Prescription Diet Pills Banned by FDA-Buyer Beware

With the recent release of its ban of 20 brands of dietary supplements claiming to be all natural, a more in-depth look into the banned substances once used as weight loss prescription drugs may be in order.  A more in-depth look at the ingredients in your favorite over the counter dietary supplement may also prove to be a good idea.

The ingredient sibutramine (more commonly known as Meridia, Reductil, Sibutrex, or Reduxade) was shown to be present in these so-called natural supplements.  Sibutramine has been banned in the United States, Europe, China, India, the UK, Australia, and Canada.  Originally approved as a weight loss drug by the FDA in 1997, it was pulled in Oct. of 2010 due to the raised risk of stroke or heart attacks.  Now this dangerous substance is showing up in over the counter supplements, but not listed in the ingredients.  Some of the products being banned are:  A-Slim 100% Natural Slimming Capsules, P57 Hoodia, PhentaBurn Slimming Capsules, Dream Body Slimming Capsules, Pai You Guo Slim Tea, Lose Weight Coffee, and Acai Berry Soft Gel ABC.  Just because the words natural, tea, or berry are in the title obviously doesn’t mean the product is safe.

Everyone remembers the Fen-Phen rage, right?  This weight loss drug was never authorized by the FDA and was banned in 1997.  It was a mixture of two obesity drugs:  Phentermine (still approved for short term use) and Fenfluramine (now banned).  The Fenfluramine half of the partnership was proven to cause permanent heart valvular damage in 30% of users.  It has been banned since 1997.

Ephedra was once an extremely popular weight loss supplement.  Any diet supplements containing ephedra were banned in 2004.  Ephedra was shown to be associated with strokes, seizures, heart attacks, and significant gastrointestinal and psychiatric effects.

Finally, Acomplia or Rimonabant was approved in 2006 in Europe as a weight loss aid.  It was also often prescribed for smoking cessation.  It was officially withdrawn from the market in January of 2009 due to the possible suicide risk and depression of many users.

We as consumers need to do our research, choose reputable companies from which to purchase, and always educate ourselves on what we are putting into our bodies.

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