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Please note that Meridia has been pulled in most countries to unacceptable side effects
Meridia (Sibutramine) was approved by the FDA in 1997 for use in conjunction with a calorie reduced diet to assist people in long term weight loss. It is approved for people who are significantly overweight.
How Meridia Works
Meridia is believed to be effective due to it's action on certain chemicals in the brain. The chemicals involved are norepinephrine, serotonin and dopamine. Meridia produces it's therapeutic effects by norephinephrine, serotonin and dopamine reuptake inhibition. The changes in brain chemistry cause a person to feel full more quickly.
Like other prescription weight loss medications, Meridia will only have maximum effects on weight loss when used in conjunction with a low fat diet and regular exercise. A one year study of Meridia showed that people taking Meridia lost between 7-10 pounds more than study participants taking a placebo. Participants taking Meridia followed a low fat diet and a regular exercise program while taking Meridia.
Side effects of taking Meridia can include an increase in blood pressure, headaches, constipation, dry mouth and insomnia. Other potentially serious side effects do exist in rare cases and regular visits to a doctor are recommended for all patients taking Meridia.
Meridia has been studied in over 12,000 patients in over 100 clinical trials. Studies have shown that Meridia, when used in conjunction with a low fat diet and regular physical activity can significant impact weight loss in obese individuals.
Meridia is produced by Abbott Laboratories and is available in capsule form in three strengths; 5 mg, 10 mg, and 15 mg.
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