Other Brand name: Reductil
Generic name: Sibutramine
Meridia or sibutramine is a drug used to control obesity in overweight people by suppressing the appetite of the patient with an artificial increase in the brain chemicals like norepinephrine and serotonin.
Meridia is useful in curing obesity in overweight people who have a BMI (body mass index) of 30 or more and it may also be used to treat obesity related to high blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes.
However, it is advisable to use This drug can be used as treatment along with a low calorie diet and plenty of exercise to reduce weight and fats. The duration for the treatment of this drug is approximately 12 months.
Meridia Side Effects
The potential negative risks of using this drug are listed as follows:
- Shortness of breath.
- Agitation and hallucinations.
- Nausea or drowsiness.
- Rigid muscles.
- Blurred vision.
- High blood pressure.
- Skin rash.
- Anxiety or depression.
- Loss of speech or balance.
Precautions with Meridia
Before taking this medicine, a patient should make sure they have not taken any inhibitors such as furazolidone (Furoxone), isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect). Avoid the use of this drug if you have:
- Severe coronary artery disease,
- Eating disorder,
- Heart disease or stroke,
- Liver or kidney disease,
- Epilepsy or blood clotting disorders,
- Parkinsons disease,
- History of depression,
- History of gallstones,
- Under active thyroid.
Moreover, patients above 65 or below 16 should not be using this drug nor should pregnant or breastfeeding mothers.
If you are taking any stimulant diet pills, then adjust your dosage after a consultation with your doctor.
Meridia Dosage And Storage
The quantity of Meridia taken should be regulated and administered by your doctor and it is usually taken once daily, in the absence or presence of food. It is available in 10 and 15 milligrams tablets and it is advisable to start with a lower dose first and then gradually increase if the desired effect is not being produced.
Upon missing a dosage, do not attempt to swallow two tablets at the same time. Store the bottle of tablets at room temperature and keep away from moisture, light and heat.
If you are suffering from overdose symptoms of dizziness, headache and fast heart rates then call your doctor.
Helpful Tips with Meridia
- Maintain a healthy lifestyle with a restricted diet and robust exercise.
- A low calorie diet will assist in weight loss but is not necessary.
- Prevent yourself from drinking alcohol while taking this drug.
Meridia to help you win your fight in weight loss.