Dangerous Side Effects Linked to Weight Loss Supplements

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By of Kennedy Hodges, L.L.P. posted in Personal Injury on Wednesday, January 21, 2015.

A New York company is recalling one lot of weight loss supplements, called SLIM-K Capsules. The supplements were found to contain Sibutramine, demethylsibutramine, and Phenolphthalein. Sibutramine is an appetite suppressant that was removed from the U.S. market in 2010 because of a risk of heart attacks, strokes, and seizures. Phenolphthalein is not currently approved for use in the U.S. There are concerns about its link to cancer. 

Although it's likely that you have not used these capsules, you may have tried other weight loss supplements. A recent survey showed that about one in four Americans have used weight loss supplements. There are numerous types of weight loss supplements on the market that promise a variety of quick weight loss results. Many of these products contain natural-sounding ingredients such as green tea or green coffee beans.

You may believe that these products are natural and will be good for you in the long run, by helping you to lose extra pounds. However, about 90 percent of those who have tried weight loss supplements couldn't lose the weight they wanted and keep it off. About 50 percent of those who used the supplements had at least one side effect. The most commonly reported side effects were a faster heart rate, digestive issues, and feeling "jittery". In addition, many of the supplements whose ingredients are "natural" can cause serious side effects.

 

Hundreds of weight loss supplements have been recalled by the FDA, after being linked to heart problems, hepatitis, liver failure, and even death. If you have been harmed by a weight loss supplement, you have legal rights against the manufacturer. Contact the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 713-489-9493 to learn more about your options. You can also visit us on Twitter.

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