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  • sibutramine (MERIDIA)
    We list this drug as a Do Not Use drug because it causes very limited weight loss and also causes high blood pressure and increased heart rate.

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  • Diet Drugs [hide all summaries]
    The FDA has set the bar too low for the approval of diet drugs. Instead of requiring that diet drugs be proved to prevent the long term consequences of obesity (none ever has), diet drugs can be approved if they show a modest weight loss over a relatively short period.

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  • Meridia — Weight Loss or Health Loss? [hide all summaries]
    (October 2003)
    Against the better judgment of both the physicians who reviewed the data for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the FDA’s external Advisory Committee, the weight loss drug Meridia (sibutramine) has been on the market for over five years. Both the agency’s own doctors and its advisors are on record as saying that the benefits (loss of a few pounds in weight) do not outweigh the risks (increased blood pressure and thus increased risk for heart attack and stroke).

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