The Food and Drug Administration in its latest notification has appealed to consumers and customers to stop using “Best Share Green Coffee”, the Brazilian Slimming Coffee that was being widely used by consumers in United States to shed extra weight from their body. Before this notification, the mentioned slimming coffee was sold and promoted through various retail outlets and websites. The website that is well known for selling these coffee products is www.houseofmonet.com.

Like other slimming pills and dietary supplements the product contains “Sibutramine” a drug ingredient that was recalled from theUnited Statesmarket due to its adverse impact on human body. According to the federal agency Sibutramine is an oral anorexiant that usually comes in the form of hydrochloride monohydrate salt and is being widely prescribed and marketed as an adjunct in the treatment of exogenous obesity along with diet and exercise.

However, after the drug was approved various events and incidences came into light that linked this drug ingredient to increased cardiovascular events and strokes and has been withdrawn from the markets of various countries like Australia, India China, Indonesia, United States of America, United Kingdom, Mexico and New-Zealand.

The agency has established that the active drug ingredient sibutramine is well known not only for increasing blood pressure and pulse rate in the human body but also for interacting actively with other drugs than can cause various health concerns. The patients who are suffering from diseases like coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, arrhythmias, or stroke are more susceptible to adverse reaction with this drug ingredient and hence extra care needs to be taken by them.

Some of the non-serious side effects that patients can experience with sibutramine are:

  • Nausea
  • Upset stomach
  • Strange taste in mouth
  • Dry mouth
  • Sudden increased appetite
  • Upset stomach
  • Constipation
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Menstrual cramps/pain
  • Headache
  • Joint/muscle pain

Viewing the severity of the adverse effects that these slimming coffee can brings in the agency has appealed people to stop using it without any delay and in case they suffer any adverse effect they need to report to their nearest medical practitioner.

Patients and health care professionals can report adverse events or side effects related to the use of the products to FDA‘s MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program.