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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
28 doctors shared insights

Meridia (Overview)

Meridia is an appetite suppressant which is a kind of stimulant (psychiatric drug).


Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
28 doctors shared insights

Meridia (Overview)

Meridia is an appetite suppressant which is a kind of stimulant (psychiatric drug).


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Is meridia a good drug for anxiety and weight loss I am 26 and 458 pounds and suffer from panic attacks an this is what's asking about being prescribed but is it safe

Is meridia a good drug for anxiety and weight loss I am 26 and  458 pounds and suffer from panic attacks an this is what's asking about being prescribed but is it safe

No, : No, it is not. Meridia (also known as sibutramine) is an appetite suppressant, a drug that was intended to help reduce weight in conjunction with calorie restricted diet and exercise. It was withdrawn from the market in the us and in many other countries because of the serious adverse effects on the cardiovascular system. The following quotation is from an article on sibutramine posted on the us national library of medicine website (link below): "sibutramine is no longer available in the U.S. The manufacturer has decided to stop producing sibutramine based on information from a recent clinical study. In this study, people taking sibutramine had an increased risk of cardiovascular events such as heart attack and stroke. If you are currently taking sibutramine, you should stop taking this medication and call your doctor to discuss switching to another treatment for weight loss or maintenance of weight loss.". ...Read more

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What medicines are approved for long-term treatment of obesity since meridia?

What medicines are approved for long-term treatment of obesity since meridia?

FDA approved Belviq (lorcaserin): The first new drug in years was just approved by the us fda. Belviq (lorcaserin hydrochloride) is for weight management in obese patients and in overweight who have a weight-related problem. It reportedly is seen as an aid in addition to exercise and low-calorie diet. Here is the 6-27-12 press release; we will know more later. http://www.fda.gov/newsevents/newsroom/pressannouncements/ucm309993.htm. ...Read more

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Can you mix meridia and phendimetrazine?

Can you mix meridia and phendimetrazine?

No: As this would be duplicate treatment, the two are contraindicated. ...Read more

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Why did they pull meridia? Do I need to worry?

Why did they pull meridia? Do I need to worry?

Probably no: Meridia could cause pulmonary hypertension, heart attack, heart valve damage or cardiac valve dysfunction and death. There were over 8 millions people took this drug and chance is very small, if you feel fine as before, mostly likely you are ok. Otherwise you already has symptoms. ...Read more

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Can you mix meridia and phendimetrazine?

No: As this would be duplicate treatment, the two are contraindicated. ...Read more

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What medicines are approved for long-term treatment of obesity since meridia?

FDA approved Belviq (lorcaserin): The first new drug in years was just approved by the us fda. Belviq (lorcaserin hydrochloride) is for weight management in obese patients and in overweight who have a weight-related problem. It reportedly is seen as an aid in addition to exercise and low-calorie diet. Here is the 6-27-12 press release; we will know more later. http://www.fda.gov/newsevents/newsroom/pressannouncements/ucm309993.htm. ...Read more

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Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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Sibutramine (Definition)

Sibutramine is an appetite suppressant which is a kind ...Read more