Meridia is a prescription appetite suppressant.
Meridia is a serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SRI). It's similar to anti-depressant drugs like Prozac. It causes your brain to have more serotonin in it. This excess of serotonin acts as an appetite suppressant. Your feeling of satisfied by full lasts longer. So, you eat less.
It is usually only prescribed to people who have a serious weight problem. When combined with diet and lifestyle changes, Meridia has been shown to reduce body weight by 5-10%. Meridia makes it easier to make diet and lifestyle changes.
The most common dosage is 10mg per day.
Meridia (sibutramine hydrochloric monohydrate) is made by Knoll Pharmaceutical Co.
Meridia was approved by the FDA a few months after Fen-Phen was taken off the market.
Meridia can cause increased blood pressure, heart rate, and abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias). The most commonly reported side effects include dry mouth, headache, constipation, and insomnia, "but people seem to find these effects pretty tolerable".
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