As part of your weight loss journey with PrescriptionDoctor, our health professionals will conduct a consultation and ask you relevant medical questions.
To ensure accurate treatment, you will be asked to provide evidence of your current weight, establishing a baseline for your progress.
Our healthcare professionals are available to address any health or treatment-related questions you may have during your weight loss journey.
Mysimba: An Overview of Weight Loss Medication for Effective Slimming
According to the NHS, approximately 29% of adults in England are obese and more than a third of the population is overweight.
Classification of whether a person is overweight or obese is defined by their body mass index (BMI).
A BMI of 25 – 30 is overweight, while a BMI greater than 30 is obese.
You can work out your BMI using the NHS Online BMI Calculator.
How Does Mysimba Work?
Mechanism of Action
The exact mechanism of how Mysimba works is not fully understood. According to European Medicine Agency it is believed that the active substances naltrexone and bupropion affect parts of the brain responsible for controlling food intake, energy balance, and the pleasure associated with eating.
Efficacy of Mysimba
Studies have suggested that when Mysimba is taken in conjunction with a healthy diet and regular exercise, it can result in a reduction of body weight by at least 5% over a period of 28 to 56 weeks.
Incorporating Diet and Exercise with Mysimba
Diet and exercise play crucial roles in weight loss efforts. It is essential to maintain a balanced, nutritious diet that is low in saturated fat. Engaging in physical activities such as sports, running, or dancing can greatly contribute to achieving weight loss goals.
Tracking Progress and Seeking Guidance
Keeping a food diary can be helpful in tracking eating habits and exercise routines. This allows you and your healthcare provider to identify areas for improvement, such as excessive consumption of specific food groups or inadequate exercise. You Consulting an online prescriber or a nutritionist is recommended for personalised advice on dieting and exercising.
You can consult our online prescriber for personalised advice on dieting and exercise
The recommended dosing regimen for Mysimba involves gradually increasing the dosage over several weeks. It is important to take the tablets with food and swallow them whole with a glass of water. Crushing, cutting, or chewing the tablets should be avoided.
|Week 1||Take one tablet every morning|
|Week 2||Take one tablet in the morning and one tablet in the evening|
|Week 3||Take two tablets in the morning and one tablet in the evening|
|Week 4 and onward||Take two tablets in the morning and two tablets in the evening.|
Missed Dose and Overdose
If a dose of Mysimba is missed, it should be skipped, and the regular dosing schedule should be followed. Taking an extra dose to compensate for a missed one is not advised. In case of an overdose or taking more than the recommended dose of Mysimba, it is crucial to seek medical assistance immediately to reduce the risk of severe side effects.
Interactions and Allergies
It is important to be aware of potential interactions between Mysimba and other medications. Informing the prescriber about all current medications, including those prescribed by a doctor and over-the-counter medicines, is vital to ensure safety and avoid potential adverse effects. It is advisable to consult the prescribing healthcare professional or refer to reputable sources for a comprehensive list of interactions. If you have a known allergy to naltrexone hydrochloride, bupropion hydrochloride, or any other ingredient in Mysimba, it is important to avoid taking this medication.
Bupropion: To view a comprehensive list, visit NICE interactions.
Naltrexone: To view a comprehensive list, visit NICE interactions.
Side effects of Mysimba
Every medicine carries the risk of side effects, though not everybody gets them. Understanding the risks associated with your medicine is vital to your care.
Very common side effects of taking Mysimba include:
- Abdominal pain
- Being sick (Vomiting)
- Difficulty sleeping (avoid taking Mysimba near bedtime)
- Feeling sick (nausea)
- Pain in the joints and muscles
This is not an exhaustive list of side effects. Further information regarding the safety of Mysimba, including a complete list of side effects, can be found within the patient information leaflet enclosed with your medicine.