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Meridia diet perscribed meds.

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well currenly i am trying to drop 37 pounds by summertime.
I am short.
Like 5''1
and I weighed 147
I now weigh 140
and have been on Meridia for 3 days fully.
I've had no side affects thus far.
& it seems to be working pretty well due to already losing 7 pounds.
This is also without doing any physical activity thus far although I do plan too. Hopefully will lose more when start to work out and run and whatnot.

Edited Jul 31 2012 23:20 by coach_k
Reason: Locked as medication is off the market
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Hi and welcome :)  Sounds like a gr8 goal that will put you into your normal range and a healthy bmi!  Glad you are working with your doctor on this...  Cheers, united :)
I would just watch out for meridia because a good friend of mine has an underactive (or whichever slows your metabolism) and had asked a Dr. to take it.  True... it DID work for her too... but it also really f'ed her up emotionally and it made her really nervous and depressed.  Another acquaintance of mine had taken it and got the same exact results... but had the same exact side effect too.  So, I'm sure it won't be that way for everyone... but just BE CAREFUL! :)
Sibutramine, aka Meridia,  has been approved as a prescription drug in the US for weight loss and is sold under the name Meridia.  It is to be used along with a healthy diet to help people lose weight.  Here's a link about the medication and it's possible side effects, including interactions with other drugs, which can be very serious. e.htm

from the article:

GENERIC NAME: sibutramine BRAND NAME: Meridia DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Sibutramine is a medication that assists with weight-loss by altering neurotransmitters within the brain. Neurotransmitters are chemicals that are produced and released by nerves in order to communicate with other nerves. Released neurotransmitters may attach to other nerves or they may be taken up again by the nerves that release them, a process termed reuptake. Sibutramine blocks the reuptake of the neurotransmitters dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin. Blocking the reuptake of neurotransmitters alters the balance of neurotransmitters within the nerve cells and thereby affect nerve function and interaction. Patients taking sibutramine may achieve a 5-10% reduction from their baseline weight. Additionally, sibutramine-assisted weight loss has been accompanied by improvement in blood lipids (e.g, cholesterol). Sibutramine was approved by the FDA in 1997. GENERIC AVAILABLE: No PRESCRIPTION: Yes

for an extensive discussion here about the merits of taking Meridia (Sibutramine) .html

Excerpt:  I found a book I adore that presents information in a very easy to read and understandable manner from people I trust.  It is called "Mayo Clinic, Healthy Weight for EveryBody" (published 2005).  What it says about Meridia ~ paraphrased by me :)

  • a prescription drug in the USA, Sibutramine (meridia) doesn't seem to decrease your appetite but instead, changes your brain chemistry through the chemicals serotonin and norepinephrine to make you feel full more quickly.
  • you generally take Mericia 1x/day, 10 mg or less (adjusted by doctor)
  • Common side effects include: headache, dry mouth, constipation and insomnia
  • several 1 year studies show that people who follow a reduced-calorie diet and take Meridia generally lose 5% to 8% of their body weight over a 6 month period compared to people who only diet and took a placebo.
  • 2 yr study (large) suggests that Meridia may help to maintain weight loss.  Best results are achieved when the drug is combined with diet and lifestyle education and support.
  • Meridia has risks which include:
    • "it can cause a small increase in blood pressure that, for some people, may warrant discontinuing the drug.
    • it is NOT recommended by people with uncontrolled high blood pressure, heart disease, irregular heart-beat or a history of stroke.
    • If you do take the drug, you should carefully monitor your blood pressure.
    • Avoid Meridia if you're pregnant or breast feeding.
    • you probably should NOT take Meridia if you take medications such as some antidepressants that affect serotonin in the brain.
Like all prescription drugs, the decision to take should be made with your doctor.

*yay* for medications which can help so many :)
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Meridia will have a black box warning now. Has had some death due to sudden cardiac arrest. So be really, really careful. The FDA may take it off the market.
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I just did more research. The FDA took Meridia OFF THE MARKET IN 2010 due to far too many cardiac events. Where ate you getting Meridia?

Original Post by drieuxby:

I just did more research. The FDA took Meridia OFF THE MARKET IN 2010 due to far too many cardiac events. Where ate you getting Meridia?


The original question is from 2007.

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