Side Effects of Meridia®

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Despite the FDA’s approval, there have been hundreds of serious Meridia® side effects reported to the FDA, including 29 deaths

What’s the problem?

Since being introduced to the U.S. Market in 1998 by Abbott Laboratories, Meridia has seen its popularity skyrocket. Within a year, Meridia’s manufacturers, Abbott Laboratories, saw its new diet drug prescribed nearly two million times. Global sales of the Meridia diet drug approached $200 million last year. Based on sales figures, it would appear that Meridia is a successful diet drug. However, recent events have cast substantial shadows on both the effectiveness of Meridia, and more significantly, on the safety of Meridia.

Meridia Side Effects

Recent reports of Meridia side effects have begun to surface. These side effects were seen as especially dangerous for those who were using Meridia because of their obesity, and these Meridia side effects included:

  • Primary Pulmonary Hypertension (PPH)
  • Heart attacks
  • Heart valve damage
  • Cardiac valve dysfunction
  • Death

Overall, there were reports of approximately 30 deaths by those who had used Meridia in the United States and hundreds of reported cases involving any of the other Meridia side effects listed above.

How to use Meridia

Do not use Meridia if you have taken an MAO inhibitor such as furazolidone (Furoxone), isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam), or tranylcypromine (Parnate) in the last 14 days. Serious, life-threatening side effects can occur if you use sibutramine before the MAO inhibitor has cleared from your body. Before taking Meridia, tell your doctor if you have glaucoma, high blood pressure, liver or kidney disease, depression, underactive thyroid, seizures, a bleeding disorder, or a history of gallstones.

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