Recalls & Warnings
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Posted October 10, 2014
Weight Loss Supplement Found to Contain Multiple Drugs
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."
Benzocaine is a local anesthetic found in many over-the-counter products to treat mouth and gum pain. It can cause a rare, but potentially fatal condition called methemoglobinemia, where the amount of oxygen that can be carried through the blood stream is greatly reduced.
Diclofenac is a non-steroid anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), which can increase the risk of cardiovascular events and gastrointestinal damage, such as bleeding, ulceration, and fatal perforation of the stomach.
Japan Hokkaido Slimming Weight Loss Pills were promoted for weight loss and sold on various websites and in some retail stores.
Consumers who have purchased this supplement 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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