Meridia 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In October 2010, Meridia was withdrawn from the market in the United States.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) to help people lose weight. The drug comes in capsule form and is typically taken once a day. Meridia capsules are available in the following strengths:
  • Meridia 5 mg
  • Meridia 10 mg
  • Meridia 15 mg.
Meridia works by helping you to feel full more quickly. It acts in the brain, where it increases the levels of certain brain chemicals (including serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine) in specific areas of the brain.
Although most people tolerate the capsules well, Meridia is not suitable for everyone. Some of the common side effects include headaches, constipation, and insomnia. Meridia should be combined with a low-calorie diet. It is not meant to be used without dieting.
(Click Meridia for a more in-depth look at these capsules, including Meridia's potential side effects, general dosing guidelines, and issues to discuss with your healthcare provider before using this medication.)
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