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USES: This medication is used to reduce excess body weight (obesity).

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Avg Consumer Rating 4.3 out of 5
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OverviewPhotosHow To UseSide EffectsPrecautionsMissed DoseDrug Interactions

This medication is used to reduce excess body weight (obesity).
  • Do not share this medication with others.
  • This medication should be used in addition to a reduced calorie diet.
  • Blood pressure and pulse may be measured and laboratory tests performed to monitor side effects.

  • Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C) away from light and moisture.


How To Use
  • HOW TO USE THIS MEDICATION: Take by mouth exactly as directed by your doctor, usually once daily.
  • The full effect on weight may require four to six weeks.
  • Do not increase your dose, take it more frequently or use it for a longer period of time than prescribed because this drug can be habit-forming.
  • Also, if used for a longer period of time, do not suddenly stop using this drug without your doctor's approval.
  • Over time, this drug may not work as well as it did at the beginning.
  • Consult your doctor if weight increases.

Side Effects
  • Dry mouth, drowsiness, constipation and difficulty sleeping may occur.
  • If these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor promptly.
  • Report promptly headache, dizziness, back pain, arthritis, increased appetite, stomach pain, mood/mental changes, persistent sore throat or sinus congestion.
  • Unlikely but report promptly chest pain, pounding or unusually fast heart beats, flushing or fever, increased thirst, arm or leg swelling, muscle pain or weakness, leg cramps, numbness, sweating, or painful menstruation.
  • Very unlikely but report promptly seizures, bruising, change in frequency, amount or color of urine, painful urination, or yellowing skin or eyes.
  • In the unlikely event you have an allergic reaction to this drug, seek medical attention immediately.
  • Symptoms of an allergic reaction include rash, itching, swelling, or trouble breathing.
  • If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

  • Before using this drug, tell your doctor your entire medical history, including any allergies (especially drug allergies), liver or kidney disease, high blood pressure or heart disease, history of stroke or seizures, certain eating disorders (e.g., anorexia nervosa), glaucoma (narrow angle), or history of gallstones.
  • Limit alcohol intake, as it may worsen certain side effects of this medication.
  • Since this drug may cause dizziness or fatigue, use extreme caution if operating machinery or performing hazardous tasks (e.g., driving).
  • It is recommended that women of child-bearing age should use effective birth control while taking this medication.
  • This drug is not recommended for use during pregnancy.
  • Consult your doctor before using this drug.
  • It is not known whether this drug is excreted into breast milk.
  • Because of the potential risk to the infant, breast-feeding while using this drug is not recommended.
  • Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
  • Elderly patients may be more sensitive to the effects of this drug.
  • Use cautiously.

Missed Dose
  • If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember.
  • If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule.
  • Do not double the dose to catch up.

Drug Interactions
  • Tell your doctor of all nonprescription and prescription medication you may use, especially other weight reducing agents (e.g., diethylpropion), drugs that can raise blood pressure such as decongestants (e.g., pseudoephedrine, phenylpropanolamine), cough suppressants (e.g., dextromethorphan), antidepressants (e.g., nefazodone, fluoxetine, paroxetine, sertraline, fluvoxamine, venlafaxine), lithium, psychiatric medications (e.g., MAO Inhibitors such as selegiline, moclobemide, furazolidone, phenelzine, tranylcypromine), drugs for migraines (e.g., dihydroergotamine, sumatriptan), tryptophan, certain narcotic pain relievers (e.g., meperidine, pentazocine, fentanyl), ketoconazole, erythromycin, high blood pressure medicine or any drugs which can cause drowsiness, including certain antihistamines (e.g., diphenhydramine), sedatives and anti-seizure drugs.
  • Antihistamines and decongestants may be found in many nonprescription drugs for cough and cold.
  • Consult your pharmacist.
  • MAO Inhibitors (see above) and this drug should not be taken together.
  • If an MAO Inhibitor or this drug is stopped, wait 2 weeks before starting the other drug.
  • Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

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User Medicine Opinions for Meridia
Overall:5 out of 5
Low adverse Reactions4 out of 5
Healing Power:4 out of 5
No dependency problems:5 out of 5
Cost-Benefit:4 out of 5
Sex: F
Age: 28
Location: New Jersey
Time Taken: 6 weeks

Reason: Lose weight and PCOS Date: 26 August 2010
Side Effects
Jitteriness and heart palpatations but they are tolerable. Lasted for about 3 weeks and now they are very infrequent

Additional Thoughts
Proper diet & medication have helped me lose 23 pounds in 6 weeks. Just beware......you will no longer be able to donate whole blood while on Meridia. You must stop it for 7 days prior. I have rare blood type, and there is always a shortage. I used to donate whole blood or platelets every two months now I'm unable to.

Overall:5 out of 5
Low adverse Reactions3 out of 5
Healing Power:4 out of 5
No dependency problems:4 out of 5
Cost-Benefit:5 out of 5
Sex: M
Age: 52
Location: Toronto Canada
Time Taken: 10 weeks

Reason: Lose Weight Date: 11 September 2008
Side Effects
Aside from the standard dry mouth ect...which you counter by drinking lots of water - always recommended for diets anyway I have also noticed ED issues. I have intermittent ED which is treated with Viagra/Cialis as needed but I found Cialis to be ineffective while taking Merdia...I discovered this when I forgot to renew my prescription and went a week without Merdia because I was travelling for business...during this time I started having spontaneous erections and on my return I made love with my partner without any issues. As soon as I went back on Merdia I started having ED issues again. THis is not reported anywhere and I will be talking to my doctor about it at my next appointment. It is frustrating because I have lost 20 pounds in 10 weeks with Merdia and exercise which is helping my blood pressure, my cholesterol and of course, my libido...... It's a cruel choice to have to make!!! Lose weight and feel great but struggle in the bedroom or struggle with your weight and feel great in the bedroom I suspect it is not reported because most of the patients on Meridia are probably female.

Additional Thoughts
It works great

Overall:5 out of 5
Low adverse Reactions3 out of 5
Healing Power:4 out of 5
No dependency problems:5 out of 5
Cost-Benefit:4 out of 5
Sex: F
Age: 24
Time Taken: 8 days

Reason: PCOS weight gain Date: 25 August 2008
Side Effects
I usually have side affects with almost any medication. This medication did not cause any side affects at all.

Additional Thoughts
I have been taking it for about 1 week and have noticed since the first day that it curbs my appettite. I haven't weighed in yet until the end of my second week.

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