Meridia – Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is meridian used to treat?
A: Meridia is a prescription medicine for long-term treatment of obesity.

Q: How does Meridia work?
A: Meridia works by controlling the appetite, thus, reducing food intake and increasing satiety or feeling of fullness. Meridia does not suppress appetite.

Q: What are the side effects of Meridia?
A: The common side effects of Meridia are headache, anorexia, constipation, dry mouth, and insomnia. Meridia is also considered a controlled substance and abuse of this substance may result in dependency.

Q: Who should avoid Meridia?
A: Avoid using Meridia if you:

  • Are taking medication that belongs to monoamine oxidase inhibitors or MAOIs which are used for the treatment of depression or Parkinson’s disease
  • Have anorexia nervosa
  • Taking other weight loss medications
  • Had a history or coronary artery illnesses, arrhythmia, congestive heart failure
  • Have stroke

Q: What are the problems associated with Meridia?
A: Meridia can increase blood pressure in some patients, thus, monitoring blood pressure regularly is needed when taking Meridia. Meridia should be prescribed with care to patients with a history of hypertension, and should not be given to patients with uncontrolled or poorly controlled blood pressure.

Q: Is Meridia effective as part of weight loss program?
A: The average weight loss from using Meridia is from5% to 9% within six months, as reports stipulated. However, manufacturer pieces of advice that obesity is a chronic condition and when weight is regained fast when the medication is withdrawn, most of the patients have to use Meridia permanently, persistently or in cycles, to sustain the weight loss.

Q: What if I think I have been injured as a consequence of taking Meridia?
A: If you have taken Meridia and suffered any harmful side effects, you should contact your doctors immediately. Then, you can find an experienced lawyer to explain and discuss your options and safeguard your legal rights to recover for injury sustained Meridia have caused you or your family members.

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