Meridia Review

 

 
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Editors’ Rating: 3.6/5 Average User Rating: 3.5/5 The good: The active ingredient, Sibutramine, has been studied in more than 100 total trials with 12,000 patients or more and proven to help people lose weight over a long term program of 6 months. The bad: It is only available by prescription and packs some serious side […]

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Posted June 18, 2008 by

 
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Editors’
Rating: 3.6/5
Average
User Rating: 3.5/5

The good: The active ingredient, Sibutramine, has
been studied in more than 100 total trials with 12,000 patients or more
and proven to help people lose weight over a long term program of 6
months.

The bad: It is only available by prescription and
packs some serious side effects.

The bottom line: This medication should only be used
under the careful eye of the prescribing physician. End result –
We give this product a thumb’s up as long as you use it with a doctor’s
care.

Price: In the $xxx range, varies between dispensing
pharmacies.

meridia
Meridia is a weight loss aid that is only available by prescription. Meridia
offers no promises of losing 20 pounds in 30 days, there are no gimmicks that
embody the marketing campaigns. The only promise Meridia makes is they are making
no promises.  
Meridian is aimed at people who need to lose 30 pounds or more.

The product, according to Meridia, should be taken by only a select group of
people due to the risk of higher blood pressure and heart rate.
Manufactured and distributed by Abbott Laboratories,
the well-known creator of Glucerna, Omnicef, Pedialyte, and many other products
has created a prescription weight loss aid that has become quite popular.  

The Inner Workings of Meridia 

The Meridia website
claims, “MERIDIA works by acting on the appetite control center in the
brain. Studies have shown that using MERIDIA, along with a reduced-calorie diet
and exercise, helped patients lose weight and maintain weight loss for up to
two years.

The active ingredient in MERIDIA, sibutramine, works in the area of the brain
that signals the sense of fullness (satiety). Meridia does not suppress appetite,
which is your signal to start eating. Meridia blocks the re-uptake of the brain
chemicals (serotonin and norepinephrine) which help regulate the sense of fullness.
Fullness is your signal to stop eating. Having a sense of fullness, or satiety,
means you may feel satisfied with less food.”

The website goes on to clearly state that Meridia is not a fast acting
medication.
The majority of users will lose most of the weight within
6 months of taking the product. So, if you are looking for more rapid results,
Meridia may not be for you. (Key note: Most products promising super fast weight
loss are not really going to work that way!)

Meridia Side Effects

Ultimately, Meridia is a prescription medication. And, as such, the company
manufacturers offer a list of the possible side effects for the drugs. These
side effects include:

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

What do the studies on Meridia have to say?

Due to the fact that Meridia is a prescription medication, extensive studies
are completed before the drug is given to humans for consumption. The active
ingredient, Sibutramine, has been studied in more than 100 total trials with
12,000 patients or more

The research claims, “sibutramine in combination with diet and exercise
was effective in producing and maintaining significant weight loss in the majority
of obese patients compared to diet and exercise alone.” (http://www.rxabbott.com/pdf/meridia.pdf)
These research results have not been substantiated over a period longer than
2 years.  

The Final Take on Meridia

As with many prescription medications, Meridia can and will work for many
people. But, the chance of side effects that could be life threatening are certainly
of concern. This medication should only be used under the careful eye of the
prescribing physician. End result – We give this product a thumb’s up
with a doctor’s care in tow.


James

 


12 Comments


  1.  
    D

    My dr. gave me this 3 weeks ago…and i have lost weight…just what I wanted. Really curbed my appetite, and hardly no side effects. I would take this again, if needed. Five stars in my book!

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  2.  
    niecey

    I suffer from high blood pressure and cholestrol. My doctor put me on Meridia and I lost 25 pounds in 9 month with a 1500 calorie diet and walking 20 minutes a day. My blood pressure level went down after losing the weight. I hate my insurance doesn’t cover weight lose maintence, but it is worth the $125. I recommend Meridia for the ones who have the same health conditions as myself, as a weight lost system.

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  3.  
    Marjorie R. Moore

    Very informative. My doctor has approached me to consider using Meridia for weight loss and has asked that I investigate the product and then decide whether I would like to use it.
    After reviewing this website I am very concerned about the side effects that could be life threatening.
    This makes me very hesitant about using the product even with my doctors care.

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  4.  
    jackie holland

    meridia was great for me,i took it after i had my 2nd baby he was 1 year old and i still had extra weight well i lost 35 lbs on meridia and was very happy. The price was very xpensv 100.00 pr bottle i only used 1 bottle for my weight loss.

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  5.  
    Heidi

    Started Meridia after hearing about it from a friend, was a little skeptical even after seeing the results in her…cut out a few things in my diet, started the pills and really all I have been doing is walking to work and back which is only 15 minutes each way and sometimes use my WII FIT, I have lost 17lbs to date and that is in 2 weeks. Have had none of the side effects listed. TOTALLY WORTH EVERY PENNY especially when you think of what diet programs cost these days.

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  6.  

    Under my doctor’s care and Meridia, I lost 50 lbs in seven months. I have dieted and exercised for years without any resulting weight loss. So I know that Meridia was the factor that enabled me to return to a normal weight. The only side effect I experienced was occasional dry mouth. I love Meridia – I had given up hope until trying it.

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  7.  
    Becky

    I have been on Meridia for a year now and I have lost over 65 lbs. I also take blood pressure pills, and I also had- yes I said HAD sleep apnea. When I lost about 40 lbs I didn’t even need to to use my breathing machine any more. That is such a great feeling. My blood pressure pills were cut in half. I am so glad that my doc. introduced me to this wonderful little pill. I am still taking it and my goal weight is right around the corner. But my biggest fear is when I go off this pill if I can maintain my weight.

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  8.  
    rafeena

    lost 12 pounds the 1st month

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  9.  
    RUTH

    THE ONLY THING THAT HAS EVER WORKED FOR ME.. PRESCRIBED A THREE MONTH SUPPLY AND I LOST WEIGHT. I STOPPED BECAUSE I LOST MY INSURANCE HOWEVER CURVED MY CRAVINGS AND ATE LESS.

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  10.  
    liz

    got my pills today. wish me luck! I will keep you posted! 7/6/2011

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  11.  
    tracy

    I took meridia for almost 4 years. I lost over 40 lbs. Within one year. I maintained my weight for all the years after. Nothing else worked for me – nothing. I’m SO SAD they took it off the market. I’ve gained 5 lbs. back. I just had complete portion control while on it. Now I’m back to before, I could eat and eat and eat. I miss meridia and feel helpless without it. Ill add too that I am a runner, do p90x, and bike, I’m active 6 days a week but its simply the appetite suppression that meridia helped me keep my weight down. EXCELLENT product, excellent results. Only side effect I had was dizziness here and there. Blood pressure was normal all the years I was on it.

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  12.  
    balenciaga

    Hi,Im wont buy [email protected]

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