Weight Loss Supplement Propell Platinum Contains Hidden and Illegal Medications

Weight Loss Supplement Propell Platinum Contains Hidden and Illegal Medications
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March 30, 2016

A weight loss supplement sold online and in some retail stores is made with unapproved medications, prompting a warning from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advising against its use.

Propell Platinum contains sibutramine and phenolphthalein, two drugs that were removed from the market due to safety concerns. Neither are listed on the product's label.

Sibutramine is a controlled substance that was removed from the market in 2010 because it is known to substantially increase blood pressure and pulse rate. It poses a significant risk for patients with a history of coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, arrhythmias, or stroke. This medication could have life-threatening interactions with other medications a person might be taking.

Phenolphthalein is a chemical that is not an active ingredient in any approved drug in the U.S. Studies have shown that it increases the risk of cancer.

Health care professionals and patients are encouraged to report adverse events or side effects related to the use of this supplement to the FDA's MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program.