Dieters warned: don’t take Celerite Slimming

Celerite Slimming Capsules is sold on various websites (SUPPLIED)

UAE health authorities have warned people seeking to lose weight against using a new medicine called Celerite Slimming, saying it could cause a heart failure or stroke.

The ministry sent a circular to all hospitals, health centres and pharmacies, drawing their attention to a recent warning by the US medical authorities against the use of this slimming capsules.

“The circular warned users that this medicine poses a serious threat to theirlife,” 'Emarat Al Youm' newspaper said.

In a recent statement, the US Food and Drugs administration (FDA) said its laboratory analysis confirmed that Celerite Slimming Capsules contain sibutramine, a controlled substance that was withdrawn from the market in October 2010 for safety reasons.

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 or stroke, it said.

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

According to FDA, Celerite Slimming Capsules, marketed as a dietary supplement for weight loss, is sold on various websites. Claims made for the product falsely state that it is “safe” and an “all-natural herbal weight loss remedy,” it said.

“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.”

The statement warned that the product may present a significant risk for patients  with a history of coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, arrhythmias or stroke.
 

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