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What is Meridia?
Meridia is a prescription medication used to treat obesity symptoms, weight loss, and weight maintenance. Meridia can be taken alone or in combination with other medications.
Meridia belongs to a drug class known as Schedule IV controlled substances.
Meridia, which contains the compound sibutramine, was withdrawn from the market in the United States in October after a clinical trial revealed an increased risk of heart attack and stroke among those taking the obesity medication.
Meridia is not known to be safe or effective in children under the age of 16. You can easily order Meridia online from a trusted online pharmacy.
Avoid using Meridia 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. If you take Meridia before the MAO inhibitor has cleared from your system, you may have serious, life-threatening side effects.
You must tell your doctor before taking Meridia if you have a bleeding disorder, glaucoma, high blood pressure, liver or kidney disease, depression, underactive thyroid, seizures, a history of gallstones, or if you are older than 65 or younger than 16.
Tell your doctor about all of your prescription and over-the-counter medications, especially antidepressants, cold and allergy medications, narcotic pain relievers, and migraine headache medicines.
If you have not reduced at least 4 pounds after four weeks of taking the medication and following a low-calorie diet, tell your doctor.
What to know before taking Meridia?
Do not take Meridia if you are allergic to it or if you have:
- severe or uncontrolled hypertension (high blood pressure)
- eating disorders such as anorexia or bulimia
- a history of coronary artery disease (atherosclerosis)
- a history of heart disease including congestive heart failure, heart rhythm disorder
- a history of heart attack or stroke
- if you are taking stimulant diet pills
If you have taken an MAO inhibitor in the last 14 days, such as furazolidone (Furoxone), isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam), or tranylcypromine (Parnate), do not take Meridia. If you take Meridia before the MAO inhibitor has cleared from your system, you could have serious, life-threatening side effects.
You may need to adjust your Meridia dose or have special tests if you have any of the following conditions:
- high blood pressure
- liver disease
- kidney disease
- underactive thyroid
- epilepsy or seizure disorder
- a bleeding or blood clotting disorder
- a history of gallstones
- if you are above 65 years or below 16 years
It is unknown whether Meridia will harm an unborn baby. However, you should tell your doctor if you are pregnant.
It is unknown whether sibutramine passes into breast milk or whether it could harm a nursing baby. However, if you are breastfeeding a baby, do not take Meridia without consulting your doctor.
This medication should not be given to anyone under the age of 16.
How to take Meridia?
Take Meridia as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take Meridia in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. If you want to buy Meridia online, make sure that it is genuine.
Follow all the directions provided on your prescription label carefully.
Take Meridia once daily. Follow your doctor’s instructions.
Your doctor may adjust your dose occasionally to make sure you get the best results.
Take Meridia with or without food.
During the first four weeks of taking Meridia and following a low-calorie diet, you should lose at least four pounds. Inform your doctor if you have not lost at least 4 pounds after four weeks of taking medicine.
Your blood pressure and pulse rate must be checked on a regular basis. Visit your doctor regularly.
Do not use Meridia for more than two years.
5 mg: These are blue or yellow capsules imprinted with “MERIDIA” on the cap and “-5-” on the body.
10 mg: These are blue or white capsules imprinted with ”MERIDIA” on the cap and “-10-” on the body.
15 mg: These are yellow or white capsules imprinted with “MERIDIA” on the cap and “-15-” on the body.
The starting dose of Meridia is 10 mg which should be taken once daily, with or without food. If weight loss is insufficient, the dose may be increased to 15 mg once daily after four weeks.
The overdose symptoms may include headache, dizziness, and fast heart rate.
If someone has overdosed and is experiencing serious symptoms such as passing out or having trouble breathing, get medical help right away.
What to avoid while using Meridia?
Meridia may affect your ability to think or respond. Be cautious if you are driving or doing anything else that needs you to be alert. Without consulting your doctor, do not use any other prescription or over-the-counter weight-loss products.
Do not take cough and cold or allergy medications while taking Meridia.
Do not drink alcohol while taking Meridia.
Meridia side effects
The common side effects of Meridia may include:
- feeling nervous, dizzy, or depressed
- flu symptoms such as sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, or cough
- mild skin rash
- dry mouth, upset stomach
- changes in appetite
- constipation, stomach pain
- headache, back pain, joint pain
- redness, warmth, or tingly feeling under your skin
- insomnia or trouble sleeping
Stop using Meridia and call your doctor right away if you have a serious side effect such as:
- fast, pounding, or uneven heartbeats
- new or worsening shortness of breath
- very stiff or rigid muscles, sweating, confusion, high fever, feeling like you might pass out
- hallucinations, agitation, fever, tremor, overactive reflexes, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of coordination, dilated pupils
- easy bruising or bleeding (bleeding gums, nosebleeds, or any bleeding that will not stop)
- dangerously high blood pressure, including blurred vision, severe headache, buzzing in your ears, anxiety, seizure
- chest pain, pain spreading to the arm or shoulder, general ill feeling
- sudden weakness or numbness (especially on one side of the body), problems with vision, speech, or balance
What drugs can interact with Meridia?
Before taking Meridia, tell your doctor if you regularly use other medicines that make you sleepy. These medications may contribute to the drowsiness caused by Meridia. Examples of such medicines are cold or allergy medicine, sedatives, narcotic pain medicine, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, and medicine for seizures, depression, or anxiety.
Before taking any decongestants, cough medications, or diet pills, consult your doctor.
The following drugs can interact with Meridia. You should tell your doctor if you are also using any of these:
- lithium such as Lithobid, Eskalith
- an antidepressant such as desvenlafaxine (Pristiq), citalopram (Celexa), duloxetine (Cymbalta), fluoxetine (Prozac, Sarafem, Symbyax), paroxetine (Paxil), sertraline (Zoloft), venlafaxine (Effexor), etc.
- ergot medicine such as dihydroergotamine ( Migranal Nasal Spray), ergonovine (Ergotrate), ergotamine (Ergomar), or methylergonovine (Methergine)
- narcotic pain medication such as fentanyl (Fentora, Actiq, Duragesic, Onsolis), meperidine (Demerol), pentazocine (Talwin)
- an antibiotic such as erythromycin
- tryptophan or L-tryptophan
- ketoconazole (Nizoral)
- migraine headache medicine such as sumatriptan (Imitrex) or zolmitriptan (Zomig)