FDA Warns Consumers Against Over-the-Counter Weight Loss Products

FDA Warns Consumers Against Over-the-Counter Weight Loss Products

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has identified an emerging trend where over-the-counter weight loss products, frequently represented as 'dietary supplements,' contain hidden active ingredients that could be harmful.

Consumers may unknowingly take products laced with varying quantities of approved prescription drug ingredients, controlled substances, and untested and unstudied pharmaceutically active ingredients.

These deceptive products can harm you! Hidden ingredients are increasingly becoming a problem in over-the-counter products promoted for weight loss.

Not only can these hidden ingredients cause potentially dangerous side effects, they may also negatively interact with other prescription medications that you are already taking, potentially leading to far more serious problems and complications.

Remember, the FDA cannot test all products on the market that contain potentially harmful hidden ingredients. In fact, most of these 'dietary supplements' for weight loss are never evaluated by the FDA at all.

Enforcement actions and consumer advisories for tainted products only cover a small fraction of the tainted over-the-counter products on the market.

The bottom line, if a weight loss product sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Don't risk your health by putting unknown substances into your body. Talk to your doctor about a healthy approach to weight loss.

Learn More About Medication Health Fraud.