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Belviq and drug testing

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Murse82 Murse82 (New) New

Hey all!

New to the forum and have a quick question to you out there

I was on prescription amphetamines for years and got addicted to them. I have been 2.5 years clean ( yay me!) but on the adverse side, I've gained about 70 pounds. ( yikes)

Talked with my doc and he wants to put me on Belviq, a non stimulant based prescription weight loss drug. Problem is, the drug is a controlled scheduled 4 and I am randomly urine tested from DrugScan ( option 1). Based on this drug and it's mechanism of action , it's not an upper or downer and really seems like a drug of abuse, so probably would not pop a positive. I know if I can my case manager about this drug, she will instantly deny it. Not because she did research and found that it was truly a threat to sobriety, but because she seems to get off on being withholding by saying no to everything!

Have you tried this drug before?

JustBeachyNurse, RN

Specializes in Complex pediatrics turned LTC/subacute geriatrics. Has 11 years experience.

Hey all!

New to the forum and have a quick question to you out there

I was on prescription amphetamines for years and got addicted to them. I have been 2.5 years clean ( yay me!) but on the adverse side, I've gained about 70 pounds. ( yikes)

Talked with my doc and he wants to put me on Belviq, a non stimulant based prescription weight loss drug. Problem is, the drug is a controlled scheduled 4 and I am randomly urine tested from DrugScan ( option 1). Based on this drug and it's mechanism of action , it's not an upper or downer and really seems like a drug of abuse, so probably would not pop a positive. I know if I can my case manager about this drug, she will instantly deny it. Not because she did research and found that it was truly a threat to sobriety, but because she seems to get off on being withholding by saying no to everything!

Have you tried this drug before?

Does the physician who wishes to prescribe this for you know that you are in a monitored recovery program for amphetamine addiction ? Some of the new diet drugs have cross addictive reactions hence the class IV status.

I've not tried this drug, maybe someone else here has. Are you 100% sure that it wouldn't show up? That's a big risk, not telling your case manager. Is it in your contract that your medical records are accessible by the board? In my state that is part of the contract. I'd be afraid they'd want to do a review one of these days...

Does the physician who wishes to prescribe this for you know that you are in a monitored recovery program for amphetamine addiction ? Some of the new diet drugs have cross addictive reactions hence the class IV status.

He does know, it was the first thing I told him when he questioned why I couldn't take amphetamine like anoretics ( phentermine). He felt comfortable with this drug because it isn't a stimulant and it's controlled schedule is questionable.

he also said, and I did research and verified, that the only reason the DEA scheduled it is because doses FIVE times the Max daily dose can target the same receptors as LSD and caused some withdrawal when patients stopped cold turkey. There is no observable addiction potential at therapeutic doses. Unfortunately, my CM doesn't bog herself down with facts however.

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I've not tried this drug, maybe someone else here has. Are you 100% sure that it wouldn't show up? That's a big risk, not telling your case manager. Is it in your contract that your medical records are accessible by the board? In my state that is part of the contract. I'd be afraid they'd want to do a review one of these days...

Im a self referral so BON doesn't know.

Esme12, ASN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care, ED, Cath lab, CTPAC,Trauma. Has 41 years experience.

Welcome to AN! The largest online nursing community!

Congrats on your sobriety!

I think it is unwise to be hiding things on your monitored recovery program. Belviq does have addictive qualities. However we cannot give medical advice as per the Terms of Service.

Please speak with the prescribing MD or your monitoring program.

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I wish you the best.

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