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  • Meridia Information

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    Description and Usage

    Meridia is used to aid obese people in losing weight. It boosts certain chemicals in the nervous system such as serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine to suppress appetite. The active ingredient in Meridia is sibutramine hydrochloride. Meridia is taken with or without food in capsule form.


    Meridia should not be prescribed to patients who are allergic to it. Sufferers of anorexia nervosa also should not take Meridia. Meridia should not be combined with other appetite-suppressing drugs or MAO inhibitors.

    Possible Side Effects

    More common side effects

    Abdominal pain, acid indigestion, anxiety, back pain, constipation, cough increase, depression, dizziness, dry mouth, flu symptoms, headache, increased appetite, insomnia, joint pain, loss of appetite, loss of strength, nasal inflammation, nausea, nervousness, painful menstruation, rash, sinus inflammation, stomachache, sore throat

    Less common side effects

    Acne, abnormal thinking, agitation, allergic reaction, arthritis, bronchitis, changes in taste, chest pain, dental problems, diarrhea, difficulty breathing, drowsiness, ear pain, ear problems, emotional changes, fever, gas, heavy uterine bleeding, herpes simplex virus, increased heart rate, increased blood pressure, itching, laryngitis, leg cramps, menstrual problems, migraine headache, muscle ache, neck pain, rectal problems, reduced vision, stimulation, stomach and intestinal inflammation, sweating, swelling, thirst, throbbing heartbeat, tingling skin sensation, urinary tract infection, vaginal yeast infection, vomiting Rare side effects

    Bleeding problems, kidney problems, seizures

    Possible Interactions

    One should check with their doctor before taking Meridia with the following: Alcohol; Dextromethorphan; Dihydroergotamine (D.H.E. Injection, Migranal Nasal Spray); Erythromycin (Eryc, Ery-Tab, PCE); Fentanyl (Duragesic); Fluoxetine (Prozac); Fluvoxamine (Luvox); Ketoconazole (Nizoral); Lithium (Eskalith, Lithobid); Meperidine (Demerol); Naratriptan (Amerge); Paroxetine (Paxil); Pentazocine (Talwin NX, Talacen); Sertraline (Zoloft); Stimulants such as amphetamines, Dexedrine, Desoxyn, Adderall, Didrex, and Ionamin; Sumatriptan (Imitrex); Tryptophan (L-Tryptophan); Venlafaxine (Effexor); Zolmitriptan (Zomig)

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