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Posted January 6, 2015

FDA Warns of Weight Loss Supplement Dangers

On January 5, 2015, the FDA warned consumers that many weight loss products, including supplements, coffees and teas, may promise results they cannot deliver, or contain dangerous hidden drugs.

Undeclared drugs found in weight loss supplements include sibutramine, a prescription weight loss drug that was removed from the market because it can cause heart problems and stroke, as well as seizure medications, blood pressure medications, and antidepressants.

The FDA listed warning signs that a weight loss supplement could contain hidden drugs, including:
  • promises of a quick fix, for example, "lose 10 pounds in one week."
  • use of the words "guaranteed" or "scientific breakthrough."
  • products marketed in a foreign language.
  • products marketed through mass e-mails.
  • products marketed as herbal alternatives to an FDA-approved drug or as having effects similar to prescription drugs.
You can find the FDA's list of tainted weight loss products here. also reports FDA Recalls and Warnings for weight loss products as they are released.

See's Review of Weight Loss Supplements for tests of related products. Also see "Can supplements help me lose weight?"

See Related Warnings:
Weight Loss Supplement Recalled

Seller of Weight Loss, Saw Palmetto Supplements and More Warned for Drug Claims

Weight Loss Supplement Recall Expanded

Weight Loss Supplement Recalled Due To Undeclared Drugs

Slimming Coffee Found to Contain Drug

FDA Warns Consumers of Weight Loss Supplement Containing Undeclared Drugs

Two Weight Loss Supplements Found to Contain Drugs

Weight Loss Supplement Contains Undeclared Drug

Weight Loss Supplement Recall Expanded to Include Additional Products

Weight Loss Supplement Containing Drug Recalled

FDA Warns Consumers Of Weight Loss Supplement Containing Undeclared Drug

Weight Loss Supplement Recalled Due To Undeclared Drug

FDA Seizes Weight Loss Supplements Containing Undeclared Drug

Rx Drugs Found in Weight Loss and Enhancement Supplements

Recall of "Slimming" Supplements Spiked with Drug

To read the FDA's warning, use the link below.