Some of the weight loss products listed below claim to be “natural” or to contain only “herbal” ingredients.

The FDA found they actually contain potentially harmful ingredients not listed on the product labels or in promotional advertisements.

Some of these products include sibutramine (Meridia; a prescription weight loss product), rimonabant (Acomplia; used for weight loss but not approved for sale in the US), phenytoin (Dilantin; an anti-seizure medicine), and phenolphthalein (a solution used in chemical experiments and a suspected cancer causing agent).

Some of the amounts of active pharmaceutical ingredients exceed the FDA-recommended levels, putting consumers’ health at risk.

  • 2 Day Diet
  • 3 Day Diet
  • 3x Slimming Power
  • 5x Imelda Perfect Slimming
  • 7 Day Herbal Slim
  • 7 Diet Day/Night Formula
  • 8 Factor Diet
  • 999 Fitness Essence
  • Extrim Plus
  • Fatloss Slimming
  • GMP
  • Imelda Perfect Slim
  • Japan Lingzhi  24 Hours Diet
  • Lida DaiDaihua
  • Miaozi Slim Capsules
  • Perfect Slim
  • Perfect Slim 5x
  • Phyto Shape
  • ProSlim Plus
  • Royal Slimming Formula
  • Slim 3 in 1
  • Slim Express 360
  • Slimtech
  • Somotrim
  • Superslim
  • TripleSlim
  • Venom Hyperdrive 3.0
  • Zhen de Shou

The bottom line?
These products are not approved by the FDA, are illegal and may be potentially harmful to unsuspecting consumers.

12/23/08 10:00 JR

Hi, I’m JR

John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.