Meridia Weight Loss Medication 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In October 2010, Meridia was withdrawn from the market in the United States.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. 
A healthcare provider may prescribe Meridia® (sibutramine hydrochloride monohydrate) to help adults (age 16 years old and older) lose weight. However, because Meridia is not suitable for everyone, make sure to review the prescribing information on the weight loss medication before starting Meridia.
For example, you may not be able to take this weight loss medication 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 vitamins, herbal supplements, and non-prescription medications).
Although most people do not experience problems with this weight loss medication, the product can cause side effects. Some of the common side effects include constipation, headaches, and insomnia. Meridia comes in capsule form and is usually taken by mouth once daily. For more information, talk to your pharmacist or healthcare provider.
(Click Meridia for a more in-depth look at this product. This article discusses how Meridia works, lists possible side effects, and offers some general tips on when and how to take this medication.)
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