The Food and Drug Administration approves a new drug that is said to treat obesity. According to the manufacturer, the said drug is designed to make your think you are full.
The New Drug
The new medication called Qysmia, is a combination of two older medications which came out last fall. Belviq, a brand new medicine will soon be arriving in pharmacies.
According to Dr. Marc Ikowitz, an internist at Allegheny General Hospital, these are their first new drugs for obesity in 10 years. He also added that the extra medication is helpful as they are losing the battle against obesity.
Solution for Obesity?
Both drugs were approved last summer and have helped people lose about five to 10 percent of their body weight. This is if the person weighs 35 pounds heavier than they should be. The drugs activate a receptor in the brain that signals a feeling of being full with less food.
Some critics, however, are being cautious with these drugs. Belviq was rejected by the FDA in 2010 because of the reports on heart valve side effects. Qsymia, on the other hand, increases the heart rate of some people.