(Sibutramine), is an alternative to Phentermine. It works by affecting
appetite control centers in the brain.
medication is a diet aid used with a reduced calorie diet to promote
and maintain weight loss. Used primarily to reduce excess body weight
TAKE MERIDIA: Best taken in the morning on an empty stomach 1 hour
before breakfast. Break, crush or chew before swallowing. Store in
a tightly closed container at room temperature away from sunlight.
Since Meridia can cause sleeplessness avoid taking after noon. Take
as directed by your doctor and do not take longer than directed. This
drug can become habit forming. Also, if you take Meridia for a long
period of time do not stop taking without your doctors approval. Over
time this medication may not work as well as it did at the beginning.
Consult your doctor if your weight increases. Keep out of the reach
of children and do not give your medication to anyone.
Dry mouth, sleeplessness, irritability, back pain, stomach upset or
constipation may occur the first few days as you body adjusts to the
medication. CONTACT your doctor as soon as possible if you experience;
rash, hives, seizures, worsening of vision, decreased amount of urine
or unusual bleeding or bruising. CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY if
you experience the following side effects or symptoms of toxicity;
excitement, restlessness, loss of consciousness, confusion, agitation,
weakness, shivering, clumsiness or unsteadiness, fast heartbeat, large-unchanging
pupils, vomiting, trouble breathing, shortness of breath, chest pains,
swelling of feet/ankles or legs, fainting, disorientation, depression,
high fever, eye pain, tremor or increased sweating. If you notice
effects other than those mentioned above that are out of the ordinary,
consult your doctor..
Tell your doctor your complete medical history especially if you have
high blood pressure, an overactive thyroid, glaucoma, diabetic or
emotional problems. Consult with your doctor if you think you are
pregnant, do not breast feed if you are taking this medicine. This
medication will add to the effects of alcohol and other depressants.
If you have trouble sleeping ask your doctor when is the best time
to take this medication. DO NOT exceed the recommended dose. This
drug is not recommended for use by children. Consult your doctor or
pharmacist for further information.
Inform your physician about ALL the medicines you use, (prescription
and nonprescription), especially if you take high blood pressure medicines
or MAO inhibitors, (eg., Furazolidone, Phenelzine, Selegiline, Tranylcpromine)
or any other weight loss medicine. Avoid “stimulant” drugs
that may increase your heart rate such as decongestants or caffeine.
Decongestants are commonly found in over the counter cough and cold
DOSE: If you miss a dose, do not double the next dose. Instead, skip
the missed dose and resume your usual schedule.