Meridia Uses

Meridia is used to help people lose weight and help prevent people from regaining the weight they lost. It works by increasing the levels of specific chemicals in the brain, including serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine. As a result, it promotes a feeling of fullness. Meridia is not approved for use in children under 16 years old. At this time, there are no standard off-label Meridia uses.

What Is Meridia Used For?

In October 2010, Meridia was withdrawn from the market in the United States.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. 
Meridia® (sibutramine hydrochloride monohydrate) is a prescription weight-loss medication that should be used in combination with a low-calorie diet. Meridia is approved for individuals who have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater, or a BMI of 27 or greater along with other risk factors, such as high cholesterol or diabetes. Notably, Meridia is approved only for people age 65 and younger.
(Click BMI Calculator to find your BMI.)
With obesity on the rise (see Obesity Statistics), many people are searching for products to help with weight loss. Although the ideal weight-loss plans focus on gradual weight loss by eating a healthy diet and increasing physical activity (see How to Lose Weight), many people have difficulty following such plans (or feel they need extra assistance in their efforts). Before turning to drastic measures such as weight-loss surgery, many people consider using weight loss pills, especially if they have unsuccessfully tried to control their obesity (and exercise and diet have been ineffective). While there are many dangerous and unapproved weight-loss drugs on the market, Meridia is FDA-approved and has been shown to be safe and effective for weight loss.
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