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Meridia Injuries and Lawsuits

Meridia injuries from taking the drug Meridia are very real, serious and dangerous. In a rare advisory on October 8, 2010, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommended that people stop taking Meridia. On this same date, the FDA "recommended" that Abbott Laboratories "voluntarily" withdraw Meridia from the United States market.

Meridia is the brand name for the drug sibutramine. It is often known as Reductil in other countries. Meridia was originally sold by Knoll Pharmaceuticals and then manufactured by Abbott Laboratories.

Meridia is a prescription drug that was used to treat obesity. It is an appetite suppressant. What this means is it chemically reduces a person's hunger.

Even before the FDA approved Meridia, there was evidence that Meridia was a drug with serious risks. In addition, the FDA medical officer who reviewed Meridia wrote that the drug "has an unsatisfactory risk-benefit ratio and therefore this reviewer recommends non-approval."

Side Effects of Meridia

However, Meridia was approved for use by the FDA in 1997. It was not long after the FDA approved Meridia that people began to experience Meridia injuries. From 1997 to 2002, the FDA received reports of 29 deaths that were associated with the drug.

There are several serious side effects that people have experienced from taking Meridia. Some of these are:

  • Dangerously high blood pressure (blurred vision, seizure, severe headache, buzzing in the ears, anxiety)
  • Sudden weakness or numbness that is especially on one side of the body, difficulties with speech, balance or vision
  • Pounding, fast or uneven heartbeats
  • Heavy pain or chest pain
  • Worsening or new shortness of breath
  • Pain that spreads to the shoulder or arm
  • Easy bleeding or bruising (bleeding gums, nosebleeds or any bleeding that does not stop)
  • Malaise (general ill feeling)
  • Hallucinations, overactive reflexes, loss of coordination, agitation, dilated pupils, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, tremor, nausea
  • Extremely rigid (stiff) muscles, confusion, feeling like you may pass out

Some of the Meridia injuries include heart attacks, strokes, irregular heartbeats and increased blood pressure. In fact, "Public Citizen" estimated that almost 3,000 people in the United States suffered either heart attack or stroke as a result of taking Meridia between 2003 and 2010. If you consider the large numbers of people who took the drug right after it was approved by the FDA, there may be many more people who suffered Meridia injuries like these.

If you are one of those people who has experienced Meridia injuries from taking the drug, you likely have incurred increased medical expenses as a result of your injuries. You also may be facing a dramatically shortened lifespan as a result of suffering a heart attack due to taking Meridia and/or serious disability that was brought about by a stroke caused by Meridia. It may be that you have lost a loved one from Meridia injuries.

If any of these things are true, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your Meridia injuries. The thing that you really ought to do is to contact a personal injury attorney and let him or her evaluate your case.