Aug 31, 2010

Slimming Product Cautioned – Chinese Experts offer 3 Tips for Losing Weight

slimming_products Kong's Department of Health warned consumers on Friday not to buy or use Lexscl Fat Rapid Loss capsules, which contain undeclared Western drug ingredients that can cause side effects.

The department said that a 21-year-old woman who had taken the product, bought online, for two weeks sought medical treatment from a hospital on Feb. 16 because of hand tremors and heartbeat concerns.

The department checked samples of the product and found it contained sibutramine and thyroid hormones.

Sibutramine is an appetite suppressant. As it can cause increased blood pressure and heart rate, people with heart problems should not take it.

Thyroid hormones are used for the management of hypothyroidism. Known side-effects include hand tremors, subnormal activity of the thyroid gland, excessive sweating, headache and insomnia.

Products containing these drug ingredients can only be sold on a doctor's prescription and under supervision by a pharmacist.

The department has no record of the product having been imported into Hong Kong for sale or submitted for registration. The manager of the internet auction site concerned has been asked to remove the product.

Experts said weight control should be achieved by good diet and appropriate exercise. People should consult their doctors before using any drug for weight control.

Source: Xinhua


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