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Slimming Supplements: Dangerous Brands and Ingredients

It’s tempting, when a big event is coming up, or when you just can't seem to lose weight, to turn to supplements promising a quick fix.

But you need to be careful. Recently the U.S. Food and Drug Administration took action against 117 various manufacturers and/or distributors of supplements sold as slimming aids and other dietary supplements.

These types of products are available word wide, and have been known to cause death and serious illness, even here in the UK. So how do you protect yourself?

WLR's Advice:

  • Don't take them!
  • Don't buy anything that's not available from a reputable chemist or source you know and trust
  • Don't buy false promises - if something claims you'll lose 10lbs in a week by taking it, it's either outright lying or dangerous
  • Always be very cautious when you start taking a new supplement, if you are in any doubt at all, consult your doctor
  • People who are taking other medications, or are in current treatment for any condition, should not take dietary supplements without medical advice

Here’s the information on supplements/ingredients marketed for weight loss that are considered dangerous and are either banned or should only be available on prescription under medical supervision. (Updated November 2015.)

Please don't assume that just because something isn't on this list, it isn't dangerous. These products come and go with new names and new 'formulations'.

Be wary, and thoroughly research any supplements marketed for weight loss before you buy them. Consult your doctor before you take them.

DMAA (1,3-dimethylamylamine or methylhexanamine)

DMAA is an amphetamine derivative. The dietary supplement industry often refers to DMAA as “geranium extract.” Ingestion of DMAA can elevate blood pressure and could lead to cardiovascular problems, including heart attack, shortness of breath and tightening of the chest.

Supplements found to contain DMAA

  • LX1
  • OxyElite Pro
  • Jack3d

Dinitrophenol (DNP, 2,4-Dinitrophenol)

Dinitrophenolan is the weight-loss product that caused the death of Leeds University student Sarah Houston in 2015. Overdosing on Dinitrophenol leads to toxicity via excessive heat production, irregular breathing and heartrate, and mitochondrial dysfunction.It takes only a small excess of DNP to overdose.

DNP is sold mostly over the internet under a number of different names as a weight loss/slimming aid. To date, there have been 62 published deaths attributed to DNP.

Supplements found to contain Dinitrophenol

  • Products with DNP in the name, and possibly other products
  • Example: from the DNP UK website - "(for legal reasons) We do not sell this product for human consumption. We leave it up to you to decide what do do with it :-)". 

A smiley? For a substance that can cause death? This just gives you a clue as to how little companies that push pills, care for you and your wellbeing.

Bumetanide

Bumetanide is a strong diuretic ('water pill') and may cause dehydration and electrolyte imbalance. If it is prescribed for you, it is important that you take it exactly as told by your doctor. If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately: rapid, excessive weight loss; decreased urination; dry mouth; thirst; nausea; vomiting; weakness; drowsiness; confusion; muscle pain or cramps; or rapid or pounding heartbeats.

Supplements found to contain Bumetanide

  • Starcaps

Fluoxetine (Prozac)

Fluoxetine is available on prescription in a class of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) used for treating depression, bulimia, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).

Uses of SSRIs have been associated with serious side effects including suicidal thinking, abnormal bleeding, and seizures. In patients on other medications for common conditions (aspirin, ibuprofen, or other drugs for depression, anxiety, bipolar illness, blood clots, chemotherapy, heart conditions, and psychosis), ventricular arrhythmia or sudden death can occur.

Supplements found to contain Fluoxetine

  • BioEmagrecim
  • Botanical Slimming (Red) 
  • EDGE Amplified Weight Release 
  • iNSANE Bee Pollen 
  • Natural Max Slimming 
  • Oxy ELITE Pro Super Thermogenic 
  • Xcel

Lorcaserin

Lorcaserin should not currently be avalable in the UK or EU. In May 2013 the company withdrew its submission for marketing approval in the EU as it was unable to address all the issue raised before CHMP make its final decision.

Lorcaserin may cause psychiatric disturbances and impairments in attention or memory. Also, concomitant use of lorcaserin with certain medications, such as, but not limited to, drugs commonly used to treat depression and migraine, may result in a potentially life-threatening drug interaction.

