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Posted February 10, 2015

Five Weight Loss Supplements Recalled

On January 9, 2015, Detox Transforms Health and Nutrition issued a voluntary recall of five weight loss supplements because they were found to contain undeclared drugs:

  • iNDiGO and BtRim Max were found to contain phenolphthalein.
  • EDGE Amplified Weight Release and iNSANE Bee Pollen were found to contain phenolphthalein and fluoxetine.

    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."

    Fluoxetine is an FDA approved selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) drug prescribed to treat depression, anxiety, and other conditions. SSRI drugs are associated with serious side effects including suicidal thinking, abnormal bleeding, and seizures, and can interact with other common medications such as aspirin and ibuprofen, which can cause ventricular arrhythmia or sudden death.

  • AMPD Gold Bee Pollen was found to contain sildenafil.

    Sildenafil, the active ingredient in Viagra, which is prescribed for erectile dysfunction. This drug can cause symptoms like headache and flushing, and can interact with medications containing nitrates such as nitroglycerine, resulting in dangerously low blood pressure.

The supplements were distributed nationwide through online sales and in retail stores.

(See's Review of Weight Loss Supplements for tests of related products.)

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.

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For more about this recall, use the link below.