or thoughts of suicide: Call your Healthcare Provider right away if you notice any mental changes, especially sudden changes in your mood, behaviors, thoughts, or feelings, or if you have depression or thoughts of suicide.

Low blood sugar: Weight loss can cause low blood sugar in people taking medicines for type 2 diabetes, such as insulin or sulfonylureas. Blood sugar levels should be checked before and while taking BELVIQ/BELVIQ XR. Changes to diabetes medication may be needed if low blood sugar develops.

Painful erections: If you have an erection lasting more than 4 hours while on, stop taking BELVIQ/BELVIQ XR and call your Healthcare Provider or go to the nearest emergency room right away.

Slow heartbeat: BELVIQ/BELVIQ XR may cause your heart to beat slower.

Decreases in blood cell count: BELVIQ/BELVIQ XR may cause your red and white blood cell counts to decrease.

Increase in prolactin: BELVIQ/BELVIQ XR may increase the amount of a hormone called prolactin. Tell your Healthcare Provider if your breasts begin to make milk or a milky fluid, or if you are a male and your breasts increase in size.

Most common side effects of BELVIQ/BELVIQ XR: Headache, dizziness, fatigue, nausea, dry mouth, constipation, cough, low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) in patients with diabetes, and back pain.

Nursing: BELVIQ/BELVIQ XR should not be taken while breastfeeding.

Drug interactions: Before taking BELVIQ/BELVIQ XR, tell your Healthcare Provider if you take medicines for depression, migraines, or other medical conditions, such as: triptans; medicines used to treat mood, anxiety, psychotic or thought disorders, including tricyclics, lithium, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, selective serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors, monoamine oxidase inhibitors, or antipsychotics; cabergoline; linezolid (an antibiotic); tramadol; dextromethorphan (an over-the-counter (OTC) common cold/cough medicine); OTC supplements such as tryptophan or St. John’s Wort; or erectile dysfunction medicines.

BELVIQ/BELVIQ XR is a federally controlled substance (CIV) because they may be abused or lead to drug dependence.

For more information about BELVIQ/BELVIQ XR talk to your Healthcare Provider and see the full Product Information.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

BELVIQ® and BELVIQ XR® are registered trademarks of Eisai Inc.

Janet

Homemaker

"On BELVIQ, I noticed a change in my appetite. I finally felt like I could say ‘No, I’m full,’ and actually leave some food on my plate."

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Tom

Retired Firefighter

"I began to notice subtle changes in my appetite. Prior to BELVIQ I would wake up ravenous. I would snack all day and eat big meals. But since starting BELVIQ, I feel full for longer periods of time."

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Lisa

Ultrasound Technologist

"I finally decided it was time to have a conversation with my doctor about my weight. Though I was intimidated to talk to him about such a sensitive topic, I'm so glad I did."

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Rosemary

Night Shift Worker

"BELVIQ has really helped me to manage many of the struggles of eating too much that come along with working the night shift. I feel like I am better able to regulate my eating patterns, and I am making healthier choices throughout the day."

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