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Belviq vs. Saxenda

Are Belviq and Saxenda the Same Thing?

Belviq (lorcaserin hydrochloride) and Saxenda (liraglutide [rDNA origin]) are used for chronic weight management in adults with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater (obese) as an addition to a reduced-calorie diet and exercise and who have at least one weight-related condition such as high blood pressure (hypertension), type 2 diabetes, or high cholesterol (dyslipidemia).

Belviq and Saxenda belong to different drug classes. Belviq is a serotonin 2C receptor agonist and Saxenda is an analog of human GLP-1 and acts as a GLP-1 receptor agonist.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Belviq?

Common side effects of Belviq include:

What Are Possible Side Effects of Saxenda?

Common side effects of Saxenda include:

What Is Belviq?

Belviq (lorcaserin hydrochloride) is a serotonin 2C receptor agonist indicated for the treatment of chronic weight management in adults with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater (obese) as an addition to a reduced-calorie diet and exercise. Belviq is also approved for use by adults with a BMI of 27 or greater (overweight) and who have at least one weight-related condition such as high blood pressure (hypertension), type 2 diabetes, or high cholesterol (dyslipidemia).

What Is Saxenda?

Saxenda (liraglutide [rDNA origin]) Injection is an analog of human GLP-1 and acts as a GLP-1 receptor agonist used for as an adjunct to a reduced-calorie diet and increased physical activity for chronic weight management in adult patients with an initial body mass index (BMI) of 30 kg/m2 or greater (obese), or 27 kg/m2 or greater (overweight) in the presence of at least one weight-related comorbid condition (e.g., hypertension, type 2 diabetes mellitus, or dyslipidemia).

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What Drugs Interact With Belviq?

Belviq may interact with antidepressants, including selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs), monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), triptans, bupropion, dextromethorphan, or St. John's Wort. Tell your doctor all medications you use.

What Drugs Interact With Saxenda?

Saxenda may interact with other oral medications taken at the same time. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use.

How Should Belviq Be Taken?

Belviq is taken orally. The recommended dosage of Belviq is one 10mg tablets taken twice per day. Belviq should be discontinued if 5% weight loss is not achieved by week 12 of therapy.

How Should Saxenda Be Taken?

The recommended dosage of Saxenda is 3 mg daily.

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Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

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