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FDA Blacklists Certain Weight Loss Products

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Staying slim and fit is fine as long as it is achieved by a healthy lifestyle. However seeking hourglass figure through supplements may land you in trouble.

The FDA has advised consumers not to purchase or use certain products promoted for weight loss. The products are Perfect Slim Slim Fast Track Slim, Super Herbs, Slyn Both, Zero Fat and SPCARET Princess Diet.

FDA laboratory analysis confirmed that Perfect Slim Fast Track Slim contains fluoxetine, an FDA-approved drug in a class of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or SSRIs used for treating depression, bulimia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder or PMDD.

Use of SSRIs has been associated with serious side effects including suicidal thinking, abnormal bleeding, and seizures. In patients on other medications for common conditions, like aspirin, ibuprofen, or other drugs for depression, blood clots, chemotherapy, heart conditions, and psychosis, sudden death also may occur.

Super Herbs was seen to contain sibutramine and desmethylsiburamine. Sibutramine is a controlled substance that was removed from the market in October 2010 for safety reasons, and desmethylsibutramine is a substance structurally similar to sibutramine.

Slyn Both contained fluoxetine, an SSRI, while Zero Fat contained sibutramine and fluoxetine. SPCARET Princess Diet contained sibutramine.

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