Meridia (generic name: sibutramine), a popular diet drug, is frequently used to treat obesity. Meridia has been shown to promote moderate weight loss in people who use it. However, Meridia has been associated with at least 29 deaths -- many cardiovascular in nature. Numerous reports of health problems among Meridia users have also been reported to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and European health organizations. As a result, in March 2002, Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group, petitioned the FDA to recall the drug.
First approved in 1997, Meridia has a history of raising safety concerns. During initial clinical trials, some questioned whether its relative efficacy was worth the potential health risks, considering that patients taking Meridia tend to lose only 10 or so more pounds than people who simply diet. Since Meridia's approval, the FDA has twice strengthened the drug's warning labels. Meridia has already been withdrawn from the market in Italy.
Possible dangerous side effects of Meridia include elevated blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, heart arrhythmia, and other cardiovascular problems. If you have been harmed by Meridia, please contact us today.