Meridia is a medicine for the obesity treatment. The drug contains an active ingredient Sibutramine, does not take part in the digestion process and does not affect metabolism in the body.
The mechanism of the action is based on a regulation of the eating behavior. This ingredient impacts the parts of the brain responsible for hunger and satiation. During the treatment a patient is hungry seldom, and a satiation occurs faster during eating.
As Meridia does not affect metabolism in the body, it is necessary to stick to a low-calorie balanced diet and increase physical activity in order to accelerate metabolism. This will accelerate a burning of fat and a patient will quickly have the result.
Meridia is effective in the treatment of the obesity type 2 and 3, when the body mass index exceeds 30. In case of these forms of obesity, a standard diet does not give the required result.
Meridia should be used at the same time every day in accordance with the instruction. It is better to take the medicine on an empty stomach, in the morning before breakfast.
- Patients with the obesity type 2 may take Meridia in the minimal daily dose 10 mg
- Patients with the obesity type 3 may need a higher dose up to 20 mg per day
But in any case, the treatment should be started from a minimal dose, and if the result is absent within 3-4 weeks, the dose may be increased by 5 mg in 2 weeks. This will help to achieve the optimal therapeutic effect and prevent the side effects.
Do not take more than 20 mg of Meridia per day because a risk of the overdose grows. The medicine is taken within 3-4 months. In case of no required effect within this period, patients may have additional therapy. But it is necessary to take a break for 2-3 months. A long-term continuous use of Meridia may have a negative effect on the patient’s health.
- It is recommended to reduce a dose of Meridia during the diseases of the cardio-vascular system, renal/hepatic failure, prostatitis, and epilepsy. In case of the severe chronic course of the above-mentioned diseases, it is recommended to completely refuse from the use of the drug
- Pregnant women do not take Meridia. The side effects may happen during the treatment, and they are especially dangerous for pregnant women
- If you have started taking Meridia, it is necessary to completely refuse from alcohol consumption and the use of ingredients/medicines that provide inhibiting or stimulating action on the central nervous system
If using Meridia in the optimal dosing seldom causes side effects, during the overdose they grow and a patient feels sick. The main overdose symptoms are severe vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, pain in liver, dysfunction of liver, and skin allergic reactions.
In case of the overdose, it is very important to do stomach lavage and go to a doctor to have expectant therapy. The treatment is stopped for unknown period after the overdose with Meridia.