Meridia Oral

In October 2010, Meridia was withdrawn from the market in the United States.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. This weight loss medication is only approved for adults (age 16 years old and older).
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.
Clinical studies on Meridia have shown that the drug helps people lose weight. After six months of taking Meridia while dieting, people lost up to 18 pounds, compared to just 2.9 pounds for people who were only dieting. The higher doses produced the greatest weight losses. Similar results were seen in a one-year study. Studies have also shown that this medication also helps people keep the weight off.
The drug comes in capsule form, and is typically taken once a day. Oral Meridia capsules are available in the following strengths:
  • Meridia 5 mg
  • Meridia 10 mg
  • Meridia 15 mg.
Although most people tolerate this medication well, it is not suitable for everyone. Possible side effects include headaches, constipation, and nausea.
(Click Meridia for more information on how Meridia can help with weight loss in adults. This article also discusses general dosing guidelines, safety precautions, and tips on effectively using this medication.)
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