Brand Names: Acomplia, Riobant, Slimona, Rimoslim.
Generic Name: Rimonabant.
This medication description is not meant for treatment prescription without the intervention of a specialist
Rimonabant acts by selectively blocking CB1 receptors found in the brain and in peripheral organs important in glucose and lipid (or fat) metabolism, including adipose tissue, the liver, gastrointestinal tract and muscle. Rimonabant is used complementary to diet and exercise to treat obese or overweight patients who suffer from Type 2 diabetes and abnormal levels of fat in the blood. Rimonabant has been studied as an aid to smoking cessation.
How to Take
Always take Rimonabant exactly as your doctor has instructed you. You should check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are unsure. The usual dose is one 20mg tablet to be taken once daily in the morning before breakfast. Swallow the tablet whole.
You need to start and continue a reduced calorie diet and a physical activity program to get best results. Your doctor should recommend the type of diet and the level of physical activity required, that suits your specific condition and overall health.
Warning and Precautions
Rimonabant should not be taken during pregnancy. Contact your doctor immediately if you become pregnant, think you might be pregnant or are planning to become pregnant while taking Rimonabant. Do not take this medicine when breast-feeing. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding or if you are planning to breast-feed your baby.
Rimonabant tablets include lactose. If you are intolerant to some sugars, contact your doctor before taking this medicine.
At the recommended dose, Rimonabant is not expected to reduce your ability to drive and use machines.
There is no information available on the use of Rimonabant in people under 18 years of age.
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take the medicine at the next regularly scheduled time. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
Visit your local poison control center or emergency room immediately, if you take too much of this medicine.
Store at a room temperature. Do not store in a bathroom. Keep away from children, pets sun light and heat.
Possible Side Effects
Side effects are: upset stomach, vomiting, trouble with sleeping, depression, irritability, dizziness, diarrhea, anxiety, itching, excessive sweating, muscle cramps or spasm, fatigue, bruising, tendon pain and inflammation (tendonitis), memory loss, back pain (sciatica), altered sensitivity of the hands and feet, hot flush, fall, influenza, and joint sprain.
The information given above is a summary. Your pharmacist can provide more information about Rimonabant. Do not share this medicine with others for whom it was not prescribed. Do not use this medicine for other health conditions. If using this medicine for an extended period of time, obtain refills before your supply runs out.