Weight Loss Pill Meridia Replaced by Green Tea

Published:October 8th, 2010

FDA announced today, October 8 that it has requested Abbott Laboratories to withdraw its weight loss drug Meridia because of the increased risk of myocardial infarction with which sibutramine or Meridia has come to be associated.

The drug was approved in 1997, but a study published in the September 2, 2010 issue of New England Journal of Medicine showed that the risk of myocardial infarction raised to 14% in people who used the drug. Although the study also revealed that people on this drug had lost 1.7 kg of body weight during a period of 3.4 years, the benefits were outweighed by the increased risk.

FDA advised doctors to stop prescribing Meridia to their patients, and people who are already on such medication to stop taking it. More than 40 studies conducted on green tea and its effect on weight loss show that green tea can be an effective replacement of a drug such as Meridia.

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