Meridia is a trading name of the active ingredient Sibutramine. This ingredient has received a wide popularity on the pharmaceutical market due to its ability to inhibit appetite.
Meridia is used as an additional product to diet and physical exercises, to treat obesity. The medicine is used only during severe forms of obesity when the body mass index is more than 30.
Main therapeutic characteristics of Meridia:
- A reduction of appetite
- An increase of satiation during eating
- Increased thermogenesis, so that calories are quickly consumed
- Fast metabolic processes causing an active energy consumption, and fatty tissue
A mechanism of the action consists in blocking receptors that are responsible for hunger. A human begins to consume less calories within a day, the body has its deficit, and fat is actively reduced by means of the increased physical activity and fast metabolic process.
Besides the reduction of the excessive weight, a level of cholesterol, LDL and uric acid are reduced during the use of Meridia. The increase of HDL lowers a risk of the vascular diseases in patients with obesity.
According to the results of the medical studies, it is possible to get rid of 7-12% of the excessive fatty tissue within one therapeutic course.
In what dose is Meridia used?
Meridia is used within short periods, 4-6 months. This is the safest period of the treatment when the load on the central nervous system is not increased, and a risk of the severe side effects is minimal.
It is required to take a tablet of Meridia 15 mg once per day for a quality control of appetite. The tablets are used in the morning, before breakfast, with a glass of water. The medicine will maintain a low appetite within entire day and increase a satiation during the food consumption.
In 6 months, it is necessary to take a break for 3 months. A low therapeutic effect of Meridia will be kept within this period but the load from the central nervous system will completely disappear. If necessary, a course of the treatment may be repeated in 3-4 months.
- If you have severe chronic diseases of the cardiovascular system, the use of Meridia is contraindicated
- The use of Meridia is contraindicated during pregnancy, lactation or patients under 18 years old
- If you have problems with eating caused by acute mental disorders, the use of Meridia is not recommended. This includes nervous anorexia or bulimia
- Do not take MAO inhibitors, antidepressants, psychotropic ingredients, tranquilizers, alcohol, opioid analgesics and any other drugs affecting the central nervous system while taking Meridia
- Do not stick to a strict diet during the use of Meridia and put the gastro-intestinal tract at risk. Eat healthy and in time.
The most common side effects of Meridia are headache, anorexia, insomnia, dry mouth, bloating, tremor of extremities, light anxiety or nervousness, high blood pressure, and tachycardia.
The side effects may appear in the first 2-3 weeks of the treatment. This is a natural body reaction to the action of Sibutramine. If the side effects do not pass, a daily dose of Meridia may be reduced up to 10 mg.