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Meridia, chemically known as sibutramine hydrochloride monohydrate, is an orally administered drug used to treat obesity. This drug affects chemicals in our brain that affect the weight maintenance system of our body. Meridia is used together in combination with diet and exercise to cure obesity which may be related to high blood pressure, diabetes, or high cholesterol. The generic name Meridia is sibutramine. Sibutramine was withdrawn from the United States drug market in October 2010. There may be other usages of this drug which are not listed here.
The possible side effects of Meridia include severe or uncontrolled hypertension or high blood pressure, fast, pounding, or infrequent heartbeats, agitation, fever, tremor, nausea, overactive reflexes, vomiting, diarrhea, dilated pupils, loss of coordination, rigid muscles, confusion, high fever, sweating, easy bleeding or bruising, severe headache, buzzing in ears, blurred vision etc. The patient should also convey the doctor if he or she has an eating disorder called anorexia or bulimia, glaucoma, high blood pressure, kidney disease, liver disease, depression, underactive thyroid, any history of coronary artery disease or atherosclerosis, heart disease such as heart rhythm disorder, congestive heart failure etc, heart attacks etc or if he or she takes diet pills. The less common side effects are constipation, stomach pain, back pain, headache, joint pain, feeling nervous, depressed, and dizzy, flu symptoms, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose etc.
The recommended initial dose of Meridia is 10 mg administered orally once daily every day with or without food. If the patient looses weight infrequently, the dosage may be changed to a total of 15 mg administered every day. The 5 mg dosage is for the patients who cannot tolerate higher dosages. The patients are strictly forbidden to take doses higher than 15 mg. The patient’s blood pressure and heart rate should be taken into account while changing the dosage.