New Diet Pill Approved By FDA

June 28, 2012 Updated Jun 28, 2012 at 6:55 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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June 28, 2012 Updated Jun 28, 2012 at 6:55 PM EDT


(WKBW/ABC News) For the first time in more than a decade, a new prescription drug for long term weight loss has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

The new pill, known commercially as Belviq, is only approved for adults who are obese or overweight with at least one weight-related condition, like high blood pressure or diabetes.

Belviq acts on receptors in the brain to make you feel full so you eat less.

In clinical trials, Belviq produced only modest results. Patients who took it were twice as likely to lose 5 percent of their body weight.

Doctors say it's not a big difference, but in a country where adult obesity rates are approaching 35%, they say any new tool to fight the obesity epidemic is welcome.

Experts say this pill should only be used by patients who need more than a lifestyle change to lose weight, and for whom losing weight is a medical necessity.

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