The Landesuntersuchungsamt (LUA) Rhineland-Pflaz warns against the slimming product “Slimix - Green coffee bean extract”, which is offered on the Internet. The capsules contain the two harmful active ingredients sibutramine and phenolphthalein.
Sibutramine can cause serious side effects such as high blood pressure and acute heart disease. If psychopharmaceuticals are taken at the same time, there is a risk of dangerous interactions. Deaths are also known. Phenolphthalein has a laxative effect and is said to lead to rapid weight loss. It was banned many years ago because of suspected carcinogenic side effects.
The two substances were contained in very different amounts in the capsules currently seized by customs and analyzed by the LUA, which suggests extremely questionable manufacturing conditions.
The information on the packaging is deceptive: the basis of the product is the “extract of green coffee beans”, it is a “healthy formula for weight loss”, it says in English.
In fact, “Slimix” is not a harmless natural product, but legally seen an unapproved drug that cannot be sold in Germany. The trade in such slimming capsules is a criminal offense under the Medicines Act, which can be punished with a prison sentence or a fine.
The LUA basically advises consumers against ordering slimming products on the Internet, because “Slimix” is just one of many dangerous products. An overview of all agents in which the LUA has proven dangerous active substances in the past years can be found here.