Meridia is a prescription-only weight loss pill designed to manage obesity, where 30+ pounds in weight loss is recommended. Meridia blocks the body’s ability to reabsorb Serotonin and Norepinephrine , which trick a person’s brain into thinking the body is not hungry. Since that time, two changes have been made to Meridia’s label, warning users of its side effects. In March 2002, a consumer advocate group, Public Citizen, petitioned the FDA to recall Meridia because at least 29 people died while taking the drug. The FDA is currently considering this petition.
Meridia and similar drugs have been linked to increased blood pressure, heart attacks, strokes, cardiac arrest, irregular heartbeats and seizures. There is also evidence of pulmonary hypertension and heart valve disease – both of which can be deadly.