Meridia Information and Warnings

Meridia is a weight-loss pill manufactured by Abbott Laboratories and sold to millions around the world. The drug is a norepinephrine and serotonin reuptake inhibitor that sometimes causes a substantial increase in blood pressure, leading to various cardiovascular problems, including death.

According to the FDA (Federal Drug Administration), between November 1997 and August 2003, the drug agency received reports of 54 deaths of patients in the US taking Meridia, 30 of those deaths were from cardiovascular problems. There were also 224 serious nonfatal adverse events from cardiovascular problems during that time, including:

  • Viral cardiomyopathy
  • Myocardial infarctions (heart attacks)
  • Artrial fibrillation
  • Hypotenstion
  • Cardiac valve disease
FDA To Decide Fate Of Meridia In September 2010

Now, the FDA will decide once and for all whether or not to keep Meridia on the market. Responding to a new and damaging study on Meridia side effects and risks, an FDA panel will meet on September 15, 2010 to review those results.

The study, conducted by the London School of Hygiene & Topical Medicine, analyzed 10,744 overweight or obese people with heart issues or type 2 diabetes who took Meridia. It concluded that a staggering 4.1% (or 440) of those suffered a heart attack and 2.6% (or 279) suffered a stroke.

Published in the September 2nd issue of the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), editors of the medical journal are calling for the FDA to remove Meridia from the market. However, they're not the only ones.

In addition to the NEJM, the consumer protection group, Public Citizen, asked the FDA to ban the drug because of this risk, but the FDA refused. See Drug Warnings: Meridia Side Effects and Risks for more information on that controversy.

The FDA has also received 34 reports of women who were exposed to Meridia during their pregnancies, of those 34 exposures five resulted in birth defects. The FDA does not recommend the use of Meridia during pregnancy.

If you are using Meridia you may want to talk to your health care provider about the danger of cardiovascular problems. If you continue to take Meridia you should make sure that your health care provider monitors your blood pressure levels carefully. If you or a loved one has been injured because of Meridia use, you may be able to claim damages for your injury. To start this process, consult a qualified Meridia attorney who can explain your rights and the value of your case. See Meridia Attorney and Lawyer – How to Hire for information on finding an attorney knowledgeable in Meridia drug litigation.

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