Slimming Coffee Warning

A product sold as a weight-loss coffee that claims to slim drinkers is being labeled as dangerous by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is Vitaccino, which is said to contain an ingredient that was pulled from the market in 2010 due to the risk of stroke and heart attack that it carries. The coffee includes sibutramine, which was sold as a drug that went by the brand name Meridia, a weight-loss drug.

The FDA confirmed that the drug was included in Vitaccino. Previously, the organization also determined that sibutramine was included in over 30 different weight-loss supplements since January 2013. This included capsules, powders and other coffee drinks that promised a slimming effect.

Sibutramine was marketed as Meridia in the United States before being removed from the market in 2010. It was believed to carry very serious side effects, particularly when mixed with a variety of prescription medications. It is considered to be even more serious for individuals with heart conditions. A clinical trial dubbed SCOUT was performed to test sibutramine and the effects it carried. The tests showed that taking the drug increased the risk of a major cardiac event occurring in the individual, including non-fatal stroke, non-fatal heart attack, and cardiac arrest that led to death. In some instances, subjects who suffered a major cardiac event were successfully resuscitated. The numbers revealed that these incidents occurred in patients who were given Meridia as opposed to those who took a placebo.

Vitaccino coffee is marketed as an “herbal weight loss formula.” It has been said to work by turning “extra body fat into fatty acids.” The product is generally sold online at a variety of retailers, including the company’s website and Facebook page, as well as Amazon.com.

The FDA released a statement about Vitaccino warning that it carries a large threat to consumers as a result of the known health risks of taking sibutramine, particularly for individuals who have a history of stroke, arrhythmia, coronary artery disease, and congestive heart failure. It further warns that consuming the product while taking other prescription drugs can result in potentially life-threatening side effects.

If you have taken a weight-loss supplement and experienced adverse side effects, it is imperative that you contact your doctor and report it to the FDA’s MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program. To do this, you can either call 800-332-1088 to request a form or do so online at http://www.fda.gov/safety/MedWatch/HowToReport/default.htm.

Source: http://www.cleveland.com/healthfit/index.ssf/2014/03/vitaccino_slimming_coffee_cont.html