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FDA warns of using weight loss product Fat Zero

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WASHINGTON (WCIV) -- The Food and Drug Administration issued an advisory this week recommending people avoid Fat Zero, a weight loss product that is available online and in some stores because it contains an unsafe ingredient.

According to the FDA, Fat Zero contains sibutramine, a controlled substance that was taken off the market nearly three years ago for safety reasons.

The agency says the drug could substantially reduce blood pressure or pulse rate in some people and could become a serious risk for people 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 consumer may be taking," the FDA said in a release.

The FDA says people with the product should immediately stop using it and throw it away.

"Consumers who have experienced any negative side effects should consult a health care professional as soon as possible," the agency added.

Health care professionals and patients are encouraged to report adverse events or side effects related to the use of these products to the FDA's MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program:
  • Complete and submit the report Online: www.fda.gov/MedWatch/report.htm
  • Download form or call 1-800-332-1088 to request a reporting form, then complete and return to the address on the pre-addressed form, or submit by fax to 1-800-FDA-0178
According to the FDA, there is a growing trend of supplements or foods with hidden drugs and chemicals. The agency says while the products are advertised as being good for sexual enhancement, weight loss or body building, they could be damaging to a person's health.

Often the representation that the products are "all natural" is not true, the FDA said.

"The FDA is unable to test and identify all products marketed as dietary supplements on the market that have potentially harmful hidden ingredients. Consumers should exercise caution before purchasing any product in the above categories," the FDA said.
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