This is also known as Sibutramine: it affects the patient’s desire for food by reducing their appetite. Your appetite is controlled by the hormone ghrelin which is also known as ‘the hunger hormone’. This hormone is released into your bloodstream and travels to your brain. Once there it triggers feelings of hunger which lead to food intake.

Your body also sends signals to let you know that you have eaten enough food. It triggers the production of a hormone called leptin which emits signals of fullness. This is a balancing act between the two. Reductil works by directly affecting this balance so that you will experience being full, after a meal, a lot sooner than usual. Your appetite will have reduced which means reduced calorie intake. If your calorie intake is less than your calorie expenditure then you will lose weight. It is meant to be used as part of an overall weight loss plan and is NOT to be used as a general ‘slimming aid’. If you choose to have this medication then you will need to eat carefully and healthily whilst taking this drug. There are side effects with this medication which your GP will discuss beforehand with you.

Reductil is not suitable for everyone and there is a long list of exclusions. This includes the following:

  • anorexia
  • pregnancy or nursing mothers
  • high/low blood pressure
  • Parkinson’s disease or other similar conditions
  • chronic heart disease and/or other heart conditions
  • liver and kidney complaints
  • stroke or risk of stroke
  • depression
  • eye disorders
  • seizures or at risk of seizures

If you have taken this medication before or are currently taking any other weight loss drug then you will not be eligible for Reductil.

Anti Obesity Medication

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