Rimonabant

Description

Rimonabant helps in reducing the weight of obese patients with body mass index (BMI) ≥30 kg/m2 and overweight patients with BMI >27 kg/m2. Patients are advised to follow a proper diet and exercise along with this medicine to control weight. This medicine is not recommended for use in patients less than 18 years of age.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Rimonabant

  • Skin rash
  • Stomach pain
  • Headache
  • Hallucinations
  • Convulsions
  • Disturbance in attention
  • Loss of appetite
  • Dry mouth
  • Mood swings

Uses of Rimonabant

What is it prescribed for?

  • Obesity
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The amount of time required for this medicine to show its action is not clinically established.
  • Duration of effect
    The amount of time for which this medicine remains active in the body is not clinically established.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit-forming tendencies were reported.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless absolutely necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless absolutely necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.

Allergy

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known allergy to Rimonabant or any other inactive ingredients present along with it.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless absolutely necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.

Breast-feeding

This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless absolutely necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.
General warnings

Seizures

This medicine should be used with caution in patients with seizures due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition. Report any unusual symptoms to the doctor immediately. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required in some cases based on the clinical condition.

Hepatic impairment

This medicine should be used with caution in patients suffering from liver diseases due to the increased risk of severe adverse effects. Close monitoring of liver function tests is necessary while receiving this medicine. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required in some cases based on the clinical condition.

Renal Impairment

This medicine should be used with caution in patients suffering from kidney diseases due to the increased risk of severe adverse effects. Close monitoring of kidney function tests is necessary while receiving this medicine. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required in some cases based on the clinical condition.

Diabetes Mellitus

This medicine should be used with caution in patients with diabetes mellitus because it may alter the blood glucose levels. Close monitoring of blood glucose levels is necessary while receiving this medicine. Appropriate patient education, dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required in some cases based on the clinical condition.

Depressive disorders and other psychiatric conditions

This medicine may cause mood alterations with depressive symptoms and suicidal ideation in some patients. Use of this medicine is not recommended in patients with depressive disorders and other uncontrolled psychiatric illness unless the benefits of treatment outweigh the risk. Replacement with a suitable alternative may be required in some cases based on the clinical condition.

Missed Dose

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Do not double your dose to make up for the missed dose.

Overdose

Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.

Instructions

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Medicine

Amisulpride

Alfuzosin

Adalimumab

Amlodipine

CYP3A4 inhibitors

Disease interactions

Disease

Information not available.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Take this medicine as instructed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts than advised/prescribed. Consult the doctor if you experience any undesirable side effects. Ensure that the treatment course is completed. Do not stop the use of this medicine without consulting your doctor.
Miscelleneous

To be taken before food

To be taken as instructed by doctor

Does not cause sleepiness

How it works
This medicine reduces the appetite by acting on a specific receptor responsible for inducing the appetite.
Legal Status

Banned

Unknown

Unknown

Banned

Classification

Category

Antiobesity agents

Schedule

Schedule H

Rimonabant - DrugBank [Internet]. Drugbank.ca. 2018 [cited 18 December 2018]. Available from:

https://www.drugbank.ca/drugs/DB06155

[Internet]. Ema.europa.eu. 2018 [cited 18 December 2018]. Available from:

https://www.ema.europa.eu/documents/product-information/acomplia-epar-product-information_en.pdf

[Internet]. Ec.europa.eu. 2018 [cited 18 December 2018]. Available from:

http://ec.europa.eu/health/documents/community-register/2006/2006061911587/anx_11587_en.pdf

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Information on this page was last updated on 31 Jan 2019

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