Meridia for childhood obesityMeridia, also known as sibutramine, affects the chemicals in the brain and helps the body to maintain and keep the weight off. Meridia is advised to be consumed with a proper healthy diet or low-calorie meals and physical exercise and this helps in reducing weight in a fast manner. By encountering obesity, the risks of diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure are significantly controlled by this drug.

Meridia should not be taken without the guidance of a physician. It is not recommended for use in children below 16, adults above 65, pregnant women and nursing mothers. The effects on an unborn baby are still not known and the dose is to be consumed as per the prescription, and usually, it is taken once daily with or without food.

Patients under Meridia drug course are advised to have regular check-ups with the physician to track their pulse and blood pressure. It should not be used for more than 2 years and if a patient doesn’t lose 2 kgs in a month’s time, he/she will have to consult the physician and the physician might change the dose for best results.

Safety and Precautions of using Meridia:

Meridia is not considered safe for children due to increased risk of side effects. Meridia helped in losing only 2.5% more of their body weight when compared to the results of placebo and has failed to improve a patient’s health that was under its prescription. Hence, it was proved that the pill did not play or have any significant role and effect in weight management in children.

Why is Meridia not safe for children?

When Meridia was approved by the FDA initially itself, it was observed of increased chances of high blood pressure and increased heart rate. But the benefits of purchasing Meridia were obtained to outweigh the risks when consumed at low doses and so the ill effects produced by the drug were neglected. It is not safe for children and the medicine must be kept out of reach from children. It has very serious side effects on children, which include:

  • Experiencing fast and uneven heartbeats and the pounding of the heart.
  • Bleeding from nose and gums or easily bruising and bleeding of any part of the body which fails to arrest.
  • Patient’s blood pressure shoots tremendously to higher levels which will be a danger to anyone.
  • Pain in the chest and this pain will spread to the arm and shoulders.
  • They might develop problems with vision and balance and speech.
  • Very stiff and rigid muscles.
  • Shortness of breath all of a sudden.
  • Agitation and hallucinations.
  • Fever, sweats, tremors, and confusion in a dangerously severe state
  • Sudden numbness or weakness which is felt on one side of the body
  • Confusion, overactive reflexes, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and dilated pupils.
  • It triggers loss of coordination.