Meridia has ruined my life.

“Why is this drug on the market without telling of its possible side effects? I wish I never took Meridia.”


I’m writing to you about Meridia ruining my life. I was on Meridia for only 6 weeks and I now have a permanent disability.

I have an unclassical case of rheumatoid arthritis, which is an autoimmune disease. What the doctors are saying (in a round about way) is that Meridia triggered this condition. I have severe swelling of the Rt. wrist that causes pain and the inability to use it. I’m right-handed too. I have severe pain in my shoulders, and swelling in the feet and ankles, which makes it difficult to walk or do anything. I have been in and out of the ER and have seen several doctors. I have been a guinea pig to medications and nothing seems to help the pain.

This happened to me in Feb. 2001. I have gone a year in a disabled condition and I’m feeling like giving up. I am 33 years old and I have my 57-year-old parents taking care of me and my two children 6yrs, and 2yrs. My husband is going to loose his mind. I was extremely healthy before I took Meridia. Just wanted to get 25 lbs. off after having children.

Now I’ve lost my life and every dream I ever had for me as a person and professional, and my family. I was energetic and lively, now I’m miserable and hurt for life. It’s hard to be happy, positive, and hopeful anymore. Why is this drug on the market without telling of its possible side effects? I wish I never took Meridia. I hope something is done to warn people of its possible harm.




This is Survivor Story number 44.
Total number of stories in current database is 48

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Ann Blake Tracy, Executive Director,
International Coalition for Drug Awareness
(DrugAwareness.Org & SSRIstories.Net)
Author: ”Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? – Our Serotonin Nightmare – The Complete Truth of the Full Impact of Antidepressants Upon Us & Our World” & Withdrawal CD “Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!”

She has specialized since 1990 in adverse reactions to serotonergic medications (such as Prozac, Sarafem, Zoloft, Paxil, Luvox, Celexa, Lexapro, Effexor, Serzone, Remeron, Anafranil, Fen-Phen, Redux and Meridia as well as the new atypical antipsychotics Zyprexa, Geodon, Seroquel and Abilify), as well as pain killers, and has testified before the FDA and congressional subcommittee members on antidepressants.

WITHDRAWAL WARNING: In sharing this information about adverse reactions to antidepressants I always recommend that you also give reference to my CD on safe withdrawal, Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!, so that we do not have more people dropping off these drugs too quickly – a move which I have warned from the beginning can be even more dangerous than staying on the drugs!

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