FDA Cautions Against Weight-Loss Pills

November 26, 2014
Meghan Ross, Associate Editor

Consumers are advised not to purchase 2 products marketed as weight-loss pills after the FDA found the same hidden drug ingredient in both products.

Consumers are advised not to purchase 2 products marketed as weight-loss pills after the FDA found the same hidden drug ingredient in both products.

The FDA is advising consumers not to use Bee Thin or Super Extreme Accelerator because they both contain sibutramine, a controlled substance that was taken off the market in 2010.

Sibutramine has been shown to increase blood pressure and/or pulse rate in some individuals, and it may cause harm to patients with a history of coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, arrhythmias, or stroke.

The FDA warned of a growing trend in which products claiming to help patients with sexual enhancement, weight loss, and body building are labeled as all natural, but instead contain potentially dangerous drugs.

Anyone who has experienced an adverse reaction to these products can report it to the FDA’s MedWatch by downloading a form at www.fda.gov/MedWatch/getforms.htm and submitting it online, or by requesting the form by phone at 1-800-332-1088 and mailing it in or submitting it via fax to 1-800-FDA-0178.