General Diet Plans and Questions - Family Doctor's help (Meridia)

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02-15-2008, 02:13 PM
Hello Everybody,
Since (again) I gained couple pounds I decided to ask my family doctor what to do. I am frustrated, discouraged and ... desperate. She went through my journal, weighed me, measured me, spoke to me about my food choices, etc. I must say I was very surprised by how thorough she was. And then she put me on Meridia. I am supposed to keep up the journaling and eating according to my plan (plan 2) and my exercising (swimming and elliptical), and we will see how that goes. I started yesterday. My 1st check-in is in 2 weeks to make sure my blood pressure doesn't raise (which supposedly is common while on Meridia) and if there is any progress.

Does any of you ever took Meridia? Any comments? I will appreciate anything.

Now I am going to go and update my stats :(

Repo girl
02-15-2008, 02:26 PM
Hmmm, I have not tried Meridia. Keep us posted on your progress. I would be interested to know.

02-20-2008, 06:49 PM
I'm curious about how this is going? I'm hugely skeptical and wary of weight loss drugs- but I haven't read up on this one.

How is it going apple?

02-21-2008, 12:08 AM
So far so good, knock on the wood. The only side effect I have is dryness in the mouth but drinking water helps. I follow the plan but I do not eat full portions. I get full very fast. 1/2 cereal + 3/4 c yogurt, 1/2 banana, 1/2 apple, etc. Few bites of food gives me the feeling of fullness. Which is what I needed I guess. My first week on Meridia is tomorrow. I should weigh in I suppose. I will.
I am seeing my family doctor next week, to check my blood pressure and the weight loss progress.
I guess I am glad I do not experience any side effects that would prevent me from taking it.
I'll keep you posted.
And I just want to mention: it's not a "magic pill" - it's a help added to staying on plan and exercising. Nothing's easy I guess ;)

02-21-2008, 12:36 AM
Very interesting-keep us posted!

03-12-2008, 02:52 PM
Apple - how is the Meridia working for you? I've been wondering about it. Has it helped curb your appetite? Any side effects? Just wondering. Thanks.

03-12-2008, 03:01 PM
The end of 1st month is approaching (this Friday) and I have lost almost 5lb, so nothing really BIG, yet - have I lost 5lb every single month - I'd be at my goal weight a long time ago! So, I am going to say: I like :)

Side effects are minor, really. Mouth dryness, occasional headaches, but no spikes in blood pressure or anything else.

I does effect appetite. You do feel fuller faster and don't feel that urge to eat mindlessly in the evening, as you feel full, rather than "almost full - I'll have a bite anyways."

I'll see how it goes. Although I must admit I am very tempted to stop taking it and see if I got used to eating less or not......... It is $140 for a month supply, my insurance does not cover it :(

03-12-2008, 04:52 PM
Interesting - since I do have so much to lose I have contemplated asking my doctor for some help.

My biggest worry is that I have issues w/ insomnia. Have you had any problems w/ sleeping or anything?

03-12-2008, 11:32 PM
no, not at all. But just FYI: I am a person who can fall asleep at any given time of a day and sleep like a baby for 2-3 hours, even after I just slept all night. I sleep on the bus on my way to the subway, then I sleep on the subway, only the pool water wakes me up ;)

Jokes aside - I am a sleepy head, so even if Meridia did interfere with my sleep pattern I'd be ... "normal" worst case scenario.