What Is Lorcaserin Used For?

How Does It Work?

The exact way that lorcaserin works to help with weight loss is unknown. What is known is that the drug binds to and activates a certain type of serotonin receptor in the brain (the serotonin 2c receptors). Serotonin is a neurotransmitter (brain chemical) that plays an important role in several areas, including mood, sleep, and appetite. It is thought that, by activating serotonin receptors, lorcaserin helps people eat less and feel full faster.

Can Children Use It?

Lorcaserin has not been adequately studied in children, and is not approved for use in individuals younger than 18 years of age. Talk to your healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of using this medicine in children.

Is It Safe for Older Adults to Take Lorcaserin?

Older adults can use this medication. However, there is currently not enough information available about lorcaserin use in older adults to determine if they will respond any differently than younger age groups.

What About Off-Label Uses?

On occasion, healthcare providers may recommend medications for something other than the officially approved uses. This is called an "off-label" use. At this time, there are no well-established off-label uses for lorcaserin.

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