Health Desk—3 December 2017: Slimming pills bought online are “potentially dangerous” and can cause serious health problems, says the UK’s medicines watchdog.
Side-effects can include heart problems, blurred vision and diarrhoea, and some contain banned ingredients.
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said people should go to their GP for advice first.
A survey of 1,800 slimmers found one in three had bought pills online, with two-thirds experiencing side-effects.
Most of those questioned by the MHRA and Slimming World had bought online because they had wanted to lose weight quickly. About 40% said they had not wanted to speak to a GP or pharmacist.
Before buying, check if the seller is licensed to sell medicines online, through the following checking system.
“Herbal” or “all-natural” products can still contain chemical ingredients that may have side-effects
Contact the MHRA if you have experienced side-effects from a suspected fake product
Don’t self-diagnose - a doctor can work out the right treatment for you.