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Meridia Patient Information including How Should I Take
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 should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking sibutramine (Meridia)?
Do not use sibutramine if you have taken an MAO inhibitor such as furazolidone (Furoxone), isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam), or tranylcypromine (Parnate) in the last 14 days. Serious, life threatening side effects can occur if you use sibutramine before the MAO inhibitor has cleared from your body.
You should not take this medication if you are allergic to sibutramine, or if you have:
- severe or uncontrolled hypertension (high blood pressure);
- an eating disorder (anorexia or bulimia);
- a history of coronary artery disease (atherosclerosis);
- a history of heart disease (congestive heart failure, heart rhythm disorder);
- a history of heart attack or stroke; or
- if you are taking stimulant diet pills.
If you have any of these other conditions, you may need a sibutramine dose adjustment or special tests:
- high blood pressure;
- liver disease;
- kidney disease;
- underactive thyroid;
- epilepsy or seizure disorder;
- a bleeding or blood clotting disorder;
- a history of gallstones; or
- if you are older than 65 or younger than 16.
FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether sibutramine will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using sibutramine.
It is not known whether sibutramine passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Do not give this medication to anyone younger than 16 years old.
How should I take sibutramine (Meridia)?
Take exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Sibutramine is usually taken once daily. Follow your doctor's instructions.
Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results.
Sibutramine can be taken with or without food.
You should lose at least 4 pounds during the first 4 weeks of taking sibutramine and eating a low calorie diet. Tell your doctor if you do not lose at least 4 pounds after taking the medication for 4 weeks.
Your blood pressure and pulse will need to be checked often. Visit your doctor regularly.
Sibutramine should not be taken for longer than 2 years.
Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.
Do not share sibutramine with another person. Keep the medication in a place where others cannot get to it.
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