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Case Rep Emerg Med. 2015;2015:213874. doi: 10.1155/2015/213874. Epub 2015 Mar 11.

Herbal weight loss pill overdose: sibutramine hidden in pepper pill.

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Ankara Ataturk Training and Research Hospital, Bilkent Yolu 3. Km., Ankara, Turkey.
Department of Emergency Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Kocaeli University, Umuttepe Kampüsü, Kocaeli, Turkey.
Bilecik State Hospital, Gazipaşa Mahallesi Tevfikbey Caddesi No. 4, Bilecik, Turkey.


Supposedly herbal weight loss pills are sold online and are widely used in the world. Some of these products are found to contain sibutramine by FDA and their sale is prohibited. We report a case of a female patient who presented to the emergency department after taking slimming pills. 17-year-old female patient presented to the emergency room with palpitations, dizziness, anxiety, and insomnia. She stated that she had taken 3 pills named La Jiao Shou Shen for slimming purposes during the day. Her vital signs revealed tachycardia. On her physical examination, she was restless, her oropharynx was dry, her pupils were mydriatic, and no other pathological findings were found. Sibutramine intoxication was suspected. She was given 5 mg IV diazepam for restlessness. After supportive therapy and observation in emergency department for 12 hours there were no complications and the patient was discharged home. Some herbal pills that are sold online for weight loss have sibutramine hidden as an active ingredient, and their sale is prohibited for this reason. For people who use herbal weight loss drugs, sibutramine excessive intake should be kept in mind at all times.

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