People gain weight due to energy imbalance between the amount of calories consumed and the calories used by your body. Most diets restrict your calorie intake. Medications such as Mysimba can help people to lose weight. Medications can work either by reducing hunger, increasing fullness or preventing absorption of food.
What is Mysimba and can I take this for weight loss?
Mysimba is a combination of two drugs namely bupropion and naltrexone. Bupropion is chemically related to certain amphetamines, while naltrexone blocks opioid receptors.
Mysimba is used for the weight loss in people who are obese and those who are overweight and have weight related medical conditions. It is recommended that this weight loss medication is combined with reduced calorie consumption and increased physical activity for optimal benefit.
This medication should be discontinued after 16 weeks if you have not lost at least 5% of your initial body weight. Your health care team should also monitor you closely whilst you are taking this medication.
When should I avoid taking Mysimba?
Please avoid Mysimba if you are:
- Allergic to naltrexone or bupropion
- Have abnormally high blood pressure
- Have Fits (seizures)
- Have brain tumour
- Drinking a lot of alcohol
- On sedatives or anxiety medicines
- Have bipolar disorder
- Have eating disorders
- On opiate including methadone
- On monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs)
- Having liver disease
- Having kidney disease
How does Mysimba work?
Mysimba reduces hunger and helps control craving by acting on the areas of the brain which control satiety, hunger and energy metabolism.
What are the side effects?
Mysimba can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
Serious side effects include Fits (seizures)
Other side effects include nausea, vomiting, dizziness, abdominal pain, constipation, headache, difficulty sleeping, anxiety, low mood, fever, muscle and joint pains, tiredness, fast or irregular heart rate, sweating, hot flush and many more.
It is extremely important you inform your doctor and stop using this medication if you have any of these side effects or do not feel well.
How can I make the most of Mysimba and reach my target weight?
It is extremely important that you are supported by a team of health care professionals whilst on this drug. In all the research with this medication, people who lost weight on this medication were supported and advised on life style changes. Also it is imperative that you are under the care of a doctor who is well versed with the action and side effects of this medication.
People do not buy Mysimba from online pharmacies or other Internet companies. It is not safe and we do not recommend you do that.
People can regain weight once you discontinue use of this medication. You need to ensure you change your hunger pattern, activity and metabolism whilst on this medication.
How can I join a medical weight management programme?