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What is Meridia?
Meridia helps people with weight loss by altering neurotransmitters in the brain. It is an appetite suppressant that affects chemicals in the brain that affect weight maintenance. You can order Meridia online with a prescription.
If you have taken MAO inhibitors in the last 14 days, such as furazolidone (Furoxone), isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam), or tranylcypromine (Parnate), do not take sibutramine. If you take sibutramine before the MAO inhibitor has cleared from your system, serious, life-threatening side effects can occur.
Do not take sibutramine if you are allergic to it, or if you have a severe or uncontrolled high blood pressure, an eating disorder (anorexia or bulimia), are taking stimulant diet pills, or have a history of coronary artery disease, stroke, or heart disease,
Before taking sibutramine, you should tell your doctor if you have high blood pressure, liver or kidney disease, glaucoma, underactive thyroid, seizures, a bleeding disorder, depression, a history of gallstones, or if you are above 65 or below 16 years.
You should inform your doctor about prescription and over-the-counter drugs you are taking, especially antidepressants, cold and allergy medicine, narcotic pain relievers, and migraine medications.
If you have not lost a minimum of 4 pounds after 4 weeks on the medication, contact your doctor.
What to know before taking Meridia?
If you have taken MAO inhibitors in the past 14 days, such as furazolidone (Furoxone), isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam), or tranylcypromine (Parnate), do not take Meridia. If you use Meridia before the MAO inhibitor has cleared from your system, serious and life-threatening side effects can occur. You should not use Meridia if you are allergic to it or if you have any of the following conditions:
- an eating disorder (anorexia or bulimia)
- severe or uncontrolled hypertension (high blood pressure)
- a history of heart attack or stroke
- a history of coronary artery disease (atherosclerosis)
- a history of heart disease, including congestive heart failure, heart rhythm disorder)
- if you are taking stimulant diet pills
If you have the following conditions, you may need to adjust your Meridia dosage or have special tests:
- high blood pressure
- liver disease
- kidney disease
- a history of gallstones
- underactive thyroid
- a bleeding or blood clotting disorder
- epilepsy or seizure disorder
- if you are above 65 years in age or below 16 years
It is unknown whether Meridia will harm an unborn child. If you get pregnant during treatment or plan to become pregnant while taking Meridia, tell your doctor. It is unclear whether sibutramine passes into breast milk or whether it could harm a nursing baby. If you are breastfeeding, do not take Meridia without first consulting your doctor. Do not give this medication to anyone under the age of 16.
How to take Meridia?
Take Meridia as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take Meridia in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow all the directions provided on the prescription label.
Take sibutramine once daily. Pay attention to your doctor’s instructions.
Your doctor may adjust your dose from time to time to ensure you get the best results.
Take sibutramine with or without food.
During the first four weeks of taking sibutramine and eating a low-calorie diet, you should lose at least four pounds. If you have not lost a minimum of 4 pounds after 4 weeks on the medication, contact your doctor.
Your doctor will monitor your blood pressure and pulse on a regular basis. You should see your doctor regularly.
Do not use sibutramine for more than two years at a time.
Store Meridia away from moisture, heat, and light at room temperature.
Do not give sibutramine to anyone else. Place the medication in a secure location where others will not be able to access it.
Meridia is prescribed at a starting dose of 10 mg once daily, with or without food. If weight loss is insufficient, the dose may be increased to 15 mg once daily after four weeks.
Headache, dizziness, and a fast heart rate are all possible overdose symptoms of Meridia.
What to avoid while using Meridia?
Sibutramine has the potential to impair your thinking and reactions. If you drive or do anything else that requires you to be alert, be cautious.
Without consulting your doctor, do not use any other prescription or over-the-counter weight-loss products.
While taking sibutramine, avoid taking cough, cold, or allergy medications.
If you are taking sibutramine, do not drink any alcohol.
Meridia side effects
Common Meridia side effects include:
- flu symptoms
- runny or stuffy nose
- sore throat
- fast or pounding heartbeats
- high blood pressure
- new or worsening shortness of breath,
- seizure (convulsions)
- fast or uneven heartbeats
- dry mouth
- upset stomach
- loss of appetite
- stomach pain
- back pain
- joint pain
- trouble sleeping (insomnia)
- skin rash
- a feeling of warmth or tingly under your skin
Serious side effects
- new or worsening shortness of breath
- fast, pounding, or uneven heartbeats
- hallucinations, agitation, fever, tremor, overactive reflexes, nausea,
- vomiting, diarrhea, loss of coordination, dilated pupils
- dangerously high blood pressure, including blurred vision, severe
- headache, buzzing in your ears, anxiety, seizure
- very stiff or rigid muscles, sweating, confusion, high fever, feeling like
- you might pass out
- easy bruising or bleeding (bleeding gums, nosebleeds, or any
- bleeding that will not stop)
- chest pain, pain spreading to the arm or shoulder, general ill feeling
- sudden weakness or numbness (especially on one side of the body),
- problems with vision, speech, or balance
What drugs can interact with Meridia?
Meridia may interact with decongestants, cough medicines, other diet pills, lithium, L-tryptophan, ketoconazole, antibiotics, antidepressants, ergot medicines, migraine headache medicines, or drugs that make you sleepy (such as cold or allergy medicines, sedatives, narcotics, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, and medicines for seizures, depression, or anxiety). Tell your doctor about all of your medications and supplements. If you want to buy Meridia online, make sure to check all the drug interactions.
The following drugs can interact with Meridia. Make sure to tell your doctor if you are using any of these medicines:
- lithium, including Lithobid, Eskalith, and others
- tryptophan or L-tryptophan
- ketoconazole (Nizoral)
- antidepressants such as citalopram (Celexa), desvenlafaxine (Pristiq), duloxetine (Cymbalta), fluoxetine (Prozac, Sarafem, Symbyax), paroxetine (Paxil), sertraline (Zoloft), venlafaxine (Effexor), and others
- antibiotics such as erythromycin (E.E.S., EryPed, Ery-Tab, Erythrocin)
- ergot medicines such as dihydroergotamine (D.H.E. 45, Migranal Nasal Spray), ergonovine (Ergotrate), ergotamine (Ergomar), or methylergonovine (Methergine)
- migraine headache medicines such as sumatriptan (Imitrex) or zolmitriptan (Zomig)
- narcotic pain medicines such as fentanyl (Actiq, Duragesic, Fentora, Onsolis), meperidine (Demerol), pentazocine (Talwin)