Many people rely on slimming tablets not just for cosmetic weight-loss, but also for a serious attack on major weight problems. Reductil was one of the slimming tablets routinely prescribed by medical professionals around the western world.
Slimming tablets have to have an effect on the way the body functions and in doing so they can upset the balance of the body and produce health risks. Reductil has been commercially available since 1999 and had enough of a positive reputation to be used by doctors treating patients for obesity, high body-mass index and the threat of type II diabetes.
Earlier this year the European Medicines Agency recommended banning the use and sale of these slimming tablets. This move was followed in early October 2010 by the US Food and Drug Administration coming to the same conclusion.
Experts had found that patients were suffering the more usual and less serious side-effects one might expect from many slimming tablets, such as dry mouth, insomnia and constipation. However, in this case they also found a much higher risk of cardiovascular damage, leading to heart attack or stroke.
Although the slimming tablets were often popular with patients and many had been used under prescription and careful medical control, it was gradually decided by the relevant authorities in Europe and the US that the risks outweighed the potential benefits. Stories of massive and quick weight-loss were not enough when balanced against increased numbers of heart attacks and strokes.
The natural levels of serotonin in the brain are increased by these Reductil slimming tables. This in turn suppresses the desire for carbohydrates and so reduces the feeling of hunger. Even when medically prescribed, Reductil was not given to people with a history of cardiovascular disease or hypertension as the effect of the drug is to increase heart rate and blood pressure.
Although the slimming tablets themselves did cause weight-loss, which in turn reduced pressure on the heart and risk of hypertension, the drug itself is now considered too risky to be prescribed. Sales direct to the public have also been banned. The Reductil website is defunct and the manufacturer itself is no longer selling these particular slimming tablets.
Slimming tablets like Reductil can have a beneficial effect, but even the medical experts differ in their opinions. Once this was given as an approved treatment, but now slimmers and their doctors must look to other slimming tablets.