Supplements found to contain Lorcaserin

  • B-Lipo 
  • Green Algae Combination by Crane Beauty 
  • Yanhee Slim

Phenolphthalein

Phenolphthalein has previously been used as a laxative, but is no longer authorised for sale in the UK as it may cause cancer. Health risks associated with phenolphthalein could include potentially serious gastrointestinal disturbances, irregular heartbeat, and cancer with long-term use.

Supplements found to contain Phenolphthalein

  • 24 Hours Diet
  • 8 Factor Diet
  • Akttive Capsules, Akttive High Performance Fat Burner Gold Capsules 
  • Be Inspired 
  • Bella Vi Amp'd Up, Bella Vi BTrim Max, Bella Vi BTrim Ultimate Boost, Bella Vi Extreme Accelerator, Bella Vi Insane Amp'd, Bella Vi Insane Bee Pollen Capsules 
  • Bethel 
  • Black Mamba Hyperrush 
  • B-Perfect 
  • BtRim Max 
  • DaiDaiHuaJiaoNang 
  • Diablos Eca Fire Caps 
  • Diet Master 
  • EDGE Amplified Weight Release 
  • Esmeralda 
  • Fat Zero 
  • Fatloss Slimming
  • Fruit & Plant Slimming 
  • Fruta Bio 
  • Goodliness Fat-Reducing Capsules 
  • iNDiGO 
  • iNSANE Bee Pollen 
  • Japan Hokkaido Cangye Phamacy Co., LTD 
  • Japan Rapid Weight Loss Diet Pills Green, Japan Rapid Weight Loss Diet Pills Yellow
  • Japanese Chinese Formula pill for weight reduction 
  • Jianfeijindan Activity Girl 
  • Jimpness Beauty Fat Loss Capsules 
  • La Jiao Shou Shen 
  • Lean Body Extreme 
  • Lida Daidaihua 
  • Magic Slim 
  • Maxi Gold 
  • Meizitang Strong Version Botanical Slimming 
  • Miracle Diet 30 
  • New You 
  • Nine Slim 
  • Pai You Guo
  • Perfect Slim 5x
  • Pink Bikini and Shorts on the Beach Blue and Gold Edition 
  • Reduce Weight Fruta Planta 
  • Royal Slimming Formula
  • Seven Slim 
  • Shou Fu Ti Tun Guo Xiang Xing Jian Fei Jiao Nang
  • Sit and Slim II 
  • Slim Max, Slim Xtreme 
  • SlimEasy 
  • Slim-K 
  • Smart Lipo 
  • Super Fat Burner, Super Fat Burning Bomb 
  • Super Slim 
  • Tonic Life BP 
  • Ultimate Boost 
  • Ultra ZX 
  • Xcel Advanced 
  • Xtreme Fat Burner Capsules 
  • Zhen de Shou

Rimonabant (Acomplia)

Rimonabant has been withdrawn from the Uk market due to potentially serious side effects. Shortly after market introduction, press reports and independent studies suggested that side effects of severe depression and suicidal thoughts occurred more intensely and more commonly than had been found by the manufacturer in their clinical studies. The drug has never been approved in the U.S.

Supplements found to contain Rimonabant

  • Phyto Shape

Sildenafil (Viagra)

Available only on prescription in the UK, because sildenafil can have serious side effects in some patients. Sildenafil may interact with nitrates found in some prescription drugs such as nitroglycerin and may lower blood pressure to dangerous levels.  Men with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or heart disease often take nitrates.

Supplements found to contain Sildenafil

  • APEXXX 
  • Natural Max Slimming 
  • Diablos Eca Fire Caps 
  • Miracle Rock 48 

Sibutramine (desmthylsibutramine, didesmthylsibutramine)

Sibutramine was removed from the Uk market 2010 for safety reasons. Sibutramine is known to substantially increase blood pressure and/or pulse rate in some patients and may present a significant risk for patients with a history of coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, arrhythmias, or stroke. This product may also interact, in life-threatening ways, with other medications a patient may be taking.

