Consumers should think twice before purchasing weight loss supplements, particularly Oxy Elite Pro, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned on Friday. According to Youth Health, a sample of Oxy Elite Pro shipped from a different country was found to have fluoxetine.
Oxy Elite Pro, like many weight loss supplements, is a type of thermogenic. This means that it tries to boost the body’s metabolism and burn fat by increasing the body’s internal heat.
Fluoxetine, sold under the brand name Prozac, is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSR) used to treat disorders such as depression, bulimia, panic disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder. Some patients may also take it for premenstrual dysphonic disorder. The FDA has not approved fluoxetine for weight loss. The drug is a medication meant to treat serious mental disorders and should not be taken nonchalantly. There are a number of serious side effects associated with fluoxetine, including seizures and abnormal bleeding when taken long term. Some patients have reported suicidal thoughts when taking the drug.
Contraindications for fluoxetine include people taking ibuprofen and aspirin. People undergoing chemotherapy or who have a blood clot and heart conditions should not take fluoxetine. Serious side effects can include irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) and subsequent death.
USPLabs, the company that markets Oxy Elite Pro, says that the FDA tested a counterfeit product. They claim that production was seized in 2013. However, the company acknowledges that the product is still being sold by some people online.