Medications and Drugs
Brand Names: Belviq
Generic Name: lorcaserin (Pronunciation: lor KAS er in)
What is lorcaserin (Belviq)?
Lorcaserin affects chemicals in the brain that affect appetite.
Lorcaserin will not treat any underlying condition you have (such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure). Keep taking any other medications your doctor has prescribed to treat these conditions.
Lorcaserin may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
What are the possible side effects of lorcaserin (Belviq)?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using lorcaserin and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:
Less serious side effects may include:
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What is the most important information I should know about lorcaserin (Belviq)?
You should not use lorcaserin if you are allergic to it, or if you are pregnant.
Before you take lorcaserin, tell your doctor if you have diabetes, congestive heart failure, a heart valve disorder, sickle cell anemia, leukemia or myeloma, kidney or liver disease, or a physical deformity of the penis (such as Peyronie's disease).
You should not breast-feed while you are using lorcaserin.
Lorcaserin may be habit-forming and should be used only by the person for whom it was prescribed. Keep the medication in a secure place where others cannot get to it.
Do not take this medication in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended
Tell your doctor if you do not lose at least 5% of your starting weight after taking the medication for 12 weeks.
Lorcaserin is only part of a complete program of treatment that also includes diet, exercise, weight control, and possibly testing your blood sugar.
There are many other drugs that can interact with lorcaserin. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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