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Defective Diet Drugs

 Metabolife®, Ephedra, and More

Diet drugs offer hope to people struggling with obesity. Unfortunately, many diet drugs have been associated with serious — even fatal — side effects.  What’s more, some of these allegedly defective diet drugs are used by individuals across the country who are not obese but who simply want to lose a few pounds. For both groups of individuals, the costs of using defective diet drugs such as Metabolife®, Meridia®, and ephedra can be great. Shein Law lawyers in Pennsylvania and New Jersey can help you in cases against the makers of ephedra and other diet drugs.

On the right is a list of some diet drugs that have caused concern in the past several years.


Ephedra is an herbal supplement used in many diet pills. Studies show that ephedra raises blood pressure and stresses the circulatory system. The FDA has repeatedly warned consumers about the dangers of ephedra, which is also known as ma huang, ephedrine, and pseudoephedrine, among other names. It is important to note that many victims do not know they are taking ephedra as a result of the drug having alternate names. Plus, many ephedra patients simply don’t know the possible dangers of its use. In April 2004, the Food and Drug Administration issued a final ruling on ephedra, calling for a ban on sales of dietary supplements that contain ephedrine alkaloids.

Possible Side Effects of Ephedra Use

Ephedra use has been linked to a number of serious side effects, including:

  • Heart attacks
  • Hepatitis
  • Strokes
  • Seizures
  • Insomnia
  • Death

The ephedra lawyers at the Pennsylvania and New Jersey offices of Shein Law are well-versed in the history of this possibly lethal supplement.  Strong evidence exists suggesting that ephedra is associated with an increased risk of harmful side effects and that there is little benefit to its use other than possible short-term weight-loss.  Ephedra has not been found to enhance athletic performance. If you have taken herbal supplements containing ephedra and suffered serious side effects, contact our ephedra lawyers in Pennsylvania or New Jersey for legal assistance.

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Metabolife® is a popular diet drug that contains the weight-loss supplement ephedra. In 2002, the FDA asked the Department of Justice to conduct a criminal investigation of Metabolife® International, accusing the company of withholding information about adverse events among Metabolife® patients.  At that time, Metabolife® International was the leading seller of ephedra. In fact, Metabolife® products containing ephedra are still currently on the market. Our ephedra lawyers in Pennsylvania and New Jersey can help Metabolife® users who have suffered serious side effects by reviewing your case and assisting you in possibly recovering damages.

If you have experienced any of the following side effects associated with Metabolife® use, you may be entitled to file a defective diet drugs lawsuit. Contact the Pennsylvania or New Jersey office of Shein Law to see if you have a case.

Possible Side Effects of Metabolife® Use

Some commonly reported side effects associated with Metabolife® use include:

  • Hepatitis
  • Heart attack
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Increased heart rate
  • Stroke
  • Seizures
  • Anxiety
  • Dizziness
  • Psychosis
  • Insomnia
  • Death

The Food and Drug Administration has tried to enforce dosage requirements for Metabolife®, but has so far been unsuccessful.  However, it has mandated that all Metabolife® labels contain blatant warnings for consumers to “be aware that just because a product is labeled ‘natural’ or from an herbal source it is not guaranteed safe.”  If your health has been negatively affected because of your use of Metabolife®, please contact Shein Law today. Metabolife® users and victims of other defective diet drugs in Pennsylvania and New Jersey may be entitled to recover damages against the parties responsible.

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Meridia® is a prescription diet drug used to treat obesity. Its generic name is sibutramine.  Meridia® has been associated with adverse cardiovascular events, including more than 30 deaths. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration as well as European health organizations have fielded many reports of health problems associated with Meridia®.  Although Meridia® has been shown to cause moderate weight-loss, questions were raised during clinical trials as to the ratio of Meridia®’s worthiness to its potential risks.  The consumer advocacy group, Public Citizen, petitioned the FDA to withdraw Meridia® on March 19, 2002. The FDA said they would take the petition under advisement.  However, the FDA has twice-strengthened Meridia®’s warning labels and it has already been pulled from the shelves in Italy.

Dangerous Side Effects Associated with Meridia®

Some of the side effects reported in association with Meridia® use include:

  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Cardiac arrhythmia
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Other cardiovascular ailments

If you have sustained injuries due to the use of the diet drug Meridia®, contact our attorneys at the Shein Law today.  We have an expert staff devoted to litigation involving defective diet drugs. With offices in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, our firm can review your case and see if you may be entitled to compensatory damages for your losses.

