The health regulatory body in Britain has warned the population not to buy herbal slimming remedies online since they contain drugs that are dangerous and have been banned across the continent.
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) revealed that people are buying herbal slimming remedies such as Instant Slim and Sport Burner which are being sold online.
However the agency warned that the products contained the banned prescription-only drug sibutramine which has been found to increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
MHRA's group manager for herbal medicines policy, Richard Woodfield warned that just because herbal medicines contain some natural extracts, they should not be assumed to be safe. "We urge people not to take any slimming medicines or products bought online without consulting with a pharmacist or doctor as they risk being supplied with medicines that are not safe or not suitable for them to use", he said, adding that people should buy only those herbal products that come with Traditional Herbal Registration (THR) logo.