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Meridia Patient Information including If I Miss a Dose
In this Article
- What is sibutramine (Meridia)?
- What are the possible side effects of sibutramine (Meridia)?
- What is the most important information I should know about sibutramine (Meridia)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking sibutramine (Meridia)?
- How should I take sibutramine (Meridia)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Meridia)?
- What happens if I overdose (Meridia)?
- What should I avoid while taking sibutramine (Meridia)?
- What other drugs will affect sibutramine (Meridia)?
- Where can I get more information?
What happens if I miss a dose (Meridia)?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose (Meridia)?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
Overdose symptoms may include headache, dizziness, and fast heart rate.
What should I avoid while taking sibutramine (Meridia)?
Sibutramine may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert.
Do not take any other prescription or over-the-counter weight-loss products without your doctor's advice.
Avoid taking cough and cold or allergy medications while taking sibutramine.
Avoid drinking alcohol while taking sibutramine.
What other drugs will affect sibutramine (Meridia)?
Before using sibutramine, tell your doctor if you regularly use other medicines that make you sleepy (such as cold or allergy medicine, sedatives, narcotic pain medicine, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, and medicine for seizures, depression, or anxiety). They can add to sleepiness caused by sibutramine.
Ask your doctor before taking any decongestants, cough medicine, or other diet pills.
The following drugs can interact with sibutramine. Tell your doctor if you are using any of these:
- lithium (Lithobid, Eskalith, and others);
- tryptophan or L-tryptophan;
- ketoconazole (Nizoral);
- an antibiotic such as erythromycin (E.E.S., EryPed, Ery-Tab, Erythrocin);
- an antidepressant such as citalopram (Celexa), desvenlafaxine (Pristiq), duloxetine (Cymbalta), fluoxetine (Prozac, Sarafem, Symbyax), paroxetine (Paxil), sertraline (Zoloft), venlafaxine (Effexor), and others;
- ergot medicine such as dihydroergotamine (D.H.E. 45, Migranal Nasal Spray), ergonovine (Ergotrate), ergotamine (Ergomar), or methylergonovine (Methergine).
- migraine headache medicine such as sumatriptan (Imitrex) or zolmitriptan (Zomig); or
- narcotic pain medication such as fentanyl (Actiq, Duragesic, Fentora, Onsolis), meperidine (Demerol), pentazocine (Talwin).
This list is not complete and other drugs may interact with sibutramine. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over the counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about sibutramine.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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