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FDA: 20 weight-loss supplements contain undeclared drug

Consumer Reports News: October 19, 2011 04:13 PM

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to use 20 weight-loss supplements found to contain the drug sibutramine.

An FDA laboratory analyses confirmed the supplements contain sibutramine, the active ingredient in weight-loss medication Meridia, previously found to substantially increase blood pressure and heart rate and also linked to an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. It was removed from the U.S. market in October 2010. The supplements are sold on various websites and in some retail stores in the form of capsules and as coffees and teas. Some are labeled “100% natural.”

Here’s a roundup of the tainted supplements:

Bottom line: The FDA is advising consumers not to use these tainted products, and we couldn’t agree more. We’ve long advised against using weight-loss supplements because the risky side effects often outweigh the benefits. If you want to lose weight naturally, stick with these two tried-and-true weight-loss methods: diet and exercise.

Read more on dangerous supplements and steps you can take to make sure the supplements you use are safe and beneficial.

Ginger Skinner


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