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Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: fast/pounding/irregular heartbeat, numbness/tingling of the hands or feet, mental/mood changes (e.g., excitement, restlessness, confusion, depression, rare thoughts of suicide).
Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: change in the amount or color of urine, easy or unusual bruising/bleeding, black stools, vomit that looks like coffee grounds, yellowing eyes or skin, unexplained fever, shaking, unusual sweating, swelling of the arms/legs.
Seek immediate medical attention if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: seizures, chest pain, weakness on one side of the body, vision changes, trouble breathing.
Sibutramine may rarely cause a very serious condition called serotonin syndrome. Taking sibutramine with "triptans" used to treat migraine headaches (e.g., sumatriptan, eletriptan) or certain antidepressants including SSRIs (e.g., citalopram, fluoxetine, paroxetine) and NSRIs (e.g., duloxetine, venlafaxine) increases the risk of this reaction. Before taking sibutramine, tell your doctor if you take any of these medications. Serotonin syndrome may be more likely when you start or increase the dose of any of these medications. Seek immediate medical attention if you develop some of the following symptoms: severe mental/mood changes (e.g., hallucinations, unusual restlessness), loss of coordination, fast heartbeat, severe dizziness, unexplained fever, severe nausea/vomiting/diarrhea, twitchy muscles.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction may include: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
In the US -
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
Read the Meridia (sibutramine hydrochloride monohydrate) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects
PRECAUTIONS: Before taking sibutramine, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: eating disorders (e.g., anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa), uncontrolled or poorly controlled high blood pressure, heart or blood vessel disease (e.g., coronary artery disease, history of heart attack or angina, congestive heart failure, abnormal heart rhythms, poor circulation in the arms/legs), stroke or TIA (transient ischemic attack).
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: high blood pressure, glaucoma (narrow angle type), untreated underactive thyroid disease, liver disease, kidney disease, gallstones, seizure disorder, bleeding disorders, depression, drug abuse.
This drug may make you dizzy or drowsy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness until you are sure you can perform such activities safely. Limit alcoholic beverages.
Children may be at a greater risk for mental/mood changes (including rare thoughts of suicide) while using this drug.
This medication is not recommended for use during pregnancy. Women of child-bearing age should use effective birth control while taking this medication. Consult your doctor for more details.
It is not known whether this drug passes into breast milk. Breast-feeding while using this drug is not recommended. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
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