Hidden Drugs Found in Xtreme Fat Burner Capsules

Buyer Beware!

 It would be nice if all of us would adopt healthy lifestyles without feeling the need for over-the-counter (OTC) products promising fitness in a bottle. The trend for buying OTC performance enhancing drugs like fat burners continues to grow and there is big money to be made with these unregulated products. Too many people are putting the 'quick fix' before their health and not paying attention to potential harm caused by chugging down some capsules. Just because a supplement can be purchased online or on store shelves doesn’t spell safe or good for you. The recent public notification by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) about hidden drugs discovered in Xtreme Fat Burner Capsules should not only help you toss the bottle, but also motivate you to look for healthier ways to lose fat.

Hidden Ingredients Exposed

Unsafe Fat Burners
OTC Supplements are Not Always Safe. PeopleImages/Getty Images

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a warning October 23, 2015, advising consumers not to purchase or use Xtreme Fat Burner Capsules. Although the FDA is unable to analyze all supplements on the market, they did pull and lab test Xtreme Fat Burner Caps and confirmed the hidden ingredients phenolphthalein and sildenafil. Let’s expose what these ingredients are and the negative health risks that can happen when they are taken.

What is Phenolphthalein?

Phenolphthalein is a laxative ingredient
Phenolphthalein is a laxative ingredient linked to colon cancer. VikaValter Vetta/Getty Images

Phenolphthalein is a mild acid and typically used for medical treatment or scientific studies. We will be sticking to the medical side of phenolphthalein and you will be shocked to know it has been a common ingredient in over-the-counter (OTC) laxatives. In fact, 1997 was a bad year for the makers of Ex-Lax as many of their products were pulled off store shelves because it contained phenolphthalein. This acid chemical compound has been linked to increased colon cancer risk in both mice and humans. Many drug manufactures have replaced phenolphthalein with other acceptable laxative chemicals as a result of the study links to cancer. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), “phenolphthalein is a chemical that is not an active ingredient in any approved drug in the United States.” The scary part about this is why companies feel it necessary to add cancer-causing banned ingredients to their fat burners.

What is Sildenafil?

Sildenafil is the active ingredient in Viagra
Sildenafil is the active ingredient in Viagra. Peter Dazeley Photographer's Choice RF/Getty Images

Sildenafil is the active ingredient in the popular drug Viagra which is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and available through prescription. The purpose of sildenafil is to enhance sexual function by improving the vascular system in order to treat erectile dysfunction (ED). Many times other medical issues like hypertension, heart disease, or diabetes can be going on sending men to the doctor for ED treatment. The company makers of Xtreme Fat Burner failed to list sildenafil as one of the ingredients in their product which is unethical and does not allow consumers to be informed of side effects or possible interactions to other prescription drugs they may be taking. There is nothing good about the presentation of this product and it is amazing how things like this are happening under the radar. The best we can do as a consumer is always approach unregulated supplements with buyer beware and frequently check the FDA warning and medication fraud list.

Read the Xtreme Fat Burner Capsule Consumer Warning


U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Public Notification: Xtreme Fat Burner Capsules contain hidden drug ingredients, 10/23/15

U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Tainted Weight Loss Products List, Information for Consumers

Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Phenolphthalein Laxatives and Risk of Cancer, Patricia F. Coogan et al., 9/13/00

Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology, Phenolphthalein Metabolite Inhibits Catechol-O-methyltransferase-Mediated Metabolism of Catechol Estrogens: A Possible Mechanism for Carcinogenicity, C.Edwin Garner et al., 1/15/2000

American Journal of Hypertension, Effect of sildenafil in patients with erectile dysfunction taking antihypertensive therapy, Robert A. Kloner et al., 3/16/00

Reviews in Urology, Four-Year Review of Sildenafil Citrate, Andrew R McCullough, MD, 2002

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