Also known as Sibutramine Hydrochloride Monohydrate, Meridia is prescribed for the management and maintenance of weight loss, obesity and should be combined with a low-calorie diet. People can easily order Meridia online with the help of various online pharmacies, which sell quality drugs at an affordable price. It is usually recommended to obese individuals with a body mass index of ≥ 27 kg/m² or ≥ 30 kg/m² in the presence of other factors like controlled hypertension, dyslipidemia, diabetes etc.
Sibutramine, in Meridia, is a substance that has addictive properties and hence it should be kept away from children and those that it has not been prescribed to, lest fatality may happen. Selling or passing it on to others is illegal.
Important information to disclose to the doctor
- Information such as patient’s history of chest pain, heart attack, poor circulation in legs, uncontrolled high blood pressure, symptoms of stroke etc. have to be clearly mentioned to the doctor.
- If the patient is using any kind of medicine like Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitor (used to treat depression), in the past two weeks, it should be mentioned to the doctor.
- If the patient or patient’s family are suffering from bulimia, anorexia nervosa or other eating disorder or is allergic to any ingredient in Meridia, it must be mention to the doctor without fail.
- Also, make sure to inform the doctor about any cold, narcotic pain, migraine medicine that the patient is taking currently.
- Pregnant or those breastfeeding should mention it to the doctor as consumption of Meridia can harm the unborn child and can pass into the breast milk and harm the unborn child. If a woman has plans of getting pregnant, she must take birth control while taking the medication.
- The doctor should be informed about all the medication the patient is on. Any herbal vitamins or prescription, nonprescription drugs that the patient take should also be mentioned, as the combination of Meridia with other drugs, can cause serious risk to life.
How should Merida be taken?
- Store Meridia away from direct sunlight and moisture. Make sure to safely dispose of expired drugs.
- Follow the doctor’s advice strictly on how to take Merida, which is usually once a day. If a dose is missed, skip it and never take an extra dose to make up for the missed one.
- Meridia can be taken with or without eating food.
- According to the patient’s progress, the doctor may increase or decrease the dosage. Never attempt to adjust the dosage without doctor’s advice as it can lead to fatality. Visit the doctor regularly to keep track of the patient’s progress and dosage.
Possible side effects and ways to avoid it
Some of the less serious side effects include
- dry mouth,
- low appetite,
- insomnia and
These side effects shouldn’t be taken lightly and be reported to your doctor.
Make sure to not indulge in more than 2 alcoholic drinks per day while taking Meridia. Make sure to not operate heavy machinery or drive or participate in activities that require alertness until the doctor gives a green signal to do so.
Meridia Drug Interactions
Meridia, when combined with other medication, can affect Serotonin which is an important neurotransmitter, leading to Serotonin Syndrome. If symptoms such as fever, shivering, sweating, restlessness, confusion or anxiety is observed, the doctor should be contacted immediately.
If the patient is likely to bleed after consuming a blood thinning medicine, Meridia should not be used.
Meridia being a weight loss medicine, may affect pulmonary hypertension patients in a life-threatening way, and so seek medical assistance as soon as shortness of breath is observed in a patient.