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Brand Name: Meridia

Generic Name: Sibutramine Hydrochloride

Pronunciation: Mer - ID - dee - uh


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Remember that Meridia must never be taken within 2 weeks of using an MAO inhibitorsuch as Marplan, Nardil, or Parnate. The combination could lead to serious, even fatal, overstimulation. Meridia may also interact with a wide variety of other prescription and over-the-counter drugs, especially weight-reducing agents, decongestants, antidepressants, allergy medications, and cough suppressants that contain ephedrine, phenylpropanolamine, orpseudoephedrine. Among the many drugs that pose a potential problem are the following:


Alcohol, Dihydroergotamine, Migranal Nasal Spray,

Erythromycin (Eryc, Ery-Tab, PCE)†

Fentanyl (Duragesic)

Fluoxetine (Prozac)†

Fluvoxamine (Luvox)

Ketoconazole (Nizoral)† Lithium (Lithobid, Lithonate)†

Meperidine (Demerol)†

Naratriptan (Amerge)

Paroxetine (Paxil)†

Pentazocine (Talwin NX, Talacen)

Sertraline (Zoloft)†

Stimulants such as amphetamines, Dexedrine, Desoxyn, Adderall, Didrex, and Ionamin†

Sumatriptan (Imitrex)† Tryptophan (L-Tryptophan, Trofan)†

Venlafaxine (Effexor)† Zolmitriptan (Zomig)†



If you have any doubt about the safety of a combination, be sure to check with your doctor.

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