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What is Meridia?
Meridia is a prescription drug that helps treat obesity together with diet and exercise. It is related to a class of drugs called Schedule IV controlled substances. It may not be easy to buy Meridia online because it has been withdrawn from the U.S. market.
Important Information About Meridia
Prior to taking Meridia, tell your doctor if you have medical conditions such as high blood pressure, depression, glaucoma, liver or kidney disease, seizures, underactive thyroid, a history of gallstones, a bleeding disorder, or if you are above 65 or younger than 16.
Your doctor should know about all of your prescription and over-the-counter medications, especially cold and allergy medications, narcotic pain relievers, antidepressants, and migraine headache medications.
Stay away from using Meridia if you have taken an MAO inhibitor in the last 14 days. MAO inhibitors can interact with Meridia, resulting in fatal side effects. If you take Meridia before the MAO inhibitor has cleared from your system, you may experience life-threatening side effects.
Do not take meridia if you are allergic to it or have some pre-existing diseases such as coronary artery disease, stroke, or heart disease, severe or uncontrolled high blood pressure, or an eating disorder such as anorexia or bulimia. Do not take Meridia if you are also taking stimulant diet pills.
What to know before taking Meridia?
You should stay away from Meridia if you are allergic to Meridia, or if you have:
- Eating disorders such as anorexia or bulimia
- Severe or uncontrolled hypertension (high blood pressure)
- A history of heart attack or stroke
- A history of coronary artery disease (atherosclerosis)
- A history of heart disease such as congestive heart failure, heart rhythm disorder
- If you are taking stimulant diet pills
If you have the following conditions, your Meridia dose may need to be adjusted, or you may need to have special tests:
- High blood pressure
- Epilepsy or seizure disorder
- Liver disease
- Kidney disease
- Underactive thyroid
- If you are above 65 or younger than 16
- A bleeding or blood clotting disorder
- A history of gallstones
It is better to stay away from taking Meridia if you have taken an MAO inhibitor in the last 14 days. MAO inhibitors such as furazolidone, isocarboxazid, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, or tranylcypromine can interact with Meridia, resulting in fatal side effects. Do not use Meridia before the MAO inhibitor has cleared from your body.
Meridia is not known if it will harm an unborn child. If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant while taking Meridia, tell your doctor. It is unclear whether sibutramine passes into breast milk or whether it could harm a nursing baby. If you are breastfeeding a baby, do not take Meridia without first consulting your doctor. Meridia should not be given to anyone under the age of 16.
How to take Meridia?
Take Meridia with or without food as directed by your doctor. Avoid taking Meridia in high amounts or for longer than recommended.
You can take Meridia once a day. Follow the instructions of your doctor for taking Meridia.
During the first four weeks of using Meridia and eating a low-calorie diet, you should lose at least four pounds. Inform your doctor if you have not lost at least 4 pounds after 4 weeks of taking the medication.
Your doctor may need to check your blood pressure and pulse often during treatment with Meridia. You should not take Meridia for longer than 2 years.
The recommended starting dosage of Meridia is 10 mg once daily, with or without food. If weight loss is insufficient, the dose may be increased to 15 mg once daily after four weeks. Patients who are unable to tolerate the 10 mg dose should be given the 5 mg dose. When deciding on dose titration, blood pressure and heart rate changes should be taken into account.
Taking more than 15 mg per day is not recommended. You should order Meridia online according to your dosage.
Using more than the prescribed dose of Meridia may lead to an overdose. If you or anyone else thinks they may have overdosed on Meridia, go to the nearest hospital or call for medical help. The symptoms of an overdose of Meridia may include headache, dizziness, and fast heart rate.
What to avoid while using Meridia?
When taking Meridia, avoid drinking alcohol because it increases the side effects such as drowsiness caused by this medicine.
People should not take cough and cold or allergy medications while taking Meridia.
Meridia can impair your thinking or reactions. It may not be safe to drive or operate machinery during treatment with Meridia.
Meridia side effects
Some common side effects of Meridia include:
- Changes in appetite
- Dry mouth, upset stomach
- Feeling nervous, dizzy, or depressed
- Headache, back pain, joint pain
- Constipation, stomach pain
- Redness, warmth, or tingly feeling under your skin
- Mild skin rash
- Trouble sleeping (insomnia)
- Runny or stuffy nose, flu symptoms, sore throat, cough
Stop taking Meridia and contact your doctor immediately if you experience serious side effects such as:
- Hallucinations, tremor, agitation, overactive reflexes, fever, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dilated pupils, or loss of coordination
- Fast, pounding, or uneven heartbeats
- New or worsening shortness of breath
- Easy bruising or bleeding, such as nosebleeds, bleeding gums, or any bleeding that will not stop
- High fever, very stiff (rigid) muscles, sweating, confusion, feeling like you might pass out
- Pain that reaches to the shoulder or arm, chest pain or heavy feeling, general ill feeling
- High blood pressure, symptoms may include severe headache, blurred vision, buzzing in your ears, anxiety, seizure)
- Sudden numbness or weakness (especially on one side of the body), problems with vision, speech, or balance
- What drugs can interact with Meridia?
Prior to using Meridia, inform your doctor if you take other sleep-inducing medications such as cold or allergy medicine, sedatives, narcotic pain medicine, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, and medicine for seizures, depression, or anxiety. These medicines can add to sleepiness caused by Meridia.
You should consult your doctor before using any decongestants, cough medicine, or other diet pills.
Without consulting your doctor, do not use any other prescription or over-the-counter weight-loss products.
Drugs that can interact with Meridia include:
- Tryptophan or L-tryptophan
- lLthium (Lithobid, Eskalith, and others)
- An antidepressant such as duloxetine (Cymbalta), citalopram (Celexa), fluoxetine (Prozac, Sarafem, Symbyax), paroxetine (Paxil), sertraline (Zoloft), venlafaxine (Effexor), etc.
- Migraine headache medicine such as zolmitriptan (Zomig) or sumatriptan (Imitrex)
- An antibiotic such as erythromycin (E.E.S., EryPed, Ery-Tab, Erythrocin)
- Ergot medicine such as dihydroergotamine (D.H.E. 45, Migranal Nasal Spray), ergonovine (Ergotrate), ergotamine (Ergomar), or methylergonovine (Methergine)
- Ketoconazole (Nizoral)
- Narcotic pain medication such as fentanyl (Actiq, Duragesic, Fentora, Onsolis), meperidine (Demerol), pentazocine (Talwin)