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SIBUTRAMINE - ORAL
COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Meridia
USES: This drug has been withdrawn from the US and Canadian markets due to problems with safety (increased risk of heart attack and stroke). Talk with your doctor about stopping sibutramine now and about other treatment options.
This medication is used along with a low-calorie diet to help people with obesity lose weight. Reducing excess weight helps to prevent or control complications such as heart disease, diabetes, and joint pain. Sibutramine works by affecting the area in your brain that controls hunger, providing you with a sense of fullness and satisfaction.
Discuss the risks and benefits of sibutramine with your doctor.
This drug should not be used in adults 65 years or older.
HOW TO USE: Read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist before you start using sibutramine and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Take this medication by mouth, usually once daily with or without food, or as directed by your doctor.
Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. Remember to use it at the same time each day. Dosage is based on your medical condition and response to therapy.
Do not increase your dose, take it more frequently, or use it for a longer period of time than prescribed. Do not suddenly stop using this drug without your doctor's approval. Your dose may need to be gradually reduced, especially if you have been taking this medication for a long time. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details.
When used for an extended period, this medication may not work as well and may require different dosing. Talk with your doctor if this medication stops working well.
Since this medication can increase your blood pressure and heart rate (pulse), it is important to have regular check-ups to monitor these readings before starting and during treatment with sibutramine. Your doctor will also monitor your weight loss progress and check for side effects (usually checking after 4 weeks, and then after 3-6 months of treatment or as directed) to decide if continued treatment is safe and effective for you.
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