What is Meridia?
Sibutramine, better known as Meridia, is considered to be a satiety enhancer. It is a diet pill that is available by prescription only and is to be used in conjunction with a calorie-reduced diet and a proper exercise program.
How Meridia works?
Meridia helps you lose weight by sending signals to the brain. These signals make you believe that you are already full, even after eating only very little. This in turn, will have you eating less and losing weight faster. Meridia claims that not only will you lose weight while using the pill but it will also help you keep the weight off.
The drug comes in 10mg or 15mg capsules and your doctor can help decide which is best for you. There are also some claims that Meridia can boost your energy levels, helping you to burn even more calories, but these claims have not been fully substantiated.
Who can use Meridia?
It’s important to know if you are considering taking Meridia that it is only to be used by people who have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30+ or by people who have a BMI of 27, who also have other health risks present such as high blood pressure or Type 2 diabetes. Your doctor can help you determine if these other factors are present or what your BMI is if you don’t know.
You should not take Meridia if you:
- are taking MAO inhibitors
- are taking any herbal medicines such as St. John’s Wort
- are taking antidepressants, or other medications for a psychiatric sickness
- are taking any other weight loss medications, especially those that interact with the brain and its signals
- have heart disease or heart problems
- have high blood pressure
- have or have had in the past eating disorders such as anorexia or bulimia
Meridia side effects
In addition to who should not take this drug, you should also be aware of the many possible side effects that come with Meridia and these side effects often vary in severity and regularity. Some common side effects of Meridia are:
- dry mouth
- abnormal sweating
- inability to sleep
These side effects are very normal and with some over-the-counter medications, you should be able to control them quite easily. There are some more serious side effects of the drug that can occur and if you experience any of these symptoms, you should contact your doctor immediately.
These are: symptoms of serotonin syndrome, which include rapid heart rate, a feeling of restlessness; experiencing blackouts; feeling confused; anxiousness; tremors; problems with the muscles such as rigidity, or an inability to coordinate; high fever; enlarged pupils; vomiting or sweating.
Other serious side effects that you should make your doctor aware of right away are seizures and any signs of an allergic reaction such as swelling in the face, hives, or difficulty breathing.
Aside from these side effects, there are some conditions that, although rare, Meridia can still cause. If you experience any of the following, you should stop taking the drug immediately and contact your doctor. These conditions are: bleeding disorders; change in blood pressure or heart rate; depression; eye disorders; gallstones; heart problems; and kidney or liver disorders.
Do we recommend Meridia to you?
Not at all. Meridia can cause some very serious side effects, which are not good for your body and can be extremely dangerous!