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Posted December 1, 2015
Weight Supplements Found to Contain Antidepressant and Other Prescription Drugs
- Slyn Both was found to contain fluoxetine.
- Perfect Slim Fast Track Slim was found to contain fluoxetine and orlistat.
- Zero Fat was found to contain fluoxetine and sibutramine.
- Super Herbs was found to contain sibutramine and desmethylsiburamine.
- SPCARET Princess Diet was found to contain sibutramine.
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.
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. Desmethylsiburamine is similar to sibutramine.
Orlistat is commercially available as the prescription medication for the management of obesity, Xenical. Orlistat may interfere with the absorption of certain vitamins and interact with other medications. Although rare, serious side effects such as allergic reactions, symptoms of liver disease and kidney stones may occur.
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.
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