Personal injury lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm are warning consumers about Slim Xtreme Herbal Slimming Capsules, recently pulled from the market because they contain the dangerous ingredient sibutramine. Globe All Wellness is voluntarily recalling all lots of the weight loss supplements amid growing safety concerns and pressure from government agencies. The slimming capsules are falsely marketed as “safe” and “all natural,” but the FDA found that they actually contain sibutramine, an unapproved appetite suppressant known to increase blood pressure and pulse rates.
Slim Xtreme Herbal Slimming Capsules were sold and distributed nationwide via the internet and the company’s Florida headquarters. Consumers are advised to immediately stop using the product and throw it away. They should also on the lookout for negative side effects, such as anxiety, nausea, sleeplessness, and sore throat. More serious side effects include seizures, vision changes, and difficulty breathing.
Sibutramine poses an extreme danger to consumers, especially those with a history of cardiovascular disease. In October of 2010, Abbott Laboratories voluntarily recalled its popular Meridia diet pill after clinical trial data revealed increased heart attack and stroke risks. Meridia’s main active ingredient is sibutramine. Studies showed that Meridia users lost only a small amount of weight, but experienced a 16 percent increase in serious heart complications. These complications are responsible for at least 29 deaths between 1998 and 2002. The dangerous diet drug Meridia was also recalled in the United Kingdom, where more than 100 users experienced adverse reactions and at least two died. Additionally, Merida is banned in Canada, the European Union, and Australia.
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Not only is sibutramine linked to increased cardiovascular and stroke risk, it also reacts in life threatening ways with more than 800 other medications. Even healthy consumers experience negative side effects. Although the diet drug may lead to a very modest weight loss in some users, the risks far outweigh the benefits. Sibutramine is not approved by the FDA and should not be used in any dietary supplements or in combination with other drugs.
Despite the known health risks of sibutramine, the latest recall of Slim Xtreme Herbal Slimming Capsules proves that once again manufacturers are putting the public’s health at risk. Innocent consumers trying to lose weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle are being exposed to terrible side effects and potentially fatal heart problems. Another dietary supplement containing sibutramine, Slimming Beauty Bitter Orange Slimming Capsules, was also recalled in 2010. Like Slim Xtreme, this dangerous weight loss supplement was marketed as a natural, herbal weight loss remedy but users experienced elevated blood pressure and insomnia.
FDA tests have confirmed the dangers of sibutramine, especially for people with a history of coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, or congestive heart failure. Drug recall lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm are appalled that profit-driven drug manufacturers continue to put consumers at risk. Dietary supplements like Slim Xtreme Herbal Slimming Capsules labeled “all-natural” actually contain potentially fatal amounts of sibutramine. So far, no serious injuries have been reported by Slim Xtreme users, but the deadly consequences of sibutramine are clear from the number of heart-related Merida deaths. Users should be alert for negative side effects and seek help from an experienced drug recall attorney if they experience medical complications.