Weight Loss Supplements Contain Unapproved Controlled Substance

Weight Loss Supplements Contain Unapproved Controlled Substance
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November 24, 2014

Two weight loss supplements tested by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration contain an unapproved controlled substance.

Dietary supplements Bee Thin and Super Extreme Accelerator contain sibutramine, a controlled substance that was removed from the market in October 2010 for safety reasons.

The products pose a threat to consumers because sibutramine is known to substantially increase blood pressure and/or pulse rate in some patients. It 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.

Both products were sold online and in some retail stores.

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

The FDA issued the notification to address a growing trend of dietary supplements or conventional foods with hidden drugs and chemicals. These products are typically promoted for sexual enhancement, weight loss, and body building and are often represented as being all natural. The FDA is unable to test and identify all products marketed as dietary supplements that have potentially harmful hidden ingredients. Consumers should exercise caution before purchasing any product in the above categories.