January 2000 Issue

FDA Axes Dangerous Weight-Loss Supplement

Triax Metabolic Accelerator, marketed as an over-the-counter dietary supplement for weight loss and sold in health foods stores and over the Internet, is actually an unapproved drug containing a potentially dangerous thyroid hormone, according to the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA warns that the supplement can cause severe diarrhea, fatigue, lethargy, excessive weight loss, even heart attack and stroke. Several people have gotten sick from taking Triax or were found to have

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