Meridia Sibutramine is used to reduce excess body weight (obesity).
How To Take Meridia:
Take by mouth exactly as directed by your doctor, usually once daily. The full effect on
weight may require four to six weeks. Do not increase your dose, take it more frequently
or use it for a longer period of time than prescribed because this drug can be
habit-forming. Also, if used for a longer period of time, do not suddenly stop using this
drug without your doctor's approval. Over time, this drug may not work as well as it did
at the beginning. Consult your doctor if weight increases.
Meridia Side Effects:
Dry mouth, drowsiness, constipation and difficulty sleeping may occur. If these effects
persist or worsen, notify your doctor promptly.
Before using this drug, tell your doctor your entire medical history, including any
allergies (especially drug allergies), liver or kidney disease, high blood pressure or
heart disease, history of stroke or seizures, certain eating disorders (e.g., anorexia
nervosa), glaucoma (narrow angle), or history of gallstones. Limit alcohol intake, as it
may worsen certain side effects of this medication. It is recommended that women of
child-bearing age should use effective birth control while taking this medication. This
drug is not recommended for use during pregnancy. Consult your doctor before using this
drug. It is not known whether this drug is excreted into breast milk. Because of the
potential risk to the infant, breast-feeding while using this drug is not recommended.
Consult your doctor before breast-feeding. Elderly patients may be more sensitive to the
effects of this drug. Use cautiously.
Tell your doctor of all nonprescription and prescription medication you may use,
especially other weight reducing agents (e.g., diethylpropion), drugs that can raise blood
pressure such as decongestants (e.g., pseudoephedrine, phenylpropanolamine), cough
suppressants (e.g., dextromethorphan), antidepressants (e.g., nefazodone, fluoxetine,
paroxetine, sertraline, fluvoxamine, venlafaxine), lithium, psychiatric medications (e.g.,
MAO Inhibitors such as selegiline, moclobemide, furazolidone, phenelzine,
tranylcypromine), drugs for migraines (e.g., dihydroergotamine, sumatriptan), tryptophan,
certain narcotic pain relievers (e.g., meperidine, pentazocine, fentanyl), ketoconazole,
erythromycin, high blood pressure medicine or any drugs which can cause drowsiness,
including certain antihistamines (e.g., diphenhydramine), sedatives and anti-seizure
drugs. Antihistamines and decongestants may be found in many nonprescription drugs for
cough and cold. Consult your pharmacist. MAO Inhibitors (see above) and this drug should
not be taken together. If an MAO Inhibitor or this drug is stopped, wait 2 weeks before
starting the other drug.
Do not share this medication with others. This medication should be used in addition to a
reduced calorie diet. Blood pressure and pulse may be measured and laboratory tests
performed to monitor side effects.
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next
dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not "double-
up" the dose to catch up.
Store Meridia capsules at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C) away from light
and moisture. Keep this and all medications out of the reach of children.