Generic Name: sibutramine
Brand Names: Meridia
Meridia works by affecting the chemical level in the brain that results weight maintenance. The treatment is best suitable for treating obesity with the relative signs of diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Recently from October 2010 the medication is withdrawn from the U.S. market.
The person taken an MAO inhibitor like furazolidone (Furoxone), phenelzine (Nardil), isocarboxazid (Marplan), rasagiline (Azilect), tranylcypromine (Parnate) or selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam), during last 14 days of the medication should not use the treatment of Meridia. It may cause serious perilous side effects if MAO inhibitor comes to the contact of Meridia.
Tell your doctor if you are allergic to sibutramine. Care should be taken if you are suffering from the prior ailment of uncontrolled high blood pressure, or if you are taking stimulant diet pills, or else if suffering from an eating disorder, heart stroke, artery disease, or any other heart disease.
The medication may react if you are having the issue of glaucoma, liver or kidney disease, high blood pressure, underactive thyroid, depression, seizures, a history of gallstones, a bleeding disorder. Patients, more than the age of 65 or less than 16 should not take this medication.
This medication cannot be taken with other drugs like antidepressants, narcotic pain medicine, cold or allergy medication or migraine headache medicines. Patients after taking the medication should lose at least 4 pounds in 4 weeks along with a low calorie diet. Seek the help of a doctor if you are unable to reduce after taking the medication.
The effect of taking Meridia during pregnancy is still unknown to us. But it is better to tell your doctor that you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. Also share with your doctor if you are a lactating woman. Meridia can pass through the breast milk and can cause harm to a nursing baby.
Meridia is a serious medication and should be taken as the doctor’s direction. Follow the doctor’s instructions strictly, mentioned on your prescription label. The medication may be taken with or without food.
Your blood pressure and pulse will need to be checked often. This medication is not advisable for a period more than 2 years.
Store the medicine in a safe place, out of the reach of the children. Do not keep the medicine in light, moisture and heat. Do not suggest a friend take the medication even though he/she has the same problem. Ask a doctor before starting the medicine.
If you missed a dose of the medicine, do not worry. You can take the missed dose when you remember. However, it is better to skip a missed dose if it is almost the time for your next dose. Extra doses of medicine may cause harm to you.
Overdose of the medication may cause serious effects. It is better to seek emergency medical help in case of an overdose situation immediately. It can be fatal. A few serious overdose symptoms include dizziness, headache and fast heart rate.
While taking Meridia, do not use any other weight-loss products without the consent of your doctor and it is important to avoid drinking alcohol while you are under the medication of Meridia.
A few people suffer from the serious side effect of the medication like fast, pounding, and uneven heartbeats, shortness of breath, agitation, fever, hallucinations, tremor, nausea, overactive reflexes, vomiting, loss of coordination, diarrhea, high fever, confusion, sweating, feeling like you might pass out; nosebleeds or bleeding gums, chest pain or heavy feeling and problems with vision, speech, or balance.
While some common side effects found in patients like dry mouth, upset stomach, changes in appetite; stomach pain; constipation, headache, feeling nervous, dizzy, or depressed, runny or stuffy nose, sore throat, cough, back pain, joint pain; trouble sleeping and skin rash.