Meridia 15 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In October 2010, Meridia was withdrawn from the market in the United States.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. 
A healthcare provider may prescribe Meridia® (sibutramine hydrochloride monohydrate) for weight loss. The recommended starting dosage is a 10 mg Meridia capsule once daily. However, if you have not lost much weight after taking Meridia for four weeks, your healthcare provider may increase the dose to a 15 mg Meridia capsule.
Your Meridia 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 a 5 mg capsule 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.
(For more information on using Meridia capsules for weight loss, click Meridia Dosage. This article also discusses the factors that may affect your dosage and offers tips on how to use this medication.)
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