2 young Singaporeans are in hospital after consuming weight loss pills they bought online.
A teenager and a man in his 20s have both been hospitalised after purchasing and consuming a weightloss product they purchased online. Both incidents were reported to authorities after a teenager had experienced hallucinations for more than a month after consuming the weight loss product Nutri Drops Grapefruit Diet. The other victim, the male in his 20s suffered from acute kidney failure after consuming Nutrex Research Adipodex.
The HSA has issued a public warning to keep anyone else from suffering the ill effects of these supposed weight loss products after the two incidents were reported and tested on.
Nutri Drops Grapefruit Diet was revealed to contain potent and undeclared chemical ingredients. The ingredients – sibutramine, benzyl sibutramine (a weight loss drug that has been banned in Singapore since 2010 due to serious safety concerns.) and phenolphthalein. The product claimed to only use natural ingredients that helped with weight loss in seven miraculous ways.
Nutrex Research Adipodex, sold virtually as a weight loss wonder drug was found to contain yohimbine, a potent western medicinal ingredient prohibited for consumption and sale in Singapore.
Authorities have also reminded anyone who’s selling these products that an investigation is currently ongoing and anybody caught peddling these illegal pills may face a fine of up to $10,000 and a jail term of 2 years under the poisons act or a fine of up to $5000 and a jail term of 2 years under the medicines act.
Anyone who’s currently taking these supplements should stop immediately as they pose a severe health risk and should consult their doctors immediately before further ailments surface. In a society where appearances have become an important spectrum it is wise to take note that with all things in life there are no shortcuts.
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