Weight Loss Guide

Sibutramine or Meridia for Weight Loss

Sibutramine is another weight loss medicine which is popular throughout the United States. However, it is meant only for those who are over-weight. People trying to stay in shape are not supposed to take it. In U.S. it is marketed under the brand name of Meridia.

It is assumed that the drug works by increasing the activity of some chemicals inside our brain. They are serotonin and norepinephrine. By increasing the release of these chemicals, the drug not just helps in fighting obesity but also helps in keeping the fat away. However, to control its abuse, the drug has been made a prescription-only drug. One can not have it without a prescription from the doctor.

Before you begin with a medical course of this drug, care should be taken about the following types of risks:

Allergies
Inform your doctor about all types of allergies that you are suffering from. Also tell him/her about any type of allergic response that your body gave on previous occasions of taking this medicine.

Meant for Adults Only
Sibutramine is meant for adults only. Children should not be administered this drug. The natural way (through diet and exercise) should be the best way for them to lose weight. Further, while there are no documented reports about the effect of the medicine on the elderly, it is safe to assume that the side-effects would be the same as that of those recurring in the adult takers.

Interaction of the drug with other medicines
The drug has a tendency to interfere with the medicines such as amphetamine, Dextroamphetamine, Dexfenfluramine, Clorgyline, Diethylpropion, Fenfluramine, Iproniazid, Isocarboxazid, Linezolid, Nialamide, Moclobemide, Mazindol, Pargyline, Phenelzine, Phendimetrazine, Phentermine, Phenmetrazine, Phenylpropanolamine, Procarbazine, Selegiline, Tranylcypromine, and Toloxatone. If you take any of them, consult your doctor before beginning with the medicine.

Effect of Medical Problems
It is better to tell your doctor if you have any of the following medical complications:
* Anorexia
* Brain disease or mental retardation
* Gallstones
* Glaucoma
* Heart disease
* High blood pressure
* Kidney disease
* Liver disease
* Seizures
* Stroke

The drug may also have some side-effects. The less common ones are as follows:

* Body ache
* Chills
* Depression
* Increased blood pressure
* Irregular or fast heartbeat
* Painful menstruation
* Swelling of body or of feet and ankles

The common side-effects of the drug are as follows:
* Anxiety
* Dryness of mouth
* Constipation
* Dizziness
* Irritability or unusual impatience
* Headache
* Nervousness
* Trouble in sleeping
* Stuffy or runny nose

On some rare occasions, the following symptoms may occur:
* Bruising, red spots or patches on skin
* Convulsions or seizures
* Excessive bleeding after an injury
* Quick change in moods
* Sometimes severe headache
* Skin rash
* Unusual weight gain

If any of the side-effects emerges, then it is better that a doctor is immediately consulted.

Pregnancy
There are no reports suggesting any harmful effects of the drug on a pregnant woman. Still, it is advised to use only as a prescription medicine.
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