The government of Belize today issued a consumer alert on the dangers of three drugs that contain ingredients that could pose severe health risks. The statement from the Ministry of Health names the drugs as: “Slim Forte Slimming Capsules,” Slim Forte Slimming Coffee,” and “Botanical Slimming Soft Gel.” The public health alert says that these drugs contain what is described as undeclared drug ingredients, namely Sibutramine. Sibutramine, according to the government statement, is a controlled substance that was removed from the US market in October of 2010 for safety reasons. The Ministry of Health says that these three products are being sold n various websites and distributed by Inner Charm, Incorporated. If consumed, these products pose a threat to consumers because the Ministry of Health says that Sibutramine is known to substantially increase blood pressure and or pulse rate in some patients and may present significant risk for patients with a history of coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure or stroke. Anyone is possession of any of these products is advised to immediately stop taking them and dispose of the product. Consumers who may have experienced any negative side effects of any of these drugs are strongly urged to consult with a health care professional as soon as possible. The official statement ends by advising members of the general public that before using any weight loss products that they should first consult a doctor to verify if the medicine is safe.

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