Reductil – is an appetite suppressant used for short-term treatment of obesity. Action of this anorectic for weight loss includes suppression the feeling of hunger. Like any other drug, Reductil may cause side effects. Its active ingredient Sibutramine has the same effects as some antidepressants. Therefore, use the appetite suppressant with caution.
Potential Reductil side effects may occur only in the first month of using this appetite suppressant, are mild and reversible and then disappear. Only 7% of patients taking Reductil stop using this anorectic because of side effects.
Most frequently, Reductil may cause common adverse reactions: allergic reaction, stiff neck, angina, abdominal pain, weakness, acute respiratory infection, back pain, or cephalalgia. Cutaneous Reductil side effects may include acne, herpes, hyperhidrosis or rash.
Reductil side effects from the central nervous system are depressive disorder, anxiety, lightheadedness, insomnia, sleepiness, dry mouth, emotional lability, and hand and finger numbness. Reductil side effects from cardiovascular system are palpitation, high blood pressure, headache, hot flushes or tachyarrhythmia.
Since Reductil affects the digestive system, side effects from organs of digestive system may include rectal disorder, emesis, gastritis, indigestion, nausea, polyphagia, constipation or anorexia. Furthermore, such adverse reactions as edema or thirst may occur.
When using Reductil, the following side effects are very rarely observed:
However, these adverse reactions usually disappear after discontinuation of using the appetite suppressant.
Reductil side effects may occur for several reasons. They include overdose, interaction with other drugs and individual intolerance of the anorectic or availability of obesity related diseases.
Reductil overdose may lead to such side effects as dizziness, headache, hypertension or tachycardia. To reduce adverse reactions resulting from Reductil overdose, it is necessary to wash out the stomach.
Caution should be taken when using Reductil with other CNS-active drugs. Combined use of Reductil and centrally acting drugs may cause a large number of side effects, collectively known as “serotonin syndrome”. It may include one or more such side effects as vomiting, pupillary dilation, shuddering, incoordination, dysarthria, myasthenia or confusion.
Because of side effects from cardiovascular system, Reductil should be used with caution in patients with heart diseases and those suffered a heart attack or stroke. Use of the appetite suppressant in these patients may lead to the following adverse reactions: increase in blood pressure and increased heart rate.
Efficiency of Reductil for adolescents under 16 years old has not been proven because of insufficient number of clinical trials. The trials carried out on several teenagers suffering from obesity have revealed the risk of such side effects as suicidal behavior or thinking and other mental disorders (including anxiety) while using Reductil.
Many Reductil side effects can be avoided if to observe all precautions and strictly follow the prescribed dosage when using this appetite suppressant. Before using this anorectic, it is necessary to take into account all recommendations and contraindications, so it is possible to prevent the risk of adverse reactions.