Meridia (sibutramine) is a weight loss drug marketed by Abbott Laboratories. It acts on chemicals in the body that are associated with weight maintenance. In most people, consumption of the drug, which can be taken with or without food, results in a 4 pound weight loss over the course of 4 weeks (when joined with a low calorie diet).
The Food and Drug Administration recently announced that it will require that Meridia bottles be labeled with a warning that the drug may increase the risk of a heart attack or stroke, especially in patients with a history of heart problems. The new label will further emphasize how Meridia can cause a heart attack or stroke in people suffering from hypertension, irregular heart beats, or heart failure. If you have had a heart attack while taking Meridia, or if you have had a stroke while taking Meridia, your doctor may have made a medical mistake by prescribing you a drug that was not safe given your history.
If you take Meridia, you should see you doctor on a regular basis so that he or she can monitor your blood pressure and pulse. The drug should not be taken for longer than 2 years.