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OxyElite Pro Found to Contain Prozac

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OxyElite Pro Found to Contain Prozac

OxyElite Pro Found to Contain Prozac


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) told consumers on February 28 to be extra vigilant when purchasing weight loss supplements, specifically mentioning OxyElite Pro, which was found to contain a powerful antidepressant drug.

OxyElite Pro is a thermogenic supplement. It is designed to boost metabolism and burn fat, but it increases the body’s internal temperature.

In a statement viewed by YourHealthMag.com, the agency said the product health officials tested arrived from another country. The analysis found that one of the major ingredients in the supplement is fluoxetine, a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant that is approved only to treat bulimia, panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), depression and other psychiatric disorders. It is sometimes prescribed to treat premenstrual dysphonic disorder (PMDD). Fluoxetine is sold under the name brands Prozac and Sarafem.

Fluoxetine is a very strong drug that is known to cause serious side effects. Long-term use can cause seizures, abnormal bleeding and suicidal thoughts. It also has contraindications, particularly if someone is also taking ibuprofen and aspirin. People undergoing chemotherapy or who have been diagnosed with a blood clot or a heart condition can experience especially dangerous side effects while taking fluoxetine. In extreme cases, the antidepressant can result in arrhythmia or irregular heartbeat, according to YourHealthMag.com.

USPLabs, the manufacturer of OxyElite Pro, responded to the FDA’s warning by saying the batch that the agency tested was counterfeit. The company seized its production in 2013, though the last batch had an expiration date of 2016. The lot number cited by the FDA did not appear in any of the company’s records. Some of the product, however, may still be available for purchase online, YourHealthMag.com reported.

In 2013, OxyElite Pro was linked to 24 cases of acute, non-viral hepatitis in Hawaii. Of these, 11 required hospitalization; two people had to have liver transplants and one person died. All of the cases involved young to middle-age adults who suddenly fell ill and needed to be hospitalized in various stages of liver failure. The only thing the patients had in common was that they took OxyElite Pro to lose weight or build muscle.

breakinglawsuitnews.com disclaimer: This article: OxyElite Pro Found to Contain Prozac was posted on Wednesday, March 4th, 2015 at 3:40 pm at breakinglawsuitnews.com and is filed under Fraud Lawsuits, Other Lawsuits, Personal Injury Lawsuits, Product Liability Lawsuits.

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