Weight loss tablets

Weight loss tablets

Introduction

Mysimba

Mysimba is used as an aid to people needing to lose weight. The prolonged release tablets contain a combination of naltrexone hydrochloride and bupropion hydrochloride, which reduces the appetite and changes the taste of food.

What is Mysimba?

Mysimba is a weight loss treatment solution for anyone over the age of 18 who has a body mass index (BMI) of over 30 (which indicates obesity). If you have a BMI over 27 and suffer from co-morbidities such as type 2 diabetes or controlled hypertension then Mysimba could be the right weight loss medication for you to take.

A combination of naltrexone hydrochloride and bupropion hydrochloride, Mysimba has been developed to help people who want to lose weight by helping the brain to regulate your appetite and change the feelings you may have when eating food.

What are the key benefits of Mysimba?

Mysimba has been shown to help people lose an average of 5% of their total body weight after 16 weeks, compared to 1% without using the medicine, when taken with a reduced calorie diet and increased exercise.

Mysimba can also help you to reduce triglycerides and LDL (bad) cholesterol. Diabetics taking Mysimba also noted improvements in their blood sugar control.

How do you take Mysimba?

Mysimba is a tablet which can be taken with or without food. For the first week you take 1 tablet each morning. During the second week you take one tablet in the morning and 1 tablet in the evening. During the third week the dose is 2 tablets in the morning and 1 tablet in the evening. In the fourth week you should be taking 2 tablets both in the morning and in the evening.

Possible side effects

Mysimba can cause side effects in some patients.

The most common side effects are:

Insomnia

Restlessness

Anxiety

Headache

Disturbance in concentration

Dizziness

Hot flushes

Palpatations

Constipation

Nausea

Muscular pain

If you do experience side effects while taking Mysimba, please report them to your doctor.

Whilst taking Mysimba, you should have your blood pressure regularly checked.

Dosage instructions

Week 1: One tablet once a day in the morning

Week 2: One tablet twice a day, one in the morning and one in the evening

Week 3: Three tablets every day, two in the morning and one in the evening

Week 4 and onward: Two tablets twice a day, two in the morning and two in the evening

Service details

Price: Small charge

Frequency: When required...

Availability

This service is available in / from the following pharmacies:

Drylaw

Easter Road

Glenrothes

Kelty

Oxgangs

Select your preferred pharmacy to visit their page and enquire about this service or just pop in when it suits you.

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