Generic Medicine Info
Indications and Dosage
Adult: Patients w/ BMI ≥30 kg/m2 or ≥27 kg/m2 in the presence of other risk factors: Initially, 10 mg once daily, may increase to 15 mg once daily after 4 wk; 5 mg dose may be given to patients who cannot tolerate the 10 mg dose. Max: 15 mg daily.
Elderly: >65 yr Contraindicated.
Renal Impairment
Severe: Contraindicated.
Hepatic Impairment
Severe: Contraindicated.
May be taken with or without food.
Major eating disorder (anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa), inadequately controlled HTN (>145/90 mmHg). History of coronary artery disease, CHF, arrhythmias, stroke. Patients >65 yr of age. Severe renal or hepatic impairment. Lactation. Concomitant use w/ MAOIs and other centrally acting wt loss drugs.
Special Precautions
Patient w/ narrow angle glaucoma, seizure disorder and those at risk of bleeding events. Mild to moderate renal or hepatic impairment. Pregnancy.
Adverse Reactions
Dry mouth, anorexia, insomnia, constipation, headache, back pain, flu syndrome, injury accident, asthenia; abdominal, chest and neck pain; allergic reaction, migraine, palpitation, nausea, dyspepsia, gastritis, vomiting, rectal disorder, thirst, generalised oedema, arthralgia, myalgia, tenosynovitis, joint disorder, dizziness, nervousness, anxiety, depression, paraesthesia, somnolence, CNS stimulation, emotional lability, rhinitis, pharyngitis, sinusitis, increased cough, laryngitis, rash, sweating, herpes simplex, acne, taste perversion, ear disorder and pain, dysmenorrhoea, UTI, vag monilia, metrorrhagia.
Potentially Fatal: Serious CV and cerebrovascular events (e.g. vasodilation, cardiac arrhythmias, HTN, MI, stroke).
Patient Counseling Information
May impair judgment, thinking or motor skills.
Monitoring Parameters
Regularly monitor BP and pulse rate.
Symptoms: Tachycardia, HTN, headache, dizziness. Management: Symptomatic and supportive treatment. Establish a patent airway. β-blockers may be considered to control HTN or tachycardia, but caution is advised.
Drug Interactions
Increased plasma concentration w/ CYP3A4 inhibitors (e.g. ketoconazole, erythromycin).
Potentially Fatal: Risk of serotonin syndrome w/ MAOIs (e.g. phenelzine, selegiline). Increased risk of cardiac valve dysfunction w/ other centrally-acting wt loss agents.
Description: Sibutramine inhibits the reuptake of norepinephrine and serotonin, and to a lesser extent, dopamine.
Absorption: Rapidly absorbed from the GI tract. Time to peak plasma concentration: W/in 3-4 hr.
Distribution: Rapidly and extensively distributed into body tissues. Plasma protein binding: 97%.
Metabolism: Undergoes hepatic metabolism principally by CYP3A4 isoenzyme to desmethyl metabolites, M1 and M2, further metabolised via hydroxylation and conjugation to inactive metabolites.
Excretion: Mainly via urine (77%, as inactive metabolites). Elimination half-life: 14 hr (M1); 16 hr (M2).
Chemical Structure

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Source: National Center for Biotechnology Information. PubChem Database. Sibutramine, CID=5210, (accessed on Jan. 23, 2020)

Store at 25°C.
MIMS Class
Anti-Obesity Agents
ATC Classification
A08AA10 - sibutramine ; Belongs to the class of centrally acting antiobesity products. Used in the treatment of obesity.
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