Posted January 30, 2014

Four Weight Loss Supplements Found To Contain Drugs

On January 28, 2014, the FDA warned consumers not to buy or use the four weight loss supplements listed below because they were found to contain sibutramine or 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."

  • Citrus Fit Gold is sold on various websites, including www.citrusfit.com, and in some retail stores. It was found to contain sibutramine.
  • Thinogenics is sold on various websites, including www.easy2loseweight.com, and in some retail stores. It was found to contain sibutramine.
  • Tonic Life BP is sold on various websites, including www.tonic-life-products.com, and in some retail stores. It was found to contain phenolphthalein.
  • Hot Detox is sold on various websites, including www.hotdetoxllc.com, and in some retail stores. It was found to contain sibutramine.

Consumers who have purchased these supplements should discontinue use immediately 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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