The diet and weight-loss pill Esmeralda has been recalled because it contains hidden drug ingredients. These ingredients can interact with other medicines you are taking or cause life-threatening side effects, including heart attack, stroke, seizures, and arrhythmia.
What You Can Do & How an Esmeralda Lawsuit Can Help
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Esmeralda induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know was injured by Esmeralda, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Drug Litigation Group or call us toll-free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.
What is Esmeralda?
Esmeralda is a dietary supplement manufactured by New Life Nutritional Center. It was marketed as a diet and weight-loss pill. The products were sold online and in retail stores in NY, NJ, LA, TX, VA, and MA. Each bottle contained 30 capsules.
What is the problem?
Esmeralda contains hidden drug ingredients that are not listed on the label. These ingredients include sibutramine (appetite-suppressant) and phenolphthalein (laxative). Both of these drugs have been withdrawn from the market in the United States over concern about deadly side effects. No injuries have been reported.
Side effects of Esmeralda may include:
- Blood clot
- Heart attack
- Cardiac arrhythmia (abnormal heart rhythm)
- Interactions with other medications
New Life Nutritional Center and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a voluntary recall for all lots of Esmeralda on March 24, 2014. Customers should stop using Esmeralda immediately. The prescription drugs may cause severe side effects or interact with other medications you are taking.
What is Sibutramine?
Sibutramine (originally sold as Meridia) is an appetite-suppressing drug that works by influencing neurotransmitters in the brain. Unfortunately, it can also adversely affect blood pressure and heart rhythm, which can increase the risk of deadly cardiovascular events — heart attack, stroke, arrhythmia, and seizures. It was withdrawn from the U.S. market in October 2010.
What is Phenolphthalein?
Phenolphthalein was a popular laxative for much of the 20th century. It was taken off the market after studies in rodents found that it could increase the risk of many types of cancer.
Do I have an Esmeralda Lawsuit?
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Esmeralda injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know was injured by Esmeralda, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Drug Litigation Group or call us toll-free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.
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