FDA Tells Consumers To Avoid 4 Weight-Loss Supplements

By Greg Ryan (January 30, 2014, 6:29 PM EST) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned consumers on Tuesday against using four weight-loss supplements, including three that contain a substance known to dangerously increase users' blood pressure, particularly for those with heart problems.

Citrus Fit Gold, Hot Detox and Thinogenics supplements all contain sibutramine, a drug ingredient that was taken off the market in October 2010 because it was found to be unsafe, according to the FDA. The substance poses a significant risk to users with coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, arrhythmias and stroke, it said.

The agency discovered the ingredient in the supplements through laboratory tests. The products...

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