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Meridia Side Effects
Dry mouth, drowsiness, constipation, difficulty sleeping, or headache may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor promptly. Report promptly: dizziness, back pain, arthritis, increased appetite, stomach pain; mood/mental changes; persistent sore throat, sinus congestion. Unlikely but report promptly: chest pain; pounding or unusually fast heart beats; flushing or fever; increased thirst; arm or leg swelling; muscle pain or weakness; leg cramps, numbness, sweating, painful menstruation. Very unlikely but report promptly: seizures, bruising; change in frequency/amount/color of urine; painful urination; yellowing skin or eyes. In the unlikely event you have an allergic reaction to this drug, seek medical attention immediately. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
How To Use Meridia
MERIDIA: Take by mouth exactly as directed by your doctor, usually once daily. The full effect on weight may require four to six weeks. Do not increase your dose, take it more frequently or use it for a longer period of time than prescribed because MERIDIA can be habit-forming. Also, if used for a longer period of time, do not suddenly stop using MERIDIA without your doctor's approval. Over time, MERIDIA may not work as well as it did at the beginning. Consult your doctor if weight increases.
MERIDIA is used to reduce excess body weight (obesity).
Before using MERIDIA, tell your doctor your entire medical history, including: any allergies (especially drug allergies); liver or kidney disease; high blood pressure, heart disease; history of stroke or seizures; certain eating disorders (e.g., anorexia nervosa), glaucoma (narrow angle), history of gallstones. Limit alcohol intake, as it may worsen certain side effects of MERIDIA. Since MERIDIA may cause dizziness or fatigue, use extreme caution if operating machinery or performing hazardous tasks (e.g., driving). It is recommended that women of child-bearing age should use effective birth control while taking MERIDIA. This drug is not recommended for use during pregnancy. Consult your doctor before using MERIDIA. It is not known whether MERIDIA is excreted into breast milk. Because of the potential risk to the infant, breast-feeding while using MERIDIA is not recommended. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding. Elderly patients may be more sensitive to the effects of this drug. Use cautiously.
Meridia Drug Interactions
Tell your doctor of all nonprescription and prescription drugs you may use, especially: other weight reducing agents (e.g., diethylpropion), drugs that can raise blood pressure such as decongestants (e.g., pseudoephedrine, phenylpropanolamine), cough suppressants (e.g., dextromethorphan), antidepressants (e.g., nefazodone, fluoxetine, paroxetine, sertraline, fluvoxamine, venlafaxine), lithium, psychiatric medications (e.g., MAO inhibitors such as selegiline, moclobemide, furazolidone, phenelzine, tranylcypromine, procarbazine, linezolid), drugs for migraines (e.g., dihydroergotamine, sumatriptan), tryptophan, certain narcotic pain relievers (e.g., meperidine, pentazocine, fentanyl), ketoconazole, erythromycin, high blood pressure medicine. Tell your doctor if you take drugs that cause drowsiness: medicine for sleep; sedatives, tranquilizers; anti-anxiety drugs (e.g., diazepam); narcotic pain relievers (e.g., codeine); psychiatric medicines (e.g., phenothiazines or tricyclics); anti- seizure drugs (e.g., carbamazepine); muscle relaxants; antihistamines that cause drowsiness (e.g., diphenhydramine). Antihistamines and decongestants may be found in many nonprescription drugs for cough and cold. Consult your pharmacist. MAO inhibitors (see above) and MERIDIA should not be taken together. If an MAO inhibitor or MERIDIA is stopped, wait 2 weeks before starting the other drug. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.
If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.
Do not share MERIDIA with others. MERIDIA should be used in addition to a reduced calorie diet. Blood pressure and pulse may be measured and laboratory tests performed to monitor side effects.
Missed Meridia Dose
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.
Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C) away from light and moisture.