Slimming weight loss pills are generally meant to help people shed their extra flesh, however, with this notification FDA is responding heavily with a Weight Loss Pill “Hokkaido” which is originally manufactured in Japan, a country which is well known for its old and traditional knowledge. With its latest notification the federal agency has banned companies promoting and marketing this “Hokkaido Slimming Weight Loss Pills” across the United States. The agency has also urged the consumers and customers not to use these products as they contain some harmful drug ingredients. Various laboratory experiments performed by the FDA have confirmed that these slimming pills contain drug ingredient called “sibutramine” which has been recalled and banned by the FDA in the year 2010 due to the adverse reaction that it may cause to the human body.

Sibutramine is an oral anorexiant, which 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incidences came into light that linked this drug ingredient to increased cardiovascular events and strokes and has been withdrawn from the markets of various countries. Some of the major countries where this drug ingredient was recalled and banned are:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • China
  • The European Union
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Mexico
  • New Zealand
  • Thailand
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

This drug ingredient is a centrally-acting serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor structurally related to amphetamines, although its mechanism of action is distinct. According to the FDA “Sibutramine” is known to substantially increase pulse rate and blood pressure in individuals using it. Because of this it may pose a significant risk for patients with a history of coronary artery disease, stroke, congestive heart failure and arrhythmias. The drug ingredient interacts readily with other chemical and salts leading to life-threatening incidences.

Viewing the severity of these slimming pills and dietary supplements FDA has appealed consumers to stop using it and in case of emergency advised them to consult a health care professional without delay. Patients, doctors and health care professionals are encouraged to report adverse events or side effects related to the use of these products to FDA’s MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program.

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

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

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