Meridia Dangers

In October 2010, Meridia was withdrawn from the market in the United States. Studies have shown that it increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes. This medication will no longer be available in the United States. People should stop taking it and should ask their healthcare providers about more appropriate weight loss options. 
Although most people tolerate Meridia® (sibutramine hydrochloride monohydrate) well, it is not free of dangerous risks. Because this medication is not suitable for everyone, make sure you talk to your healthcare provider about possible dangers with Meridia that may apply to you.
For instance, make sure your healthcare provider is aware of any other medical conditions you may have and any other medications you are taking (including non-prescription medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements) before starting treatment with Meridia. Dangers of this medication include potential side effects.
Some of the most common Meridia side effects include:
Although side effects of Meridia tend to be minor, there are some serious side effects of the medication that require immediate medical attention. Contact your healthcare provider right away if you experience problems such as fever, seizures, or difficulty breathing.
Other Meridia warnings apply to women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as people who have certain allergies. Also, you may not be able to take Meridia if you have certain medical conditions, such as glaucoma, epilepsy, or heart problems.
(Click Meridia Side Effects and Meridia Warnings and Precautions for more information on potential dangers to be aware of before starting Meridia. These articles also explain what to tell your healthcare provider before using Meridia and who may not be able to safely use the medication.)
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