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Your Weight Loss Supplement May Be Illegally Spiked with Prescription Drugs

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released several alerts over the last six months about the illegal and possible dangerous addition of active prescription drug ingredients to otherwise ineffective weight-loss supplements. The FDA has identified 72 weight loss products that illegally contain at least one active prescription drug. The prescription drugs being added to these weight loss products include:

  • Sibutramine (MERIDA) – A controlled substance and an appetite suppressant available by prescription only.
  • Fenproporex- A stimulant drug that is not approved for marketing in the United States.
  • Fluoxetine (PROZAC, SERAFEM) – An antidepressant available by prescription only
  • Bumetanide (BUMEX) – A diuretic available by prescription only
  • Furosemide (LASIX) – A potent diuretic available by prescription only.
  • Rimonabant (ZIMULTI)- An appetite suppressant not approved for marketing in the United States.
  • Cetillstat- An experimental obesity drug not approved for marketing in the United States.
  • Phenytoin (DILANTIN) An anti-seizure drug available by prescription only.
  • Phenolphthalein- A suspected cancer causing agent and a solution used in chemical experiments. This drug is not approved for marketing in the United States.

The FDA warned that these tainted weight loss products pose a great risk to public health because they contain undeclared ingredients and, in some cases, contain prescription drugs in amounts that greatly exceed maximum recommended dosages.

If you have any products containing these ingredients, you should stop taking them immediately, and consult your health care providers. In addition, consumers should seek guidance from health care providers prior to purchasing any weight loss products.

Consumers and health care providers should report any side effects of weight loss products to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting Program. This can be done at

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