For weight loss or weight maintenance, the recommended starting dose of Meridia is 10 mg once daily. If necessary, your healthcare provider can increase the dosage to 15 mg daily if you have not lost much weight after four weeks. This medication is meant to be used in conjunction with a low-calorie diet and must be taken as prescribed to work properly.
An Overview of Your Meridia Dosage
In October 2010, Meridia was withdrawn from the market in the United States.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.
The dose of Meridia® (sibutramine hydrochloride monohydrate) your healthcare provider prescribes will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- How you respond to Meridia
- Whether you develop bothersome or dangerous side effects
- Other medical conditions you may have
- Other medications you may be taking.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
The recommended starting Meridia dosage for weight loss or weight maintenance is Meridia 10 mg once daily. Your healthcare provider may increase the dose to 15 mg once daily if you have not lost much weight after taking the drug and dieting for four weeks.
If you start to experience bothersome Meridia side effects, your healthcare provider may lower your dose to Meridia 5 mg once daily.