Meridia is an appetite suppressant that's usually prescribed for short-term use of 8-12 weeks, along with a sensible low calorie diet and exercise program. Meridia helps the seriously overweight shed pounds and keep them off.
Meridia works by boosting levels of certain chemical messengers in the nervous system, including serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine.
The appetite control center in the brain regulates the amount of food eaten through feelings of hunger and fullness. Unlike many other appetite suppressant drugs, Meridia is not a releasing agent. It does not get inside the cells to boost the release of neurotransmitters, such as serotonin. Instead, as an uptake inhibitor, Meridia works outside the cells to stop these neurotransmitters from being reabsorbed and thereby, allowing appetite control to last longer.
Follow your doctor´s instructions on how and when to take Meridia. Your doctor will recommend that you take one (1) Meridia capsule a day. You can take Meridia on an empty stomach or after a meal.
If you miss a dose of Meridia , take it as soon as possible. But do not take 2 doses at once.
- Meridia must be should be kept out of children's reach
- It should stored at room temperature below 77 degrees F (25 degrees C) in a tightly-closed container, away from heat and light.
- Do NOT store Meridia in the bathroom, near the kitchen sink, or in other damp places. Heat or moisture may cause the medicine to break down.
- Do NOT keep outdated medicine past the expiration date.
Duration of usage:
Meridia is meant for short-term use. Continuous use will lead your body to build up a resistance to the effects of this medication after a few weeks of treatment. It is always advised to take help from the pill but not to get addicted to it.Your doctor will determine how long you should take Meridia. Follow your doctor´s advice.The safety and effectiveness of Meridia have not been determined beyond two (2) years at this time.
Usage of Meridia, may in some cases lead to:
- Blurred vision ,
- Dry mouth
- Stomach upset or constipation may occur the first few days as your body adjusts to the medication.
Other adverse events include central nervous system effects, gastrointestinal disturbances, and changes in libido.
Please use Meridia with caution as it is similar chemically to amphetamines and has the potential for psychological dependency.
- Dosage : Do not exceed the recommended dose or take this medicine for longer than prescribed without checking with your doctor. Exceeding the recommended dose or taking this medicine for longer than prescribed may cause serious Side Effects.
- Driving and Hazardous work : Meridia may dizziness or make you less alert than normal .Do not drive or do anything else that could be dangerous until you know how you react to phentermine.
- Alcohol : Alcohol may increase unwanted side effects of dizziness, therefore, it is advisable to limit alcohol use while taking Meridia (or other appetite suppressants).
- Breast Feeding - Use of Meridia (or other appetite suppressants) while breast-feeding is NOT recommended; it may pass into breast milk, causing unwanted effects in nursing babies. Please consult your doctor for advice.
- Pregnancy - Meridia has not been shown to cause birth defects in humans. Prior to taking this medication, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or attempting to become pregnant.
Do not miss any medical appointments while taking the drug and before any medical or dental treatments, emergency care, or surgery, tell the doctor or dentist that you are using Meridia. Do not share this medicine with others for whom it was not prescribed. Do not use Meridia for other health conditions. Keep Meridia out of the reach of children.
Notes: If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include restlessness, tremor, rapid breathing, confusion, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach cramps.
When you are taking Meridia (or other appetite suppressants), it is especially important that you inform your doctor if you are taking any of the following:
- Alcohol (excessive amounts)
- Dextromethorphan (found in many over-the-counter cough preparations)
- Dihydroergotamine (D.H.E. Injection, Migranal Nasal Spray) Erythromycin (Eryc, Ery-Tab, PCE)
- Fentanyl (Duragesic) Fluoxetine (Prozac) Fluvoxamine (Luvox)
- Ketoconazole (Nizoral) Lithium (Lithobid, Lithonate)
- Meperidine (Demerol)
- Naratriptan (Amerge)
- Paroxetine (Paxil) Pentazocine (Talwin NX, Talacen)
- Sertraline (Zoloft)
- Stimulants such as amphetamines, Dexedrine, Desoxyn, Adderall, Didrex, and Ionamin
- Sumatriptan (Imitrex) Tryptophan (L-Tryptophan, Trofan)
- Venlafaxine (Effexor) Zolmitriptan (Zomig)
Inform your Doctor or Pharmacist of all prescription and over-the-counter medicine that you are taking.Do not combine Meridia with other drugs used to suppress appetite and do not use it within 2 weeks of taking a drug classified as an MAO inhibitor, including the antidepressant medications Marplan, Nardil, and Parnate.
Take Meridia ONLY as directed by your doctor. If too much Meridia is taken, it may cause unwanted effects or become habit-forming. Do NOT take it for a longer time than your doctor ordered.