Meridia (generic name – Sibutramine HCl Monohydrate) is an oral medication of SNRI class of medication that is indicated for the treatment of obesity. This medication inhibits the reuptake of serotonin and norepinephrine and increases the levels of these chemicals in the brain. Serotonin and norepinephrine are very important chemicals found in the brain: the former is responsible for our mood, sleep, and appetite and the latter is related to mood, alertness, and attention. Meridia has a sedative action that creates a feeling of calmness and fullness in person and as a result it decreases the desire to crave for food.
The use of generic Meridia
Meridia is indicated for individuals to treat obesity. The treatment with this medication must be accompanied with exercise and special diet in order to get significant results. This medication can also be used in teenagers between 16-18 years of old if it is advised by the medical provider.
The dose should be determined by the medical provider according to the condition of the patient taking into the consideration other health conditions.
Meridia should be administered exactly as it is prescribed by the medical professional. It is usually taken once daily with water. If this medication cause stomach upset, use it with meals.
Meridia is taken as a single dose, so it’s not likely that you will be able to miss your dose. In case it happens, take it as soon as remember. Avoid using two doses at once as it can lead to the overdose which will provoke unwanted side reactions.
Common side effects of Meridia medication are: sleep disorders, stomach disorders, headache, decrease or increase in appetite, increased menstrual pain, dryness in mouth, runny nose, sore throat, pain in joints or muscles, and such flu symptoms as fever, chills, and body pain.
This medication can cause allergic reaction including itching, rash, swelling, wheezing, or labored breathing. If any of the allergic reactions occur, stop taking this medicine and notify your health provider.
In case of overdose of the medication seek emergency medical help. The symptoms of overdose include high blood pressure, rapid heartbeat, headache and giddiness.
Meridia can interact with the following drugs: any other weight-loss medications, SSRI or SNRI anti-depressant medications, MAOI antidepressants, MAOI-B medications, Tricyclic antidepressant medications, and narcotic analgetics.
Meridia should be stored at a room temperature away from heat, light and moisture. It should be kept out of reach of children.
Precautions while using generic Meridia
- While using this medication the weight of the patient should be monitored at a regular basis. It’s important to follow low-calorie diet and do exercises.
- One should not alter the dose or stop using this medication without consulting with health provider first.
- One should not share Meridia medication with anybody as it can do harm to that person.