Sibutramine hydrochloride monohydrate (Meridia®
) is a prescription medication that is no longer available in the United States. It was approved to help people lose weight and to prevent weight regain in people who have already lost weight.
Unfortunately, studies on this drug have shown that it increases the risk of heart attacks
, so in October 2010, it was withdrawn from the market. If you are obese and looking for a weight loss medication, talk to your healthcare provider about a suitable alternative.