Lorcaserin Hydrochloride Drug Information

People who are obese or who have a weight-related medical condition may consider taking lorcaserin (Belviq®). This medicine is available by prescription only and is approved to help people lose weight. It should be used in combination with a low-calorie diet and exercise.
Because this weight loss medication is not safe for some people, make sure to provide your healthcare provider with information on any medical conditions you have and any drugs you are taking. Although lorcaserin hydrochloride is sometimes called the "generic" name for Belviq, it is simply the active ingredient and not a generic version of the medication.
Lorcaserin comes as a tablet that is taken twice daily. Some of the common side effects of this medicine include nausea, dizziness, and headaches.
(Click Lorcaserin to learn more about this drug, including detailed information on how it works, how it performed in clinical trials, and how to help minimize your risk for potentially dangerous complications.)
Last reviewed by: Arthur Schoenstadt, MD