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Meridia Medication - Uses & Side Effects

Generic Name: Sibutramine hydrochloride

Sibutramine (si-BYOO-tra-meen) is used together with a reduced-calorie diet to help you lose weight and to help keep the lost weight from returning. Sibutramine is used to affect the chemical in the brain that may cause weight lose or other problems or thought to work by increasing the activity of certain chemicals, called norepinephrine and serotonin, in the brain. People who have very overweight may used this s medicine. Meridia affects chemicals in the body that are related to weight maintenance.

Meridia Dosage

  • You should take this medicine one time daily and Generally, you should take in the morning.
  • Mostly started dose should be 10mg tablet per day.
  • Your doctor can increased the dosage upto 15mg after several weeks according to your body response.

Uses of Meridia

  • Meridia is used as a short-term supplement to diet and exercise in the treatment of obesity.
  • Meridia medication is used along with a low-calorie diet to help people with obesity lose weight. Reducing excess weight helps to prevent or control complications such as heart disease, diabetes, and joint pain. Sibutramine works by affecting the area in your brain that controls hunger and help to providing you with a sense of fullness and satisfaction.

Side Effects of Meridia

Before taking Meridia medicine, consult to your doctor about the risk and benefits. If any develop or change in intensity, contact your doctor as soon as possible. Because your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Meridia. Side effects may include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • acid indigestion
  • anxiety
  • back pain
  • constipation
  • cough increase
  • depression
  • dizziness
  • dry mouth
  • flu symptoms
  • headache
  • increased appetite
  • insomnia
  • joint pain
  • loss of appetite
  • loss of strength
  • nasal inflammation
  • nausea
  • nervousness
  • painful menstruation
  • rash
  • sinus inflammation
  • stomachache
  • sore throat

Warnings and precautions before taking Meridia:

  • After taking Meridia medicine. you will feel some sleepy, dizzy or drowsy. So do not driving or operating any machinery where you requiring alertness or do not perform any daily activites where you also need alertness.
  • when the children are taking this drug, then it may cause to a greater risk for mental/mood changes (including rare thoughts of suicide).
  • Do not used Meridia medicine without talking to your doctor, If you have narrow-angle glaucoma or thyroid problems.

Drug Interaction :-

Before combining any drugs with the Meridia medicine, consult to your doctor. Because it may increased, decreased or altered the effect of Meridia medicine. Meridia medicinemay also interact with a wide variety of other prescription and over-the-counter drugs, especially weight-reducing agents, decongestants, antidepressants, allergy medications, and cough and cold remedies that contain ephedrine or pseudoephedrine. When you are taking Meridia (or other appetite suppressants), it is especially important that your doctor should be know about that if you are taking any of the following:

  • Alcohol (excessive amounts)
  • Blood thinners such as warfarin (Coumadin)
  • Dextromethorphan (found in many over-the-counter cough
  • preparations)
  • Dihydroergotamine (D.H.E. Injection, Migranal Nasal Spray)
  • Drugs that affect platelet function
  • Erythromycin (Eryc, Ery-Tab, PCE)
  • Fentanyl (Duragesic)
  • Fluoxetine (Prozac)
  • Fluvoxamine (Luvox)
  • Ketoconazole (Nizoral)
  • Lithium (Eskalith, Lithobid)
  • Meperidine (Demerol)
  • Naratriptan (Amerge)
  • Paroxetine (Paxil)
  • Pentazocine (Talwin NX, Talacen)
  • Sertraline (Zoloft)
  • Stimulants such as amphetamines, Dexedrine, Desoxyn, Adderall,
  • Didrex, and Ionamin
  • Sumatriptan (Imitrex)
  • Tryptophan (L-Tryptophan)
  • Venlafaxine (Effexor)
  • Zolmitriptan (Zomig)

After taking Meridia medicine, If you feel the overdose is suspected, then contact to your doctor immediately. Although doctors have had little experience with overdoses of Meridia, such as include increased heart rate and blood pressure are possible results.

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