On December 18, 2015, the FDA warned consumers not to buy or use the following supplments promoted for weight loss because they were found to contain sibutramine and phenolphthalein:
Sibutramine, the active ingredient in the obesity drug Meridia, was removed from the U.S. market in October 2010 because it can substantially increase blood pressure and pulse rate in some individuals, and may present a significant risk for patients with a history of coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, arrhythmias, or stroke. This drug may also interact, in life-threatening ways, with other medications a consumer may be taking.
Phenolphthalein, once an ingredient in some over-the-counter laxative products, was reclassified by the FDA in 1999 as "not generally recognized as safe and effective."
These supplements were promoted for weight loss and was sold on www.beeextremelyamazed.com and onwww.beefitamy.com. It was also promoted on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
Consumers who have purchased these supplements should not use them, and contact their healthcare provider if they have experienced any adverse side effects. Consumers and healthcare providers are also encouraged to report any adverse reactions to the FDA's MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting Program.
See ConsumerLab.com's Review of Weight Loss Supplements for tests of related products.
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