Meridia 20 mg
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Meridia is in a class of drugs known as monoamine reuptake inhibitors. It works similarly to some antidepressants by inhibiting reuptake of the neurotransmitter serotonin in the brain. Serotonin promotes a feeling of calmness and satiety. Therefore, an increase in serotonin availability and circulation should promote lasting feelings of fullness. This, in a nutshell, was the theory behind the development of Meridia.

Meridia affects chemicals in the brain that affect weight maintenance. Meridia is used together with diet and exercise to treat obesity that may be related to diabetes, high cholesterol, or high blood pressure.

Meridia 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. Meridia 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.

Take Meridia exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label. Meridia is usually taken once daily. Follow your doctor's instructions. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results. Meridia can be taken with or without food.

You should lose at least 4 pounds during the first 4 weeks of taking Meridia and eating a low calorie diet. Tell your doctor if you do not lose at least 4 pounds after taking the medication for 4 weeks. Your blood pressure and pulse will need to be checked often. Visit your doctor regularly. Meridia should not be taken for longer than 2 years.

Side effects: dry mouth, upset stomach; changes in appetite; constipation, stomach pain; headache, back pain, joint pain; feeling nervous, dizzy, or depressed; flu symptoms, runny or stuffy nose, sore throat, cough; warmth, redness, or tingly feeling under your skin; trouble sleeping (insomnia); or mild skin rash.

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