Supplements found to contain Sibutramine

  • 1 Day Diet 
  • 2 Day Diet, 2 Day Diet Slim Advance
  • 21 Double Slim
  • 24 Hours Diet
  • 24 Ince 
  • 2x Powerful Slimming
  • 3 Day Diet
  • 3 Days Fit
  • 3x Slimming Power
  • 5x Imelda Perfect Slimming
  • 7 Day Herbal Slim, 7 Days Herbal Slim 
  • 7 Days Diet
  • 7 Diet, 7 Diet Day/Night Formula
  • 8 Factor Diet
  • 999 Fitness Essence
  • Acai Berry Soft Gel ABC 
  • Achieving Zero 
  • Advanced Slim 5 
  • Akttive Capsules, Akttive High Performance Fat Burner Gold Capsules 
  • Apple Slim by Apple Slim
  • A-Slim 100% Natural Slimming Capsule
  • Asset Bee Pollen, Asset Bold, Asset Extreme, Asset Extreme Plus 
  • Basha Nut 100% Fruit Soft Gel Capsules 
  • Be Inspired 
  • Beautiful Slim Body 
  • Bee Slim, Bee Thin 
  • Bella Vi Amp'd Up, Bella Vi BTrim Max, Bella Vi BTrim Ultimate Boost, Bella Vi Extreme Accelerator, Bella Vi Insane Amp'd, Bella Vi Insane Bee Pollen Capsules 
  • Best Line Suplemento Alimenticio 
  • Best Share Green Coffee: Brazilian Slimming Coffee 
  • Best Slim 
  • Bethel, Bethel 30 
  • Black Mamba Hyperrush 
  • Body Beauty 5 Days Slimming Coffee 
  • Body Creator
  • Body Shaping
  • Body Slimming
  • Botanical Slimming, Botanical Weight Loss, 
  • B-Perfect 
  • Burn 7 
  • Celerite Slimming Capsules, Celerite Slimming Tea
  • Citrus Fit Gold 
  • Classic Zi Xiu Tang Bee Pollen 
  • Cosmo Slim
  • DaiDaiHuaJiaoNang 
  • Diet Master 
  • Dr. Mao Slimming Capsules 
  • Dr. Ming's Chinese Capsule 
  • Dream Body Slimming Capsule 
  • EIGHT FACTOR DIET 
  • Elimulating Weight & Toxin Keeping Beauty 
  • Esbelin siloutte te and Esbelin siloutte Herbal Blend with L-Carnitine 
  • Esmeralda 
  • EVER Slim, EVER SLIM Shake Mix Chocolate, EVER SLIM Shake Mix Strawberry 
  • EVERLAX 
  • Extreme Body Slim 
  • Extrim Plus, Extrim Plus 24 Hour Reburn
  • Fasting Diet
  • Fatloss Slimming
  • Fresh Lemon Slimming
  • Fruit Plant Lossing Fat Capsule
  • Fruta Bio 
  • Fruta Planta
  • GMP
  • Goodliness Fat-Reducing Capsules 
  • Health Slimming Coffee 
  • Hot Detox 
  • Imelda Fat Reducer, Imelda Perfect Slim 
  • Infinity 
  • Ja Dera 100% Natural Weight Loss Supplement 
  • Japan Hokkaido Slimming Weight Loss Pills, Japan Lingzhi 24 Hours Diet, Japan Rapid Weight Loss Diet Pills Yellow, Japan Weight Loss Blue
  • Japanese Chinese Formula pill for weight reduction 
  • Jianfeijindan Activity Girl 
  • Jimpness Beauty Fat Loss Capsules 
  • JM Fat Reducer
  • La Jiao Shou Shen 
  • L-Carnitine Sob Strengthening Version Slimming Miracle Capsule 
  • Lean Body Extreme 
  • Leisure 18 Slimming Coffee 
  • Li Da Dai Dai Hua Slimming Capsule, Lida DaiDaihua
  • Lidiy
  • Lingzhi Cleansed Slim Tea 
  • Lipo 8 Burn Slim 
  • Lishou, Lishou Slimming Coffee 
  • Lite Fit USA 
  • Lose Weight Coffee
  • Magic Slim, Magic Slim Tea, Magic Slim Weight Reduction Capsule 
  • Maxi Gold 
  • MAXILOSS Weight Advanced, MAXILOSS Weight Advanced Blue 
  • Meili
  • Meizi Evolution, Meizi Super Power Fruits Herbal Slimming Formula 
  • Meizitang, Meizitang Botanical Slimming 100% Natural Soft Gel, Meizitang Citrus, Meizitang Strong Version Botanical Slimming 
  • METABOSLIM Apple Cider Vinegar 
  • Mezo 
  • Miaozi MeiMaoQuianZiJiaoNang, Miaozi Slim Capsules
  • Mince Belle
  • Mix Fruit Slimming 
  • Natural Body Solution 
  • Natural Model
  • NATUREAL 
  • New You 
  • One Weight Loss Pill
  • P57 Hoodia
  • Pai You Guo, Pai You Guo Slim Tea
  • Paiyouji Plus 
  • Perfect Body Solutions 
