Is A New Diet Drug Safe?

July 3, 2012 Updated Jul 3, 2012 at 9:22 AM EDT

By WKBW News

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July 3, 2012 Updated Jul 3, 2012 at 9:22 AM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. ( WKBW ) Dr. Raul Vazquez of Urban Family Practice stopped by Channel 7's "Eyewitness News This Morning" Tuesday to update us about a new diet drug.

It is called Belviq.

Belviq works by activating the serotonin 2C receptor in the brain.

The drug is approved for use in adults with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater (obese), or 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).

The most common side effects of Belviq in non-diabetic patients are headache, dizziness, fatigue, nausea, dry mouth, and constipation, and in diabetic patients are low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), headache, back pain, cough, and fatigue.

Before taking any medication, check with your physician.

Click the video for more with Dr. V.