The FDA has informed consumers not to use a weight-loss product called Fruta Planta because it has been associated with several heart attacks and one death.
The maker of the product, Kissimmee, Florida -based PRock Marketing, is recalling all lots of Fruta Planta and another product called Reduce Weight Fruta Planta. It is the same product, marketed under two different names.
FDA testing of the product found that the weight-loss product contains sibutramine, a drug that was pulled from the market in December for safety reasons. Sibutramine is known to increase blood pressure and pulse rate in some patients and may present a serious risk for those with a history of coronary artery disease,congestive heart failure, arrhythmias or stroke. Sibutramine also may interact in life-threatening ways with other medications a patient may be taking.
The FDA has received multiple reports of adverse events associated with the use of Fruta Planta.
Consumers should stop using the product immediately and throw it away in a sealed container so that animals and children cannot gain access to it. Consumers may reach the company at 877-225-1009 Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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