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FDA Warns of Dangerous Drugs Contained in Weight Loss Supplements

Lucrecia Guerra2 years ago

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is warning consumers not to buy six different weight loss supplements after determining they are made with a dangerous drug banned from the market since 2010. 

About the FDA Weight Loss Supplements Warning

According to the Plain Dealer, the weight loss supplements contain sibutramine, marketed under the trade name Meridia before its withdrawal from the market in 2010.

Sibutramine can be dangerous for people with heart conditions and increases the risk of having cardiovascular problems by 16 percent, according to clinical trials. The FDA has discovered the presence of sibutramine in more than 50 weight loss supplements sold as capsules, powders, slimming coffees and tea drinks.

Consumers who have taken weight loss supplements and experienced any side effects are encouraged to contact their doctor immediately and to report the incident to the FDA’s MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program. Consumers can submit their complaint through an online form or by calling at 1-800-332-1088. 

Risky Weight Loss supplements Identified by FDA

  • Mix Fruit Slimming – sold by Amazon and other retailers, advertised to be 100% natural and free of any side effects. The product also contains phenolphthalein, another banned drug by the FDA due to carcinogenic potential. 
  • Lingzhi Cleansed Slim Tea – sold by Amazon and other retailers. The manufacturer claims the supplement can “help to improve digestion and speed up metabolism.”
  • Trim Fast – sold online and through some retailers, advertised as a diet aid used to control appetite, boost metabolism, and give energy. 
  • 24 Ince – which is a slimming drink advertised to help control weight while reducing cholesterol and fat levels. 
  • Slimming Diet by Pretty White – sold on eBay and other online retailers, advertised as being completely natural and safe. 
  • Lipo 8 – sold online and through some retailers. Lipo 8 is advertised as weight loss pill made from white kidney bean extract that eliminates fat before is absorbed into to the body. 

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