Reductil is a powerful prescription drug which can have a modest weight loss effect, though there are some strong potential side effects. Reductil (Meridia in the US), is a serotonin reuptake inhibitor which acts directly on the appetite control centre in the brain. Reductil, or more specifically its main ingredient, Sibutramine, stops the neurotransmitters serotonin and noradrenaline from being reabsorbed after they've been released in the brain. This creates a feeling of satiety even when he or she has had little to eat. Many people think of it as an appetite suppressant, but it actually just tells your stomach that you're full. As a result Reductil is helpful for people who have a hard time controlling their cravings and keeping to small portion sizes. Reductil is only prescribed to people with a BMI of 30 or above with a documented history of problems reducing their weight using traditional weight loss techniques.
Reductil should be used in conjunction with a low calorie diet, and under a doctor's advice (it is one of only two prescription weight loss drugs available in the UK, the other being Xenical). Likewise, there is a long list of conditions and medications which rule out safe Reductil use, so again, get medical advice. You take one capsule per day and should start losing weight within a month. Reductil is intended to be taken for no longer than one year.
Sibutramine has been extensively studied in more than 100 clinical trials involving over 12,000 patients. Over 14 million people have used the product for obesity treatment since its approval in 1997. In one 12-month study , average weight loss for those taking Reductil for one year (the maximum advised time on the drug), was 10 pounds. Given the limited weight loss potential, possibility of potent side effects, and considerable price, we'd regard Reductil as a last resort.
Ill Effects: The most common side effects are dry mouth, loss of appetite, insomnia, constipation, and headaches. Less common side effects include include fever, diarrhea, flatulence, dental problems, increased or decreased libido, tremors, hair loss, inflammation of the stomach, seizures, swelling, arthritis, agitation, leg cramps, depression, suicidal thoughts, confused thought processes, troubled dreams, nasal congestion, bronchitis, difficulty breathing, itchy skin, high or low blood pressure, loss of vision in one eye, and menstrual irregularities.
In the US, Reductil (marketed under the name Meridia) is a controlled substance classified in Schedule IV of the Controlled Substances Act. If you have a history of drug abuse, you may be monitored by your physician for signs of misuse of Reductil, such as development of tolerance or increasing of doses. In November 2009, the FDA announced it was investigating Sibutramine after preliminary studies indicated users may suffer a higher risk of heart attacks, stroke, and death.
Prices: As Reductil is a prescription medication and illegal to purchase in the UK over the counter or over the internet, we don't provide purchase links or prices. However, purely for price comparison, it costs for around £108 for a one-month's supply.