photoThe Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising consumers not to purchase or use “Slim Xtreme Herbal Slimming Capsule,” a product for weight loss sold on various websites and distributed by Globe All Wellness.  The company falsely claims on the label that the product is “100% natural.”      

The FDA says its laboratory analysis confirmed that “Slim Xtreme Herbal Slimming Capsule” contains sibutramine.  Sibutramine is a controlled substance that was withdrawn from the U.S. market in October 2010 for safety reasons. 

The product poses a threat to consumers because sibutramine is known to substantially increase blood pressure and/or pulse rate in some patients and may present a significant risk for patients with a history of coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, arrhythmias, and stroke. 

This product may also interact in life-threatening ways with other medications a consumer may be taking.

Consumers should stop using this product immediately and throw it away.  Consumers who have experienced any negative side effects should consult a health care professional as soon as possible.