Meridia is used for weight loss and keep weight off. It works by altering neurotransmitter in the brain. It is especially recommended for those who are not only obese but also have heart problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes or high cholesterol. It is used together with low calorie diet and exercise by boosting levels of certain chemical messengers such as serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine in the nervous system.
Dosage and administration
Meridia can be taken with or without food. It is usually taken once. You must follow your doctor instructions.
In case of missing the dose, take it as soon you remember. Don’t take double dose to make up for the missed one.
Your pulse and blood pressure will need to be checked often.
Meridian should not be taken for longer than 2 years.
Don’t take Meridia if you have taken an MAO inhibitor such as furazolidone, isocarboxazid, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline or tranylcypromine in last two weeks. Interaction may occur that can cause harmful effects.
Avoid taking Meridia if you are allergic to sibutramine or if you have uncontrolled high blood pressure, or eating disorder. Inform your doctor if you are taking stimulant diet pills or if you have history of coronary artery disease, stroke or heart disease.
Tell your doctor if you have glaucoma, high blood pressure, depression, liver or kidney disease, underactive thyroid, seizures or a history of gall stone.
Before taking Meridia, you must tell your doctor about medications you have been taking.
Inform your doctor if you don’t lose at least four pounds after taking medication for four weeks along with a low calorie diet.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. Don’t use Meridia without telling your doctor if you are breast feeding a baby.
This medicine is not for anyone under 16 years old.
Seek emergency help if you have any of these signs of allergic reaction hives, difficult breathing, swelling on face, lips and tongue or throat. Stop taking Meridia and talk to your doctor if you notice serious side effects including pounding heartbeats, shortening or worsening of breath, agitation, hallucination, fever, tremor, nausea, vomiting, coordination problems, easy bruising or bleeding, chest pain, confusion, sudden numbness or weakness, slurred speech, blurred vision , dry mouth, mild skin rash, drowsiness, dizziness, constipation, upset stomach or sore throat.