Sibutramine. Drug and Patient Information. Dosage. Overdose. Generic or Brand Sibutramine. For Professionals and Consumers.
Sibutramine is a prescription appetite suppressant medication used for the medical management of obesity. Sibutramine works by increasing the activity of the chemicals norepinephrine and serotonin, in the brain.
Brand Name: Reductil
Other Brand Name: Meridia
Generic name: Sibutramine
Sibutramine is recommended for overweight people with an initial body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher, or for overweight people with a BMI of 27 or higher if they have other medical risk factors such as high blood pressure, diabetes, or high cholesterol. Sibutramine should be used in conjunction with a reduced calorie diet and Sibutramine can enable you to lose weight and keep it off permanently. Sibutramine can be used safely for 12 month or more.
How Sibutramine Works
Sibutramine works by controlling how much you eat. It will enable you to feel full up with less food and therefore help to control how much you eat.
Side effects of Sibutramine
Sibutramine can cause increased blood pressure and heart rate. Anyone with blood pressure problems should not take Sibutramine.
Other side effects of Sibutramine include:
Constipation, Insomnia, Breathing problems, Nausea, Depression, Fever and Light-headedness.
Medicines to avoid whilst taking Sibutramine
Medicine for migraine, Antifungal
medicines (ketaconazole or itraconazole), Epilepsy medicine (carbamazepine,
phenobarbital, phenonbarbitone and phenytoin), Opoid pain killers
(fentanyl, pentazocine, pethidine, dextromethorphan), Antibiotics
(rifampicin, erythromycin and clorithromycin), Steroids, Cough and
decongestant medicine as some of these medicines can raise blood
pressure, Antidepressants, Drugs for the immune system (cyclosporin,
To be avoided by:
Patients with a history of blood pressure
Patients with Parkinsons Disease
Pregnant or breastfeeding women – Sibutramine does not effect the use
of the contraceptive pill
Patients taking, or have taken in the previous month, MAOI drugs
Patients with history of heart problems eg. Heart attack, congestive
Patients taking other weight loss medicines
Patients with kidney or liver conditions
Patients suffering from depression
Patients suffering from anorexia nervosa
Patients who are high risk of having a stroke or who have had a
Patients who are using medicine to regulate the neurotransmitter
Patients who suffer from seizures
Not suitable for children
Sibutramine comes in two strengths 10 milligram and 15 milligram pills. You should commence with the lower dose of 10 milligrams. If you are not achieving the desired results the dosage can be increased to 15 milligrams pills.
One Sibutramine tablet should be taken each morning with or without food.
If you miss a dose do not take two pills resume your regular schedule the following day.
Sibutramine frequently asked questions
Is it necessary to excersise when taking Sibutramine?
A healthy lifestyle is recommended in which a controlled diet and regular excersice should be incorporated. Excercise will encourage faster weight loss and help with body tone.
Is it necessary to diet when taking Sibutramine?
Sibutramine cannot be relied upon to achieve your desired weight loss if your diet is excessive. Although a strict calorie controlled diet isn?t necessary a healthy diet and sensible eating will aid your weight loss whilst using Sibutramine.
Is it necessary to take any other supplements ie. extra vitamins?
It is not necessary to take additional vitamins or supplements with Sibutramine. If you follow an healthy diet you will receive all required nutrients.
Is it OK to drink alcohol when taking Sibutramine?
Due to the calorific value of alcohol it is not recommended to drink whilst taking the medication.
Is it possible to overdose with Sibutramine?
If you take too much Sibutramine by accident then consult your doctor.