FDA Warns Consumers about Weight Loss Products
April 11, 2009
The FDA has issued a new alert about weight loss products tainted by potentially dangerous ingredients. Many of the products claim to be "natural" or "herbal" but include drugs, sometimes in very high doses.
Drugs found in weight loss products include:
• Sibutramine (a controlled substance)
• Phenytoin (an anti-seizure medication)
• Phenolphthalein (a solution used in chemical experiments and a suspected cancer-causing agent)
• Bumetanide (a diuretic)
Altogether, the FDA has found 72 tainted weight loss products since it first brought the issue to public attention last December.