Now that the holidays are over, many Americans will be trying hard to lose a few pounds. That has become an annual event. Many turn to diet pills as a “quick” and “easy” way to take off the added pounds. Unfortunately, it appears there are a number of weight loss products that could be dangerous. In that regard, the Food and Drug Administration has warned folks about 69 hazardous weight loss products. The FDA says all of the products on its list contain both illegal and prescription-grade ingredients.
According to the agency, if you are currently taking any of the products, stop immediately and see a doctor. It should be noted that diet pills are not government regulated and many are not extensively researched. All of us need to be extremely cautious before taking any diet pill that’s not recommended by our personal doctor. There also can be a problem with over-dosing. People can also run into some interaction or reaction to other medicines they may be taking. The FDA says most of the tainted pills are sold online and come from foreign countries. Each is a good reason to steer clear of diet pills. The best way to lose weight is to simply exercise on a regular basis and cut back on calories.
These weight loss products, some of which are marketed as “dietary supplements,” are promoted and sold on various Websites and in some retail stores. Some of the products claim to be “natural” or to contain only “herbal” ingredients, but actually contain potentially harmful ingredients not listed on the product labels or in promotional advertisements. These products have not been approved by the FDA, are illegal and may be potentially harmful to unsuspecting consumers.
The FDA advises consumers who have used any of these products to stop taking them and consult their healthcare professional immediately. The FDA encourages consumers to seek guidance from a healthcare professional before purchasing weight loss products. Janet Woodcock, M.D., director of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, FDA, stated:
These tainted weight loss products pose a great risk to public health because they contain undeclared ingredients and, in some cases, contain prescription drugs in amounts that greatly exceed their maximum recommended dosages. Consumers have no way of knowing that these products contain powerful drugs that could cause serious health consequences. Therefore FDA is taking this action to protect the health of the American public.
Health care professionals and consumers should report serious adverse events (side effects) or product quality problems to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either online, by regular mail, fax or phone. You can get a list of the potentially dangerous diet pills by going to the FDA website www.FDA.gov.
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