Meridia Sibutramine 10mg is used together with diet and exercise to treat obesity that may be related to diabetes, high cholesterol, or high blood pressure. MERIDIA may help with weight loss because it affects areas of the brain that control hunger. You should use MERIDIA with a low calorie diet.
What is MERIDIA?
MERIDIA (sibutramine hydrochloride monohydrate) is indicated for the management of obesity, including weight loss and maintenance of weight loss, and should be used in conjunction with a reduced calorie diet. MERIDIA (sibutramine hydrochloride monohydrate) is recommended for obese patients with an initial body mass index ≥ 30 kg/m², or ≥ 27 kg/m² in the presence of other risk factors (e.g., diabetes, dyslipidemia, controlled hypertension).
MERIDIA is a medicine that may help obese people, as determined by their doctor, lose weight and keep weight off. MERIDIA may help with weight loss because it affects areas of the brain that control hunger. You should use MERIDIA with a low calorie diet. The use of MERIDIA for more than 2 years has not been studied. MERIDIA has not been studied in children under 16 years of age.
Some people taking MERIDIA can have a large increase in blood pressure or heart rate (pulse). Do not take MERIDIA if your blood pressure is not well controlled. Contact your doctor if you experience an increase in blood pressure while taking MERIDIA. Your doctor should check your blood pressure and heart rate before you start MERIDIA and continue checking it regularly while you are using MERIDIA. It is important to have regular check-ups while taking MERIDIA
MERIDIA® (sibutramine hydrochloride monohydrate) is an orally administered agent for the treatment of obesity.
How should I take MERIDIA?
Tell your doctor if you do not lose at least 4 pounds in the first 4 weeks of taking MERIDIA and eating a low calorie diet. Your doctor may change your dose or stop MERIDIA. MERIDIA does not work for everyone.
Do not take MERIDIA if you:
MERIDIA may not be the right medicine for you if you have certain medical conditions.
Tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions, especially if you:
Do not drive, operate heavy machinery or do other dangerous activities until you know how MERIDIA affects you. Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Taking MERIDIA and certain other medicines may affect each other and may cause serious and in some cases life-threatening side effects.
Make sure you tell your doctor if you take:
Common side effects of MERIDIA include: dry mouth, headache, loss of appetite, trouble sleeping, and constipation. The following serious side effects have been reported with MERIDIA:
a large increase in blood pressure or heart rate in some people. See "What is the most important information I should know about MERIDIA?"
It may occur when people take drugs that affect a brain chemical called serotonin along with MERIDIA. Do not take other medicines with MERIDIA unless your doctor has told you it is okay to do so.
Get medical help right away if you have any of the following symptoms especially when taking other medicines with MERIDIA:
Certain weight loss medicines have been associated with a rare, but life-threatening condition that affects the blood pressure in lungs (pulmonary hypertension). Because the condition is so rare it is not known if MERIDIA may cause this disease. If you experience new or worsening shortness of breath notify your doctor immediately. Tell your doctor if you get a rash or hives while taking MERIDIA. You may be having an allergic reaction. Tell your doctor if you get effects that bother you or that do not go away. These are not all the side effects of MERIDIA. For more information, ask your doctor or pharmacist. MERIDIA is a controlled substance (CIV). This means that MERIDIA can be a target for people who abuse prescription medicines. Keep your MERIDIA in a safe place.
Before using Meridia, tell your doctor if you regularly use other medicines that make you sleepy (such as cold or allergy medicine, sedatives, narcotic pain medicine, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, and medicine for seizures, depression, or anxiety). They can add to sleepiness caused by Meridia.
Ask your doctor before taking any decongestants, cough medicine, or other diet pills.
The following drugs can interact with Meridia. Tell your doctor if you are using any of these:
This list is not complete and other drugs may interact with Meridia.
Store MERIDIA at room temperature between 59° to 86° F (15° to 30° C). Never leave it in a hot or moist place. Keep MERIDIA and all medicines out of reach of children.