Reductil (Sibutramine)


Reductil has now been removed from the market following a review by the EMA (European Medical Agency). This review suggested links to an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes.

With it's withdrawal, there are no similar satiety enhancer drugs to aid weight loss. There is however Xenical (Orlistat) which works in a different way. Click here to read our Xenical review.

A popular prescription drug to aid weight loss, Reductil has been around since the early 2000's. lt is a satiety enhancer meaning it makes you believe you don't need to eat as you are full.

he prescribed Reductil slimming pills ( also known as Sibutramine ) inhibit the re-uptake of noradrenalin and serotonin. It is used in the adjunctive management of obesity and sibutramine is usually used for individuals who have a BMI of 30kg/m2 or more.

Those with type 2 diabetes and hypercholesterolemia with a BMI of 27kg/m2 or more are also eligible to take Reductil slimming pills. It is not recommended that you use sibutramine for longer than a year. If you stop using Reductil, you may find that much of the weight that you have lost might be regained.

Reductil is specifically useful for those people who have already tried to lose weight by the usual means such as dieting, exercise and lifestyle changes. Having tried these methods to try to lose weight, this pill is then a possibility which can potentially help.

For those taking this drug, healthcare professionals should be consulted for specific advice, support and counselling on lifestyle, diet and exercise.

It is available on prescription from your GP following endorsement by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE). This is not a wonder drug and cannot produce excessive weight loss results in the extreme short term; it takes time to work effectively and efficiently. It should be taken as part of a balanced and well managed, sensible programme of weight loss. Side effects include constipation, dry mouth, taste disturbances, nausea, diarrhoea, insomnia, headaches and depression.

At first, take 10mg daily in the morning but if weight loss is less than 2kg, after 4 weeks, then the dosage should be increased to 15mg daily. If weight loss is less than 2kg after 4 weeks at the higher dose, then use of the drug should be stopped. The maximum usage is one year and children under 18 and those over 65 should avoid using this product.

Our Opinion

One of two prescribed weight loss drugs in the UK right now. It works. Ensure you see your GP or get medical advice before taking.

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