Meridia is a prescription medication used for the medical management of obesity, including weight loss and the maintenance of weight loss.

Who Should Not Take Meridia?

Meridia should not be taken by people who:

  • have uncontrolled or poorly controlled high blood pressure
  • are taking prescription medications called monoamine oxidase inhibitors for depression, Parkinson?s disease, or any other disorder
  • are taking other weight loss medications that act on the brain, including prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, and herbal products
  • have had prior allergic reactions to Meridia or sibutramine
  • have a diagnosis of coronary artery disease
  • have heart-related chest pain
  • have irregular heart beats
  • have had a prior heart attack
  • have a diagnosis of congestive heart failure
  • have severe liver or kidney disease
  • have had a stroke or symptoms of a stroke
  • are pregnant or planning to become pregnant
  • are breast-feeding 
  • are suffering from major eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa or bulimic nervosa
  • are under 16 years of age

What Medications May Cause Problems if Taken at the Same Time I Take Meridia?

You cannot take Meridia if you are taking prescription medicines called manoamine oxidase inhibitors.  Meridia should also not be taken if you are taking other weight loss medications that act on the brain.  This includes prescription and over-the-counter medications as well as herbal products.  There is also a rare, but very serious, medical syndrome called ?serotonin syndrome? that has been reported in patients when medications like Meridia are taken along with other drugs that may alter serotonin activity.  Examples of these drugs include:

  • drugs for depression
  • drugs for migraine headache therapy
  • certain pain medications
  • the cough suppressant dextromethorphan found in many cough medicines
  • lithium
  • the amino acid trytophan

The syndrome requires immediate medical attention and can include one or more of these symptoms:

  • restlessness
  • loss of consciousness
  • confusion
  • disorientation
  • anxiety
  • agitation
  • weakness
  • tremor
  • uncoordination
  • fever
  • shivering
  • sweating
  • vomiting
  • increased heart rate

What are the Common Side Effects of Meridia?

The most common side effects of Meridia include:

  • dry mouth
  • constipation
  • insomnia
  • headache
  • increased sweating
  • increase in blood pressure
  • increase in heart rate

Can Meridia Affect My Blood Pressure or Heart Rate?

Meridia substantially increases blood pressure in some users.  In others it can result in small increases in blood pressure and small increases in heart rate.

What are the Severe Side Effects of Meridia?

Certain weight loss drugs have been associated with pulmonary hypertension, a rare but sometimes fatal disease.  If you experience any of the following symptoms, stop taking Meridia and seek medical treatment immediately:

  • shortness of breath
  • chest pain
  • fainting
  • swelling of your feet, ankles, or legs

Can Meridia Damage My Heart Valves?

Certain weight loss drugs have been associated with cardiac valve dysfunction, also know as heart valve disease. 

Should I Stop Taking Meridia?

It is very important that you call you doctor immediately if you are experiencing any symptoms that are making you concerned either for your health or about a possible side effect of the drug.  If you experience any of the following symptoms, stop taking Meridia and notify your doctor immediately:

  • trouble breathing
  • shortness of breath
  • chest pain
  • angina
  • rapid heart beats over 100 beats per minute
  • pounding or irregular heart beats
  • restlessness
  • lightheadedness
  • blackouts
  • disorientation
  • depression
  • mental confusion
  • anxiety
  • nervousness
  • tremors
  • loss of muscle coordination
  • muscle stiffness or muscle rigidity
  • high fever
  • pain in the eyes
  • dilated pupils
  • shivering
  • sweating
  • abdominal pain
  • nausea
  • vomiting

Could I Be Allergic to Meridia?

You should stop taking Meridia and consult your doctor immediately if you develop a skin rash, hives, or other allergic reactions.

Do I Need a Lawyer if I Have Been Taking Meridia?

If you believe you have been injured by Meridia side effects you should speak with a good products liability attorney who is experienced in working with victims of unsafe drugs.  Your legal rights depend upon your contacting an attorney within a timely manner after the discovery that you are suffering from Meridia side effects.  You may be able to bring suit with the aid of an attorney, or sue with a group of other victims as part of a class action lawsuit.