Meridia 10 mg Capsules
In October 2010, Meridia was withdrawn from the market in the United States. Studies have shown that it increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes. This medication will no longer be available in the United States. People should stop taking it and should ask their healthcare providers about more appropriate weight loss options.
If you are using Meridia® (sibutramine hydrochloride monohydrate) for weight loss, your healthcare provider may start you on one 10 mg Meridia capsule daily. However, your dosage will be based on several factors, including how you respond to the medication, whether you develop bothersome or dangerous side effects, other medical conditions you have, and other medications you are taking.
If you develop any bothersome or dangerous side effects, your healthcare provider may decrease your dosage to Meridia 5 mg capsules once daily. Or, if you have not lost much weight after taking Meridia for four weeks, your healthcare provider may increase the dose to 15 mg once daily.
For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Meridia should be combined with a low-calorie diet. It is not meant to be used without dieting.
(Click Meridia Dosage for more information on using Meridia for weight loss. This article also offers tips on how to safely and effectively take this medication.)