MHRA warns about slimming products containing ephedrine

Drug regulators have reiterated warnings over slimming products containing ephedrine.

Although slimming products containing the amphetamine are banned in the UK, people looking for a quick fix for their weight problems are buying the products from foreign internet sites.

The latest casualty of the products in a 36-year-old man in Denmark who died from a coronary thrombosis after taking Therma Power, which contains ephedrine and caffeine.

Strong warnings have subsequently been issued from the Danish Medicines Agency.

The MHRA also highlighted a recent case of respiratory arrest in a woman from the UK after taking just three tablets of a slimming product called Grenade Fat Burner.

A MHRA spokeswoman said: ‘If you have an underlying heart problem that you don't know about, [ephedrine] is going to exacerbate things.'

Middlesbrough GP Dr Bill Beeby, chairman of the GPC prescribing subcommittee, said: ‘It reflects a difficulty in controlling internet sales.'

rachel.liddle@haymarket.com

MHRA online

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