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Health Canada Advises Not To Use Slim 3in1

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Health Canada Advises Not To Use Slim 3in1

Health Canada is advising consumers not to use Slim 3in1 (Xiao Nan zhi Bao) due to concerns about possible side-effects.

Slim 3in1 (Xiao Nan zhi Bao) is promoted for weight loss.

Reason for Warning

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The Hong Kong Department of Health warned against the use of Slim 3in1 (Xiao Nan zhi Bao) because it was found to contain the undeclared pharmaceutical ingredients sibutramine and phenolphthalein.

Sibutramine is a prescription drug used in the treatment of obesity and it should only be used under the supervision of a health care professional. Phenolphthalein was previously used in over-the-counter laxative preparations but is currently prohibited in Canada as it may cause cancer. Individuals who may have been exposed to phenolphthalein should consult with their health care professional.

Possible Side-Effects

Unsupervised use of sibutramine may cause headaches, increased heart rate and blood pressure, chest pain and stroke.

Abuse of phenolphthalein-containing laxatives has been associated with stomach and intestinal bleeding, anemia, acute pancreatitis and, in cases of massive overdose, multiple organ damage (including liver failure).