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FDA Finds Prozac and Sibutramine in Diet Pills

FDA Finds Prozac and Sibutramine in Diet Pills

June 19, 2014 — Three diet pills have been pulled off the market and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers not to use the products.

FDA laboratory testing found hidden ingredients that were not listed on the label, including fluoxetine and sibutramine.

Recalled products include:

Sibutramine, an ingredient in Sliming Diet, is an appetite-suppressant that was originally sold as the prescription drug Meridia. It was taken off the market in October 2010 for safety reasons, including:

“Sibutramine is known to substantially increase blood pressure and/or pulse rate in some patients and may present a significant risk for patients with a history of coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, arrhythmias, or stroke. This product may also interact, in life-threatening ways, with other medications a consumer may be taking.”

Fluoxetine, an ingredient in Toxin Discharged Tea and Sport Burner, is an antidepressant that is sold under the brand-name Prozac. Use of this drug is associated with serious side effects, including suicidal thinking, abnormal bleeding, and seizures. In patients on other medications for common conditions (aspirin, ibuprofen, and many more), fluoxetine increases the risk of ventricular arrhythmia and sudden death.

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