Sibutramine was a prescription only medicine. Its marketing authorisation was withdrawn for safety reasons in January 2010 following a warning from the European Medicines Agency that it increased the risks of heart attacks and strokes. Several patients have reported suffering a range of side effects including palpitations, severe gastritis and abdominal pain as well as insomnia after taking these capsules.
Tests have revealed the herbal weight loss pill Herbal Flos Lonicerae contained more thatn twice the prescribed dose of sibutramine.
This weight loss product is believed to be widely available over the internet as well as in some traditional Chinese medicine outlets.
Anyone using this product currently should stop taking it and consult their healthcare professional immediately.