The FDA has issued a warning on over 70 weight loss pills that contain undeclared
active pharmaceutical ingredients that may be harmful. Following is a list of these
potentially dangerous ingredients.
A presciption diuretic which is the active pharmaceutical ingredient in Bumex. The
potential risks include electrolyte loss and low blood pressure. The elderly and
those with kidney problems may be at risk for toxic reactions.
An experimental obesity drug that is still in the clinical trial stage. The most
serious complications of Cetilstat are to transplant patients. This is an anti-rejection
drug which could lead to organ rejection. Other risks to the general consumer include
vitamin deficiencies, kidney stones, and gallstones.
A stimulant which does not have U.S. marketing approval. Fenproporex is a derivative
of amphetamines and could cause someone to test positive for amphetamines in a drug
screening. Other negatives reactions to this drug include headaches, high blood pressure,
fever, dizziness, fainting, and even possible death.
The active ingredient in the prescription antidepressant Prozac. Antidepressants
have been shown to increase suicidal thoughts in children and young adults. Less
serious health risks of Fluoxetine include hives, headache, anxiety, and insomnia.
The active ingredient in the powerful prescription diuretic Lasix. Potential risks
include severe dehydration, kidney damage, or even coma.
The ingredient in some OTC laxatives until the FDA decided they unsafe in 1999. Findings
include carcinogenic risks and possible DNA mutation.
the active ingredient in the anti seizure medication Dilantin. There were only trace
amounts of Dilantin in some weight loss pills so risks were not fully assessed.
the active ingredient in Zimulti which is not U.S. Approved. Side effects of this
drug include depression, anxiety, and suicidal thinking.
is a controlled substance that is the active ingredient in the prescription drug
Meridia which treats obesity. Some of the FDA warning diet pills recommended taking
three times the recommended dosage. Risks include high blood pressure and seizure.
Following is a list of diet pills and products that now carry an FDA warning. Some
of the products claim to be all natural or herbal. However, all of them contain at
least one of the dangerous drugs listed above and no not disclose them in the ingredients.
You may have bought these diet products online or even at a retail store. If you
realize you have one of these items, stop taking them and consult your physician.
* The Slim Fast on this list is NOT related to the Slim-Fast meal replacement product.
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