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Lorcaserin for the treatment of obesity.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21589947     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Obesity is a worldwide epidemic and there is an urgent need for the development of effective pharmacological therapies that target the metabolic and behavioral factors of body weight regulation. Serotonin (5-HT) has been implicated as a critical factor in the short-term (meal-by-meal) regulation of food intake and pharmaceutical companies have invested millions of dollars to discover and develop drug targets for the serotonergic pathway. Lorcaserin is a novel selective agonist of the 5-HT(2C) receptor for weight loss therapy. Preclinical and clinical studies indicate lorcaserin is well tolerated and not associated with cardiac valvulopathy or pulmonary hypertension suggesting that lorcaserin is a selective 5-HT(2C) receptor agonist and has little or no activation of the 5-HT(2B) and 5-HT(2A) receptors, respectively. Lorcaserin acts to alter energy balance through a reduction in energy intake and without an increase in energy expenditure and achieved the U.S. Food and Drug Administration guidelines for weight loss efficacy. It remains to be determined whether or not lorcaserin will be approved for the long-term management of obesity.
L M Redman; E Ravussin
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Drugs of today (Barcelona, Spain : 1998)     Volume:  46     ISSN:  1699-3993     ISO Abbreviation:  Drugs Today     Publication Date:  2010 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-05-18     Completed Date:  2011-06-09     Revised Date:  2013-09-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101160518     Medline TA:  Drugs Today (Barc)     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  901-10     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright 2010 Prous Science, S.A.U. or its licensors. All rights reserved.
Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70808, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Benzazepines / adverse effects,  pharmacology,  therapeutic use*
Clinical Trials as Topic
Obesity / drug therapy*
Serotonin 5-HT2 Receptor Agonists / therapeutic use*
Grant Support
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Benzazepines; 0/Serotonin 5-HT2 Receptor Agonists; 637E494O0Z/lorcaserin

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