Meridia is for patients who need to lose 30lbs or more in weight, and for whom traditional diet and exercise programs have failed. It should be used in conjunction with a reduced calorie diet but should not be used for more than 2 months.
Like most other prescription diet pills, Meridia works by stimulating your central nervous system and increasing blood pressure and heart rate. It alters chemicals in the body that control weight maintenance. It can be addictive so usage should be limited to a few weeks.
How do you take Meridia?
Unlike other diet pills, Meridia can be taken with or without food. Remember to drink a full glass of water with the pill. It is also important to measure your blood pressure and heart rate during the time that you are regularly taking Meridia.
Only take as much as your doctor prescribes. Meridia should also not be taken in conjunction with other diet pills. If you miss a dose then do not double-dose the next day. A dose taken late in the day may also cause insomnia.
Who should not take Meridia?
You should consult your doctor if you have any of the following conditions:
Heart disease, High Blood pressure, Anorexia, Arteriosclerosis, Glaucoma, Liver disease, Kidney disease, a seizure disorder such as epilepsy, Diabetes, a history of drug/alcohol abuse.
Patients who are pregnant or breastfeeding should avoid Meridia, as well as those who have taken a monoamine oxidase inhibitor in the last 2 weeks. Always check with your doctor first. Also avoid giving Meridia to children under 16.
Meridia Side Effects
Meridia can be habit-forming and is sometimes qualified as addictive by doctors. Usage should be limited to only a few weeks. Users should speak to their doctors about any side effects that occur but I have listed some of the most common below.
If you notice these side effects, stop taking Meridia immediately and call for emergency help:
Hallucinations or confused behaviour
Allergic reaction (typically swelling of the lips, tongue or throat)
High blood pressure or irregular heartbeat.
Other, less serious, side effects include restlessness, anxiety, insomnia, dry mouth and diarrhea.
Meridia – Interactions with other drugs
You should always consult with your doctor about every other medication you take, but here is a brief list of some drugs that have had reported interactions with Meridia.
- lithium (Lithobid, Eskalith, Lithonate, others)
- almotriptan (Axert), naratriptan (Amerge), rizatriptan (Maxalt), sumatriptan (Imitrex), or zolmitriptan (Zomig)
- citalopram (Celexa), fluoxetine (Prozac), sertraline (Zoloft), paroxetine (Paxil), or fluvoxamine (Luvox)
- venlafaxine (Effexor), nefazodone (Serzone), mirtazapine (Remeron), or thioridazine (Mellaril)
- amitriptyline (Elavil, Endep), amoxapine (Asendin), clomipramine (Anafranil), desipramine (Norpramin), doxepin (Sinequan), imipramine (Tofranil), nortriptyline (Pamelor), protriptyline (Vivactil), or trimipramine (Surmontil);
- meperidine (Demerol)
- fentanyl (Duragesic)