The choice of weight loss drugs in South Africa is extensive enough. Most drugs available at the South African pharmaceutical market are sold by prescription only.
To treat obesity, drugs regulating hunger and satiety, as well as drugs preventing fat absorption in the gastrointestinal tract, are used in South Africa.
The most prescribed appetite suppressant in South Africa is Phentermine. Only one dose of this drug is sufficient not to experience hunger throughout the day. The maximum recommended duration of using Phentermine is three months.
In South Africa, the price of a pack containing 30 capsules of Phentermine 30mg is 259 South African Rand (ZAR). Phentermine capsules are sold at SA pharmacies under the trade name Duromine.
Appetite suppressant – Sibutramine was withdrawn from the pharmaceutical markets of vast majority of countries in the world. South Africa and Brazil are among the few countries where Sibutramine capsules are still sold. The maximum recommended duration of using Sibutramine is two years.
Just as Phentermine, Sibutramine drug should not be taken more than once a day. In South Africa, the price of a pack containing 30 capsules of Sibutramine 15mg varies from 137 to 319 ZAR.
In South Africa, Sibutramine 15mg capsules are sold under four trade names: Ectiva, Reductil, Ciplatrim and Leantil. The most expensive Sibutramine 15mg capsules are sold at SA pharmacies under the trade name Reductil, and the cheapest – under the trade name Leantil.
Tablets containing anorexigenic agent, Diethylpropion are sold not only in South Africa but also in dozens of other countries in the world (including the USA). Diethylpropion tablets are available in South Africa under the trade name Tenuate Dospan. The price of a pack containing 30 tablets of Tenuate Dospan (Diethylpropion 75mg) is 310 ZAR.
Diethylpropion 75mg tablets are used as a short-term anti-obesity therapy, lasting up to three months. A Diethylpropion 75mg weight loss tablet is the maximum daily dose prescribed to obese patients with BMI of 30 and higher.
The most expensive anorexigenic drug in South Africa is Phendimetrazine. The price of 30 tablets of Phendimetrazine 105mg is 732 ZAR. Phendimetrazine 105mg tablets in South Africa are available under the trade name Obex LA.
A Phendimetrazine 105mg tablet is the maximum daily dose. The duration of using the maximum dose of Phendimetrazine 105mg should not exceed three months.
In contrast to anorexigenic drugs that help to control appetite, Orlistat helps to lose weight by suppressing the activity of gastric enzymes. Due to its ability to inactivate gastric enzymes, Orlistat prevents the splitting and absorption of fats in the gastrointestinal tract.
The maximum single dose of Orlistat is 120mg. An Orlistat 120mg capsule should be taken together with each main meal, but no more than three times a day. The price of a pack containing 84 capsules of Orlistat 120mg is 815 ZAR. Orlistat 120mg capsules are available in South Africa under the trade name Xenical.
Exchange Rates in August 2014
• 1 ZAR = 0.07 EUR
• 1 ZAR = 0.10 AUD
• 1 ZAR = 0.09 USD
• 1 ZAR = 0.05 GBP