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Eur J Pharmacol. 2002 Apr 12;440(2-3):119-28.

The discovery and status of sibutramine as an anti-obesity drug.

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College of Pharmacy, Nova Southeastern University, 3200 South University Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33328, USA.


Sibutramine is a serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor indicated for the management of obesity in conjunction with a reduced calorie diet. Though sibutramine was originally evaluated for possible use as an antidepressant, its research development was eventually redirected to evaluate it as an anorexiant. The pharmacological mechanisms by which sibutramine exerts its weight loss effect are likely due to a combination of reduced appetite, feelings of satiety, and possibly the induction of thermogenesis. Its efficacy for inducing an initial weight-loss and the subsequent maintenance of the weight-loss is well proven in short- and long-term clinical trials of up to 2 years duration. In general, sibutramine has been well tolerated. Increases in blood pressure and heart rate are possible adverse effects that require regular monitoring. Sibutramine is one of the few established and well-proven agents for obesity available for use today and should be considered effective in the management of patients requiring pharmacotherapy as part of the multi-modal approach to weight-loss.

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