EffectivenessStudies 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.
Clinical studies have also shown that Meridia can help people who have already lost weight to keep the weight off. In one study, up to 43 percent of people taking Meridia (plus dieting) were able to keep off at least 80 percent of their initial weight loss after two years, compared to only 3 percent of the people who were only dieting.
Studies have also shown that taking Meridia (plus dieting) produced beneficial changes in cholesterol levels (most likely as a result of the weight loss). Total cholesterol, "bad" cholesterol (LDL), and triglyceride levels dropped, while "good" cholesterol (HDL) levels increased.
When and How to Take MeridiaSome general considerations for when and how to take the drug include the following:
- Meridia comes in the form of a capsule. It is taken by mouth once daily.
- You can take it on an empty stomach or with food. If it bothers your stomach, try taking it with food.
- Meridia should be combined with a low-calorie diet. It is not meant to be used without dieting.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed.
Dosing InformationThe dosage your healthcare provider recommends 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 currently be taking.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
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