Meridia Drug Information

In October 2010, Meridia was withdrawn from the market in the United States.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 looking for a weight loss medication, your healthcare provider may recommend Meridia® (sibutramine hydrochloride monohydrate). Although most people tolerate this prescription medication well, Meridia is not suitable for everyone. Therefore, make sure to review the prescribing drug information on Meridia before starting treatment with this medication.
 
For instance, you may not be able to take Meridia if you have certain medical conditions, such as glaucoma, epilepsy, or heart problems. Also, you may not be able to safely use Meridia if you are currently taking certain medications (including some non-prescription medications). Possible side effects may include headaches, constipation, and insomnia.
 
This drug comes in capsule form and is usually taken by mouth once daily. This weight loss medication comes in three strengths -- 5 mg, 10 mg, and 15 mg capsules.
 
(Click Meridia for more detailed information, including the effectiveness of this medication, how it works, and some general safety concerns you should be aware of before using this drug.)
 
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