In March 2002, the Italian Health Ministry suspended the sales of Meridia. Meridia is a prescription weight-loss product manufactured by Abbott Laboratories of North Chicago, Illinois. Meridia is different than the non-prescription weight-loss products advertised on television and online. There are products like Hydroxycut found at Wal-Mart and GNC. However, Meridia is a controlled substance regulated by the Federal Controlled Substances Act.
Meridia is a medication that has the formal name of Sibutramine HCI Monhydrate. Meridia is most often prescribed to individuals to reduce calories and to help people who need to lose 30 lbs. or more.
However, Meridia use comes with serious side effects which include increased blood pressure leading to hypertension, increased heart rate and heart failure. Meridia has been associated with heart attack and stroke.
Users of Meridia have a 16% higher chance of heart attack than other individuals. In a controlled study, it was reported that more than 11% of the Meridia weight-loss prescription patients suffered heart attacks, stroke or death.
In October 2010, the FDA released a safety announcement that recommended that patients stop taking Meridia and that doctors stop prescribing the appetite suppressant because “this drug may pose unnecessary cardiovascular risks to patients.”
If you or someone you love have been injured or have died as a result of taking Meridia, find out whether you may take legal action. Robert Kreisman of Kreisman Law Offices has been handling pharmaceutical litigation and Meridia lawsuits. Kreisman Law Offices has successfully represented individuals who have suffered strokes, heart attacks and other heart problems caused by Meridia.
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