Meridia (Sibutramine) 15mg is a drug that aids weight loss. Principally it is for the clinically obese, those who are overweight and those whose weight causes medical complications. If you are unsure as to whether this means you, you should check your body mass index. Overweight is a Body Mass Index (BMI) of over 30. Meridia aids weight loss by helping you control how much you eat. Combining this with a healthy diet should facilitate weight loss. You should not be dependant upon Meridia for weight loss, this requires a change in attitude and habit. Just ensure that you always eat sensibly and healthily when using Meridia.
For a starting dose of Meridia, the recommended amount would be 10 mg once a day. It could be taken with or without food. Now, if in any case, the weight loss is insufficient, the dose could be titrated after around four weeks for a total of about 15 mg once a day. Be reminded, though, that doses more than 15 mg a day are not recommended. 5 mg doses could, however, be administered if the patient is unable to tolerate 10 mg doses. As for the dose titration, changes in the heart rate and blood pressure must be considered and monitored.
Ideally everyone should exercise, as it is necessary for a healthy lifestyle. Increasing your levels of physical activity in any way, however great or small, is good for you and will help you to reach your dietary goal.
It is not recommended to drink whilst you are taking Meridia (Sibutramine) 15mg. Alcohol is not conducive to weight loss.
Generally, Meridia is tolerable. Some of the more commonly observed side effects would include a dry mouth, constipation and insomnia. There have also been reports that some patients had convulsions. However, these were the patients who already had predisposing factors for seizures. Another reported side effect would be ecchymosis or bleeding, which has been studied to be because of the possible effects of Meridia on platelet function, which is a result of the drug’s effect on serotonin uptake. Some other side effects are flatulence, diarrhea, peripheral oedema, gastroenteritis, agitation, arthritis, hypertonia as well as some menstrual disorders.
People who are under 16 years of age or pregnant and nursing women should not use Meridia (Sibutramine) 15mg.
Meridia cannot be taken in conjunction with:
Always check with your doctor about any medication that you propose taking in conjunction with Meridia
Meridia (Sibutramine) 15mg has to be stored at a room temperature of not more than 77 degrees F, equivalent to 25 degrees C. It should also be placed in a container which is tightly-closed and without humidity. Keep all drugs away from reach of children and pets.