I would like to add that I have been taking meridia for the last 6 weeks and have lost 18lbs so far. I will say that there is not a magic pill out there that will take your weight off without changing your life style. I have to write down everything that I eat and increased my exercise workout to 4 times a week. I have to go and see my family physician every 2 weeks to have my blood pressure taken and to be weighed. This was my last resort to try and lose weight due to health reasons I guess I just needed that boost to get me going.