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Lorqess (Lorcaserin)

Lorqess (Lorcaserin) is a weight loss medicine used to treat adults who are overweight or obese, and those who are at risk of health complications associated with being overweight.

This medication helps with weight loss by making a person feel fuller after smaller meals. Feeling full after eating less will prevent overeating and reduce weight. Lorqess should be used alongside a healthy diet and exercise to see effective results.

Lorqess (Lorcaserin) is a weight loss medicine used to treat adults who are overweight or obese, and those who are at risk of health complications associated with being overweight.

This medication helps with weight loss by making a person feel fuller after smaller meals. Feeling full after eating less will prevent overeating and reduce weight. Lorqess should be used alongside a healthy diet and exercise to see effective results.

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How does Lorqess work?

The generic drug, Lorcaserin, belongs to a class of drugs known as serotonin receptor agonists and acts on the part of the brain which controls appetite known as the hypothalamus. To reduce appetite, Lorcaserin activates the 5-HT2C receptor in the hypothalamus.

How should Lorqess be used?

Lorqess should only be used for the intended purpose of losing weight, however, it should not be dependent on as the sole way to lose weight, for it to be effective you should use it alongside living a healthy lifestyle.

Lorqess is available in tablet form and is taken orally twice a day, with or without food. Taking it consistently will improve its effectiveness. Taking more than what is recommended by your doctor will not encourage more weight loss and is in fact dangerous to your health if overdosed.

Is it a safe weight loss medication?

As with any new drug on the market there are concerns over safety, particularly when it comes to weight loss medications. Lorqess has passed phase lll of clinical trials which means it has been tested on a large group of participants, usually in the hundreds. The clinical trials have shown a good response to the drug, with few side effects, and few adverse reactions. Lorcaserin has been approved in the US by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) since 2012.

How will this medication benefit the public?

Obesity is on the rise with 1 in 4 adults affected by the condition in the UK. A drug which reduces weight also reduces the risks associated with obesity such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Lorqess may be one method of combating the obesity epidemic in our society.

When will this drug be available?

Lorcaserin has been approved in the US and marketed under the name Belviq, however, it is not yet available in the UK. Latest studies have found lorcaserin to be safe for use and does not increase the risk of heart attacks and stroke like some other weight loss medications do. It seems promising that lorcaserin will also be approved in the UK under the name Lorqess, but it’s not likely to be available on the NHS due to cost.