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FDA's MedWatch Safety Alerts: January 2010

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Meridia is only recommended for obese people with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater, or BMI of 27 or greater with other risk factors such as diabetes, high cholesterol, or controlled high blood pressure. (To determine your BMI, see the BMI calculator9.)

The risk: FDA’s review of data indicates an increased risk of heart attack and stroke in people using Meridia who have a history of cardiovascular disease.

Recommendation: Talk to your health care professional about whether Meridia is right for you.

For more information about topics for your health, visit the FDA Consumer Information Center (http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/default.htm).

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