is an FDA-approved oral
prescription medication that is used for the medical management
of obesity, including weight loss and the maintenance of weight
MERIDIA works by affecting appetite
control centers in the brain. In medical studies with significantly
overweight people [BMI 27 with comorbidities, BMI 30 with
no other disease present], MERIDIA, along with a reduced-calorie
diet, produced significant reductions in body weight. MERIDIA
should be used as part of a comprehensive weight-loss program
that is supervised by your doctor and includes a reduced-calorie
diet and appropriate physical activity.
Weight-loss of at least 4 pounds during
your first month of treatment is a good predictor of success
with MERIDIA. Greater weight-loss has been observed in higher
doses. If you do not lose this amount in the first month of
therapy, you and your doctor should re-evaluate your use of
MERIDIA and perhaps consider a higher dose.
Most of the weight you will lose will be
lost gradually during the first 6 months of therapy. Studies
that lasted 1 year have shown that many people who lost weight
and remained on MERIDIA therapy maintained their weight loss.