Where Have All The Slimming Pills Gone?

Looking for slimming pills? Don’t look too far, because virtually all the known slimming pills introduced over the last few decades have  all been banned or for restricted usage only. Whether its phentermine (Duromine, Adipex), ephedrine (Ephedra), rimonobant (Accomplia) or sibutramine (Reductil,Meridia) they’ve all fallen by the wayside due to their dangerous side-effects.


Impressive weight-loss ads often detract the consumer from the dangers of diet-pills



Duromine, one of the earliest slimming pills, is now indicated for short-term use only (I take it to mean less than 3 months) and can only be used in those who do not have a long list of medical conditions (see here). Since it is related to amphetamines (speed), it is very much a controlled substance and available only on doctors’ prescription.

Accomplia practically did not see the light of day, after it was banned within 2 years of use, after a significant percentage showed suicidal behaviour . I had written in an earlier posting here.

Latest to be banned in the US this month is sibutramine because of the high incidence of heart attacks and stroke. As I’ve said before, the Europeans seem to be more responsive and alert, having put this drug in cold storage since January this year.

However, the more worrying issue is that sibutramine has been found in several so-called herbal preparations. Examples include:

  • a Chinese herbal medicine, called “LiDa Dai Dai Hua Jiao Nang”, available on the Internet.
  • a Canadian product “The Slimming Coffee”.
  • In Malaysia, “Slimway Herbs” has been banned after earlier obtaining official approval.


Many Drinks and Herbal products contain sibutramine



So what drugs can be used safely?  Orlistat (sold as Xenical in prescription form and as Alli over the counter) is now the only prescription weight-loss drug approved for long-term use. The drawback of using this drug, as users will tell you, is that it “leaks” and stains trousers and clothing and wherever you sit down. The reason is that it works by preventing absorption of foods containing oil and fats, which then come out the other way (read “leaks out the other passage”!).

I guess the message is loud and clear – to lose weight, you have to fall back to good old diet and exercise!

7 responses

  1. Your last sentence is probably the most effective way to lose weight, despite all the diet pills and fad diets!

  2. […] an earlier posting that practically all slimming pills have been banned due to safety reasons (see Where Have All The Slimming Pills Gone Taking that obesity is a major healthcare issue worldwide, the pharma industry is racing to produce […]

  3. Hi doctor,

    how about Slim Diet II?this diet product is made from soy. SDII makes use of Protein Sparing Modified Fast concept. this product/program has been reviewed and tested by Dr peter Vash, Clinical Professor of Medicine at the UCLA Medical Center and Fellow of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, specializing in management and treatment for OBESITY.

    you can read general info about this programme here : http://www.mediafire.com/?aq7m5b95ygrj8ai

    Doctor2008: sorry, there’s not enough clinical studies for me to endorse it.

  4. i really want to try LiDa Dai Dai Hua Jiao Nang. is this safe pls dr??
    Doctor2008 says: If the product has not been approved by the local drug control authority, then I will not consider it safe.

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