A new weight loss drug is up for FDA approval and is looking to buck the recent trend of harsh weight loss medications.
The new drug Qnexa, which is a combination of the drugs, Lorcaserin and Contrave is looking to provide effective weight-loss without the dangerous side effects that have hampered other weight loss drugs like fen-phen and Meridia. Fen-phen was pulled from the off the shelves in 1997 when it was linked to a thickening of the heart valve.
Dr. Ken Fujioka, director of the Scripps Clinic Center for Weight Management in San Diego said, “It’s shown a 10 to 15 percent weight-loss in patients, which is very impressive.”
If the side effects prove to be minimal, this could end up being a great drug to help many who suffer from obesity reclaim there lives. As for now, the only FDA approved weight loss drug is over the counter Alli.