Fruta Planta weight-loss products dangerous, FDA recall warns

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Fruta Planta products under recall because they contain banned drug sibutramine.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has received multiple reports of adverse reactions to the products Fruta Planta and Reduce Weight Fruta Planta, and warns consumers not to use these weight-loss products. Adverse effects reported to the FDA include several cardiac events and one consumer death. All of the Fruta Planta products are currently being recalled by maker PRock Marketing LLC, of Kissimmee, FL. This is a single product marketed under the dual names "Fruta Planta" and "Reduce Weight Fruta Planta," the FDA recall release indicated.

FDA tests have confirmed that Fruta Planta products contain sibutramine, a drug withdrawn from the U.S. market in Dec. 2010 over safety concerns. Consumers should stop using Fruta Planta products immediately, the FDA warns, and throw it away in a sealed container so that children and animals cannot gain access to it.

Consumers who have used Fruta Planta and who have experienced any negative effects should consult a health care professional as soon as possible, the FDA advises. Symptoms include an increase in blood pressure and/or increase in pulse rate. The drug sibutramine, which is in the products, can present serious risk for consumers with a history of coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, arrhythmias or stroke, and may also interact negatively with medications a consumer make be taking.

Fruta Planta and Reduce Weight Fruta Planta are distributed in 30-capsule boxes, and are sold online at www.frutaplanta.com and at other online retailers.

Consumers with questions may reach PRock Marketing at 877-225-1009, Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. (ET).

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