Q. What does Meridia do ?
A. Meridia is used as an oral appetite suppressant. It is used in conjunction with an overall diet plan and exercise program to reduce weight. Studies show that patients treated with this drug and diet show an increased weight loss.
Q. How does Meridia work ?
A. 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.
Q. What are the precautions before you can start taking Meridia?
A. It is advisable to consult your doctor about the potential risks involved with taking Meridia. You must 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. Do not drive or do anything else that could be dangerous, until you know how you react to Meridia. 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 take Meridia if you are pregnant.Do not take Meridia while breastfeeding. Do not share this medicine with others, for whom it was not prescribed. Do not use meridia for other health conditions.
Q. What is the recommended dosage of Meridia ?
A. 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.
Q. Does Meridia have any known side effects?
A. Common side effects include b lurred vision, dry mouth, sleeplessness, irritability, stomach upset or constipation. It may also elevate blood pressure and heart rate.
Q. How long can the medication be taken?
A. 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.
Q. Does long term use of Meridia affect health?
A. Since Meridia is prescribed for short term treatment of obesity; there are no clinical findings of the long term effects of this drug.
Q. How effective is Meridia ?
A. Meridia is an effective form of therapy for the patient who needs to lose weight to decrease diseases associated with significant obesity. The magnitude of the weight loss will depend on the degree of caloric restriction and the use of exercise.