Common Uses Meridia is an appetite suppressant, which is used in the short-term treatment of obesity with physically workouts and well balanced diet. It is useful only during the first few weeks of a weight-loss program, because its appetite-reducing effect tends to decrease after a few weeks. Meridia can help you to lose weight while you are learning new ways to eat and to exercise.
How to Take Meridia comes as a regular and extended-release (long-acting) tablet. You must follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor to explain any part you do not understand. Meridia usually is taken three times a day, 1 hour before meals (regular tablets), or once a day in midmorning (extended-release tablets). Do not crush, chew, or cut extended-release tablets; swallow them whole. Meridia may be habit-forming. Call your doctor if Meridia loses its effect.
Warning and Precautions You cannot take Meridia if you have: heart disease or high blood pressure; arteriosclerosis; glaucoma; taken a monoamine oxidase inhibitor such as isocarboxazid (Marplan), tranylcypromine (Parnate), or phenelzine (Nardil) in the last 14 days; or have a history of drug or alcohol abuse. Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you have: problems with your thyroid; an anxiety disorder; epilepsy or another seizure disorder; or diabetes. You may not be able to take Meridia, or you may require a lower dose or special monitoring during treatment if you have any of the conditions listed above. Do not take Meridia without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant. Meridia passes into breast milk and may affect a nursing baby. Do not take Meridia without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Missed Dose Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take the medicine at the next regularly scheduled time. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
Overdose Seek a medical help if you think you take too much of Meridia.
Storage Store this medicine at room temperature in a tightly closed container, away from heat, light and children.
Possible Side Effects If you experience any of these side effects, seek emergency medical attention. An allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, tongue, or face; or hives); an irregular heartbeat or very high blood pressure (severe headache, blurred vision); or hallucinations, abnormal behavior, or confusion.
More Information The information given above is a summary. Your pharmacist can provide more information about Meridia. Do not share this medicine with others for whom it was not prescribed. Do not use this medicine for other health conditions. If using this medicine for an extended period of time, obtain refills before your supply runs out.