Prescription Weight Loss Medicine (cont.)
Are There Other Precautions to Take When Using
Xenical or Meridia?
- Follow the directions on your prescription label
carefully. If there is any part that you do not
understand, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
- Do not take any more or less medicine than
prescribed and do not take it more often than
- If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible.
However, if it is close to when you are scheduled to
take your next dose, simply skip the missed dose and
proceed with your regular schedule. Do not take a
- These medications should be kept in their
original container, tightly sealed and away from
- They should be stored at room temperature, away
from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom
or near the kitchen sink).
- Any medication that is outdated or unused should
be thrown away.
Taking these medications too often or in too large a
quantity, or for longer than prescribed can lead to
addiction or, in worst-case situations, an overdose.
Symptoms of an overdose can include confusion,
convulsions, hallucinations and coma. If you experience
any of the following symptoms, call your doctor
- A decrease in the ability to exercise
- Chest pain
- Swelling in the feet or lower legs
- Difficulty breathing
Reviewed by the Department of Nutrition Therapy at The Cleveland Clinic.
Edited by Charlotte Grayson, MD
, WebMD, August 2004.
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Last Editorial Review: 7/14/2005