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Generic: Sibutramine

Brand Name: Meridia 

MERIDIA 5 MG CAPSULEThe Meridia diet pill is most effectively used with a reduced calorie diet to lose weight as well as to keep it off permanently.  The Meridia diet pill is believed to work by increasing the activity of certain brain chemicals called neurotransmitters, such as norepinephrine and serotonin. It usually is used only for individuals who are very overweight or obese.  This medicine is only available with a doctor's prescription.  Also, only the oral forms (capsules) are available in the U.S. of the Meridia diet pill. 

Important factors to consider when taking the Meridia diet pill: 

Before taking this or any other medication you always must weigh the risks along with the benefits.  This is a decision that can only be made with you and your doctor.  However, the following factors should be considered before taking the Meridia diet pill: 


Allergies- You should tell your doctor if you have ever had any allergic reaction to this weight loss medication.  Also, you should tell your physician if you have ever had any allergic reactions to any substances such as foods, preservatives or dyes. 

Pregnancy-This medication has not been studied in pregnant women.  However, studies using animals have shown that Meridia may cause birth effects when used in doses much higher than the usual human dose.  Before using this medication for weight loss, you should always make sure your doctor knows if you're pregnant or possibly getting pregnant in the future. 

Breast-feeding- It is not known whether Meridia passes into breast milk.  Although it is believed that most medicines pass into breast milk in at least small amounts, some medications are believed to be used safely while breast-feeding.  This is another issue that needs to be discussed with your doctor. 

Children- Studies on the safe use of the Meridia diet pill have only been done in adult patients, and there is no specific information comparing the use of this weight loss medicine in children with use in other age groups. 

Older Adults-Many medicines including ones specifically studying the Meridia diet pill have not been studied specifically in older people.  Therefore, it may not be known whether they work exactly the same way they do in younger adults.  However, although there is not specific information comparing the use of the Meridia diet pill in the elderly with use in other age groups, this medicine is not expected to cause different side effects or other problems in older people than it does in younger adults.

Information from Consumer Reports Consumer Drug Reference

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