Meridia Diet Drug


Update: Meridia Banned from U.S. Market

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requested that Abbott Laboratories remove the diet pill Meridia from the market. The company issued a voluntary recall October 8, 2010 after study results showed a connection between the diet pill and some severe cardiac side effects and death.

If you or a loved one has suffered a heart attack, stroke or other cardiac problem while taking Meridia, you may qualify to file a lawsuit seeking compensation for your suffering. Find out more information by contacting a Meridia diet drug lawyer today.  

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Meridia Diet Drug Side Effects Information

The Meridia diet drug was first approved in 1997, one year after the FDA advisory committee voted 5-4 that the benefits of Meridia did not outweigh the risks. Meridia had received a review from an FDA medical officer concluding that a non-approval was recommended due to the significant increase in blood pressure and heart rate in many people.

Meridia Diet Drug Adverse Effects

Meridia weight loss pills have been associated to potentially fatal and serious conditions. Abbott Laboratories’ patient information warns Meridia patients of primary pulmonary hypertension (PPH), which has no known cause but is a rare and sometimes fatal disease.

Typically, the most common Meridia weight loss pill adverse effects include:

  • headache
  • dry mouth
  • anorexia
  • constipation
  • insomnia.

More side effects include:

  • Stroke
  • Seizures
  • Increase in blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Increase in heart rate
  • Mental impairments
  • Increased sweating

Meridia Diet Drug FAQ's

1. What is Meridia?
Meridia (sibutramine) is an oral prescription medication that is used to manage obesity through weight loss and the maintenance of weight loss. Meridia is the first orally administered serotonin and noradrenaline reuptake inhibitor (SNRI) that has been used for the management of obesity.

2. How does Meridia work?
Sibutramine is supposed to aid weight loss by affecting appetite control centers in the brain to reduce food intake by increasing satiety.

3. What are Meridia side effects?
Meridia is under FDA review in response to the petition filed by consumer advocacy group Public Citizen to immediately ban the sales of sibutramine. This action was prompted by the 29 deaths and hundreds of serious Meridia side effects that have been reported. The side effects that Meridia weight loss pills have been associated to are serious and deadly. In Meridia’s patient information it warns patients about pulmonary hypertension (PPH), which is a rare and sometimes fatal disease. PPH causes high blood pressure in the lungs that leads to a feeling of constant breathlessness with minimal exertion, fatigue, dizzy spells, fainting, and chest pain, and there is no known cause of PPH.

Cardiac valve dysfunction, or heart valve disease may also be a Meridia side effect risk. Heart valve disease causes the valves in the heart to allow blood flow backwards through them. The most common Meridia side effects include, headache, dry mouth, anorexia, constipation, insomnia, increase in blood pressure, increase in heart rate, mental impairments, heart disease, stroke, seizures, and increased sweating.

4. Why has a petition been filed to the FDA to ban Meridia?
Consumer advocacy group Public Citizen submitted a petition to the FDA on March 19, 2002. The request comes after the 29 deaths and hundreds of serious Meridia side effects that have been reported which have led Public Citizen to find the risks of Meridia to outweigh the benefits. The FDA first approved Meridia despite their advisory board voting against it. Public Citizen also thinks that the FDA must raise the standard for approval of diet drugs and require drug makers to show an actual health benefit instead of relying on short-term studies.

5. Who is the Public Citizen?
Public Citizen is a national, nonprofit consumer advocacy organization founded by Ralph Nader in 1971 to represent consumer interests in Congress, the executive branch and the courts. So far, Public Citizen has petitioned for the removal of four other FDA approved drugs since 1996 and three of the drugs ended up being banned and one severely restricted. Public Citizen finds the Meridia side effects to be just as dangerous to individuals.

6. What is the FDA’s response to Public Citizen’s petition?
The FDA will now be considering Public Citizen’s petition and determine if the Meridia side effects are acceptable or if the safety issues outweigh the benefits. There is a Europe wide investigation on the safety of diet drug Meridia, and most recently and investigation in Canada has also been launched.

7. Do I have any rights if I have been injured taking Meridia?
Anyone who has taken Meridia and has suffered the adverse health effects associated to the weight loss pill please contact us.

8. What potential claims may I file?
Most cases involving a prescription drug, such as Meridia, that have dangerous side effects undisclosed will claim for negligence. Other claims may include strict liability for a defective product or for failure to warn, a breach of express warranty, or a breach of implied warranty and unjust enrichment.

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After reviewing data from a study that looked at the long-term safety of diet drug Meridia, the FDA decided the benefits do not outweigh the risks. The study found a 16 percent increased risk of heart side effects associated with the diet drug and requested Abbott Laboratories pull it off the market. Abbott issued a voluntary Meridia recall on October 8, 2010.

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