Meridia (sibutramine) was withdrawn from the U.S. market in October 2010. Meridia affects chemicals in the brain that affect weight maintenance.
Meridia is used together with diet and exercise to treat obesity that may be related to diabetes, high cholesterol, or high blood pressure.
Meridia was withdrawn from the U.S. market in October 2010. Do not use Meridia if you have taken an MAO inhibitor such as furazolidone (Furoxone), isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam), or tranylcypromine (Parnate) in the last 14 days. Serious, life threatening side effects can occur if you use Meridia before the MAO inhibitor has cleared from your body. You should not take Meridia if you are allergic to sibutramine, or if you have severe or uncontrolled high blood pressure, an eating disorder (anorexia or bulimia), if you are taking stimulant diet pills, or if you have a history of coronary artery disease, stroke, or heart disease.p>
Before taking Meridia, tell your doctor if you have glaucoma, high blood pressure, liver or kidney disease, depression, underactive thyroid, seizures, a bleeding disorder, a history of gallstones, or if you are older than 65 or younger than 16.p>
Take Meridia exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label. Meridia is usually taken once daily. Follow your doctor's instructions.
Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results.
You should lose at least 4 pounds during the first 4 weeks of taking Meridia and eating a low calorie diet. Tell your doctor if you do not lose at least 4 pounds after taking the medication for 4 weeks. Your blood pressure and pulse will need to be checked often. Visit your doctor regularly. Meridia should not be taken for longer than 2 years. Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light. Do not share Meridia with another person. Keep the medication in a place where others cannot get to it.
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