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Belviq Patient Information including How Should I Take
In this Article
- What is lorcaserin (Belviq)?
- What are the possible side effects of lorcaserin (Belviq)?
- What is the most important information I should know about lorcaserin (Belviq)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking lorcaserin (Belviq)?
- How should I take lorcaserin (Belviq)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Belviq)?
- What happens if I overdose (Belviq)?
- What should I avoid while taking lorcaserin (Belviq)?
- What other drugs will affect lorcaserin (Belviq)?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking lorcaserin (Belviq)?
You should not use lorcaserin if you are allergic to it, or if you are pregnant.
To make sure you can safely take lorcaserin, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:
- 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).
Lorcaserin may be habit forming and should be used only by the person for whom it was prescribed. Never share lorcaserin with another person, especially someone with a history of drug abuse or addiction. Keep the medication in a place where others cannot get to it.
FDA pregnancy category X. Weight loss during pregnancy can harm an unborn baby, even if you are overweight. Do not use lorcaserin if you are pregnant. Tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant during treatment.
It is not known whether lorcaserin passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while you are using lorcaserin.
Do not give this medication to anyone under 18 years old without medical advice.
How should I take lorcaserin (Belviq)?
Take exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
The usual dose of lorcaserin is 1 tablet 2 times each day. Follow your doctor's instructions.
You may take lorcaserin with or without food.
You should lose at least 5% of your starting weight during the first 12 weeks of taking lorcaserin and eating a low calorie diet. 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. Follow your diet, medication, and exercise routines very closely.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Keep track of the amount of medicine used from each new bottle. Lorcaserin is a drug of abuse and you should be aware if anyone is using your medicine improperly or without a prescription.
Do not share lorcaserin with another person. Keep the medication in a place where others cannot get to it.
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