Meridia is also known by its generic name of sibutramine. Meridia is a medication used to help overweight people in the process of losing weight. Meridia works by affecting the neurotransmitters within the patient’s brain. The primary neurotransmitters it affects are those that create the chemicals dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin. By affecting these neurotransmitters and limiting the reuptake of these chemicals the chemicals gain in quantity and better attach to the receptors in which they are intended which helps to balance the individual and in effect helps them fight their weight problem. Patients on meridia have been known to achieve a five to ten percent reduction from their initial weight. The Food and Drug Administration first approved Meridia in 1997.
Meridia is not used as a stand-alone drug but is used in conjunction with a low calorie diet and overall healthier eating habits, without which it has a largely weakened effect. Individuals who are often prescribed meridia are in risk of other health factors due to their weight, these health risks include diabetes mellitus, high cholesterol and, hypertension. As with any drug, it is important to undergo medical treatment and beware of possible conflicts with other medications.
The standard dosage of meridia come in 5 mg, 10 mg, and 15 mg capsules which can be taken with or without food. The general starting level of meridia is 10 mg a day, generally in the morning, and may be increased after a certain amount of time depending on the results. Doses of up to 60 mg have been tested on individuals to see how well it would help.
Side effects of meridia are not that common and are generally mild. Mild side effects include constipation, insomnia, dry mouth, and headaches. Other less likely side effects can include joint pain, acne, rash, anxiety, depression, drowsiness, nausea, vomiting, change in taste, flu like symptoms, sinus congestion and tingling in the extremities.
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