Is Meridia Right For You Post 2

Every pound you lose is a step in the right direction. And every step in the right direction may improve your overall health.

If you are overweight, losing 5% -10% of your initial body weight may reduce health risks.

Who should take MERIDIA?

A weight-loss program that includes a reduced-calorie diet and appropriate physical activity may be adequate in some patients. You should discuss with your doctor whether MERIDIA should be added to such a program.

MERIDIA is recommended for significantly overweight people with an initial BMI that is greater than 27 kg/m2 if they have medical risk factors, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, or high cholesterol. MERIDIA is also indicated for people with a BMI that is greater than or equal to 30 with no other disease present. Your doctor can determine your BMI and decide if you meet these criteria.

Who should NOT take MERIDIA?

MERIDIA should not be taken by people who:
HAVE UNCONTROLLED OR POORLY CONTROLLED HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, BECAUSE MERIDIA CAN SUBSTANTIALLY INCREASE BLOOD PRESSURE IN SOME PATIENTS
Have had prior allergic reactions to MERIDIA or sibutramine
Are taking prescription medicines called monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) for depression, or Parkinson’s Disease, or any other disorder

Are taking other weight-loss medications (for example: phentermine) that act on the brain. This includes prescription and over-the-counter medications and herbal products.

Are taking other medications that regulate the neurotransmitter serotonin in the brain
Are suffering from anorexia
Are under 16 years of age

IF YOU HAVE CONCERNS OR QUESTIONS ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT YOU SHOULD TAKE MERIDIA, TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR.
How can I help my doctor determine whether or not I should be taking MERIDIA?

Speaking with your doctor honestly and openly will enable him or her to make better health decisions on your behalf. If you are concerned that your weight may be damaging your health or putting you at an increased risk for developing a weight-related disease, try to express these concerns clearly.

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