SIBUTRAMINE HCL is a medication that assists with weight-loss by altering neurotransmitters within the brain. Neurotransmitters are chemicals that are produced and released by nerves in order to communicate with other nerves. Released neurotransmitters may attach to other nerves or they may be taken up again by the nerves that release them, a process termed reuptake. Sibutramine blocks the reuptake of the neurotransmitters dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin. Blocking the reuptake of neurotransmitters alters the balance of neurotransmitters within the nerve cells and thereby affect nerve function and interaction. Patients taking sibutramine may achieve a 5 -10% reduction from their baseline weight. Additionally,SIBUTRAMINE HCL assisted weight loss has been accompanied by improvement in blood lipids (e.g, cholesterol).
PRESCRIBED FOR: SIBUTRAMINE HCL is used for weight loss in conjunction with a low calorie diet. Specific populations for whom the medication is recommended are those with an initial body mass index of more than 30 kg/m2 (27 mg/m2 if they also have other risk factors such as diabetes mellitus, high cholesterol or hypertension).
DOSING: SIBUTRAMINE HCL is taken once daily, generally in the morning. Therapy usually is started with one 10 – 20mg tablet per day. Doses of up to 60mg have been studied. Sibutramine may be taken with or without food.