  • Perfect Combination Balishou Capsule
  • Perfect Slim, Perfect Slim 5x, Perfect Slim Up
  • PhentraBurn Slimming Capsules
  • Pineapple Fat Reducing Slimming Capsule
  • Pink Bikini and Shorts on the Beach Blue and Gold Edition 
  • Powerful Slim
  • ProSlim Plus
  • Reduce Weight
  • Royal Slimming Formula
  • Sana Plus 
  • Sheng Yuan Fang
  • Shou Fu Ti Tun Guo Xiang Xing Jian Fei Jiao Nang 
  • Shoufsy Activity Girl
  • Sit and Slim II 
  • Slender Slim 11
  • Slim 3 in 1, Slim 3 in 1 Extra Slim Formula, Slim 3 in 1 Extra Slim Waist Formula, Slim 3 in 1 M18 Diet, Slim 3 in 1 Slim Formula
  • Slim- 30 Herb Supplement, Slim-30 
  • Slim burn
  • Slim Expert
  • Slim Express 360, Slim Express 4 in 1
  • Slim Fast, Slim Fast 2 (Not the popular UK meal replacement Slim-Fast brand)
  • Slim Forte Double Power Slimming Capsules, Slim Forte Slimming Capsule, Slim Forte Slimming Coffee 
  • Slim Fortune 
  • Slim Max 
  • Slim Quick Result 3 in 1
  • Slim Tech
  • Slim Trim U 
  • Slim Up
  • Slim Vie 
  • Slim Waist Formula
  • Slim Waistline
  • Slim Xtreme, Slim Xtreme Herbal Slimming Capsule
  • Slimbionic
  • SlimDemand Capsules
  • Slimdia Revolution 
  • SlimEasy, SlimEasy Herbs Capsule 
  • SlimExtra Herbal Capsules 
  • Sliminate
  • Sliming (sic) Diet Berry Plus 
  • Sliming (sic) Diet By Pretty 
  • Sliming Diet 
  • Slim-K 
  • Slimming Beauty Bitter Orange Slimming Capsule 
  • Slimming Formula
  • Smart Lipo
  • Solo Slim, Solo Slim Extra Strength 
  • Somotrim
  • Strawberry Balance 
  • Super Extreme Accelerator 
  • Super Fat Burner
  • Super Fat Burning Bomb 
  • Super Slim 
  • Super Slimming Trim 2 Plus
  • Superior 
  • Superslim
  • Svelte 30 Capsules
  • Tengda 
  • Thinogenics 
  • Tianji True Slim 
  • Tip-Top Shape 
  • Tomato Slimming
  • Trim 2 Plus
  • Trim-Fast Slimming Softgel 
  • Triple Slim
  • Ultimate Formula Capsules 
  • Ultimate Herbal Slimcap 
  • Ultra ZX 
  • V26 Slimming Coffee 
  • Venom Hyperdrive 3.0
  • Vitaccino Coffee 
  • Waist Strength Formula
  • XIYOUJI QINGZHI CAPSULE 
  • Xsvelten
  • Zero Xtreme Capsules 
  • Zhen de Shou, Zhen De Shou Fat Loss

Conclusion

When it comes to weight loss, the best advice has got to be - eat healthily, watch your portion sizes, eat treat foods in moderation and count your calories so you know that you're getting what your body really needs. WLR can help you to do just that.

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Using the food diary and tools in WLR can help you lose weight without pills, and can provide the low calorie, low fat diet that most reputable slimming supplement manufacturers recommend. We'd advise keeping a food diary for a couple of weeks before making a decision about pills - many people find that just making a few, relatively minor, changes to their eating habits sets them on the path to sustainable weight loss. You can use the WLR food diary Free for 24 hours.

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Using the food diary and tools in WLR can help you lose weight without pills, and can provide the low calorie, low fat diet that most reputable slimming supplement manufacturers recommend. We'd advise keeping a food diary for a couple of weeks before making a decision about pills - many people find that just making a few, relatively minor, changes to their eating habits sets them on the path to sustainable weight loss. You can use the WLR food diary Free for 24 hours.

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