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Xenadrine® is a diet drug that contains ephedra. Ephedra, explained in detail above, has been one of the most popular weight-loss supplements in recent years.  However, it has been linked to a host of side effects and has been the subject of fierce controversy, ultimately prompting severe regulation and even a ban from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Possible Side Effects of Xenadrine® Use:

The following side effects have been reported in association with Xenadrine® use:

  • Heart attacks
  • Hepatitis
  • Strokes
  • Seizures
  • Insomnia
  • Death

The safety of products containing ephedra has been in significant debate for many years, however that debate was stepped up even more after the supplement was possibly linked to the death of professional baseball player Steve Bechler. The Food and Drug Administration announced plans in 2003 to place a ban on all dietary supplements containing ephedra. At the time the FDA announced the ban, commissioner Mark McClellan was quoted as saying that products containing ephedra “present an unreasonable risk of illness or injury.”

If you think you may have suffered adverse side effects from the use of Xenadrine® or other defective diet drugs containing ephedra, contact our lawyers in Pennsylvania and New Jersey for a consultation.

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Emagrece Sim

Some varieties of diet drugs contain illegal amphetamines and can cause life-threatening illnesses.  According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Emagrece Sim, also known as the Brazilian Diet Pill, may contain active ingredients, (including controlled substances) found in prescription drugs that could lead to severe side effects or injury.  These may be counterfeit versions of the actual drug, marketed in bottles that say “Emagrece Sim,” but containing ingredients such as amphetamines and tranquilizers.  They have been known to cause unwitting users to flunk pre-employment drug tests, not to mention the possibility of serious damage to their health.  Emagrece Sim is made in Brazil by Fitoterapicos (Fytoterapicos) and Phytotherm Sim.

Emagrece Sim may contain active ingredients found in prescription drugs including:

Chlordiazepoxide HCI:

Active ingredient in Librium; used to relieve anxiety and control symptoms of alcohol withdrawal.

Fluoxetine HCI:

Active ingredient in Prozac®, an anti-depressant used to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder, bulimia, and panic attacks.  Prozac® has been linked to serious adverse events and drug interactions, including suicidal thinking and behavior, insomnia, anxiety, abnormal bleeding, and others. Drugs containing Fluoxetine HCI should only be taken while under a physician’s care.


A stimulant not approved for marketing in the United States.

Emagrece Sim is a product offered over-the-counter and for sale on the internet.

If you think you may have been adversely affected by taking Emagrece Sim, please contact our defective diet drugs attorneys in Pennsylvania or New Jersey for a consultation.

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Fen-Phen is a diet drug made from the combination of fenfluramine (Pondimin®) or dexfenfluramine (Redux®) and phentermine. Fen-phen was associated with the development of heart valve abnormalities and a life-threatening condition called primary pulmonary hypertension.

Heart Valve Damage

This condition can cause oxygenated blood flow to reverse course from its intended flow to the rest of the body back into the heart. Valve damage usually leads to the valves being replaced in order to prevent serious health problems.

Primary Pulmonary Hypertension (PPH)

PPH is a condition which constricts the blood vessels, restricting blood flow and causing blood pressure to rise.  If untreated, PPH can be a fatal cause of heart and lung failure. The diet drug Fen-Phen has been proven to increase the risk of PPH.

Symptoms of PPH include:

  • Chest pain
  • Fatigue
  • Dizzy Spells
  • Fainting Spells
  • Shortness of breath
  • Swelling of the ankles

About 30 percent of patients who used Fen-Phen now suffer from heart valve problems.  Pondimin® and Redux® were recalled by the FDA in 1997.  If you or a loved one has been affected by the diet drug Fen-Phen, you may be entitled to compensation.  Contact Shein Law to speak with one of our defective diet drugs lawyers in Pennsylvania or New Jersey today.

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Contact Our Defective Drug Attorneys

The surge in diet medications in the last several years has given rise to a stunning number of defective diet drugs lawsuits across the nation.  If you believe you are a victim of ephedra or other defective diet drugs, please contact our lawyers in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  We take special interest in trying cases involving ephedra, Meridia®, and a host of other diet drugs, as well as claims associated with defective pain drugs, defective cholesterol drugs, and arthritis drugs like Bextra®, Celebrex®, and Vioxx®.  Call Shein Law at 1-877-743-4652.

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