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What is reductil, who should use it and when?

Reductil is a kind of a medication that is used as anappetite suppressant but only in cases of extremely overweight people who needto lose weight because they are at risk of developing some serious diseasewhich is related to the weight. The doctors are those who have to prescribe thismedication, and before doing that, they have to take into consideration patient’smedical history, current health condition, as well as body mass index, which isusually over 30. Also, since reductil is prescribed only in cases in which allother methods of weight reduction have failed in showing results, it means thatit definitely cannot be used as a diet pill when a person wants to lose a fewextra pounds.

Reductil works by keeping the levels of serotonin andnoradrenaline, the two chemicals that are released by the brain after we haveeaten, on a level which makes us feel full, calm and definitely not hungry.

Risks and side effects related to reductil

However, this medication may affect one’s health in anegative way as well, and cause some serious unwanted effects. That is thereason why it is even officially banned in certain countries and why it canonly be used if prescribed by the doctor. In order to reduce the risk of their occurrenceto minimum, the doctor should not prescribe them to patients who have problemswith kidneys, liver, heart, as well as women who expect baby or who arebreastfeeding. Also, if a patient is already taking some other medications,extra special attention should be paid because of the possible interactions, because they can also cause serious consequences, among which is the risk of bleeding.

When it comes to the possible unwanted effects of thismedication, the least serious are the increase of temperature, dry mouth,diarrhea, constipation, blurred vision and nausea. On the other side, headachesmay be experienced as well, but the problems that are rather serious areincreased anxiety, even depression, hemorrhoids, increased blood pressure andheart rate.

A few side effects typical for men are the loss of sex drive andeven impotence, while women may have problems with irregular menstrual cycles. Havingin mind heart related problems and the fact that an alarming number of people whoused this medication has reported either stroke, or heart attack, and that a partof such cases had a fatal outcome, the European Medicines Agency banned itexactly because of these statistical data.

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