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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Meridia
Meridia Side Effects [posted
Answer: Not with most of my patients.
Meridia [posted 8/11/98]
Answer: Meridia has only been released and I only know of it from the literature. There does not appear to be a contraindication.
Meridia [posted 8/4/98]
Answer: It is supposed to be available in March or April of this year. Early data seems good, but so did phen-fen. It supposedly has been followed for the cardiac problems of phen-fen, but the risk of that was pretty remote. Hopefully, wider use will not uncover the same type of problems. I must say that good monitoring and echocardiograms seem appropriate when it is available.
Meridia [posted 7/27/98]
Answer: This drug is due in March or April. The initial information is basically what you have heard, but supposedly does not have cardiac involvement. There is an additional drug coming in June or so which works differently and blocks fat absorption in the small intestine by affecting the pancreatic enzyme responsible for fat digestion. Other than that, I don't have much information.
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