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Warning of dangerous slimming products, sexual enhancers and fitness pills from the Internet

The Consumer Advice Center North Rhine-Westphalia tested the ingredients of slimming products, fitness products and potency supplements sold online with a terrifying result: numerous products contained banned and / or harmful substances.

According to the consumer advice center, many of the preparations advertised as natural products contain active ingredients that are not recognizable to the consumer, such as sibutramine, tadalafil, ephedrine or amphetamine. In addition, there was no clear information on the ingredients on most packaging, which violates the labeling requirements that apply in Germany. The existing descriptions in English or even Chinese are not sufficient under German law and make it virtually impossible for consumers to understand the risks associated with consumption, according to the consumer center. The products, marketed under verbose names such as AnaPhen HardCore, Super Lover, or Passion Plus, represent a significant risk to health in the opinion of consumer advocates.

Illegal and extremely harmful substances The market for the alleged miracle drugs seems huge and thousands of customers regularly fall for the completely exaggerated promises of beauty, fitness, slimming, anti-aging and potency agents, reports the Consumer Center North Rhine-Westphalia. But not only that the preparations usually do not have the desired effect, they often also have considerable side effects, which in the worst case can have fatal consequences, the experts explained. In the test purchases, almost a third of the food supplements of foreign origin contained illegal and highly harmful substances, the consumer center said in Düsseldorf on Wednesday. Nevertheless, online trade in miracle drugs is booming, and at prices of around 30 euros per pack, this is now a billion dollar business, explained consumer advocates.

Slimming, potency and fitness preparations contain risky active ingredients. On behalf of the North Rhine-Westphalia Consumer Advice Center, test buyers purchased 70 foreign anti-aging, slimming, potency enhancement and fitness products online, the ingredients of which were then analyzed. All articles were declared to be purely "natural" food supplements, but often contained prohibited and risky medicines, according to the consumer advocates. According to this, corresponding substances were contained in 13 of 21 agents for weight loss, eight of 13 agents for libido and potency enhancement and six of 21 fitness products. The most dangerous ingredients included active ingredients such as sibutramine or tadalafil and stimulants such as ephedrine and amphetamine, the consumer advocates reported. For example, taking the drug sibutramine, which is not approved in the EU, is accompanied by side effects such as high blood pressure, headache, an increased heart rate and even cardiac arrhythmias, nausea and vomiting, the experts explained. In addition, sibutramine can cause acute heart diseases and cause dangerous interactions when taking psychotropic drugs (antidepressants, neuroleptics). Because of the impending side effects, patients with hyperthyroidism, angina pectoris, sleep disorders, high blood pressure, epilepsy, cardiac arrhythmias and disorders of the liver and kidney function should under no circumstances use sibutramine, the experts warn.

Miracle cure with worst-case fatal side effects The tadalafil contained in supposedly purely herbal potency preparations can cause a circulatory collapse if medication is wrong, the consumer advocates explained. And the stimulants, which were contained in numerous fitness products, exploit the body's energy reserves and can thus lead to complete exhaustion, muscle blockages and dehydration, the experts explained. In the worst case, according to consumer protection groups, an overdose can lead to fatal health problems. According to the consumer advice center, the phenolphthalein contained in some weight loss preparations is potentially carcinogenic. It is particularly problematic that most of the products have no or no German information on the ingredients, the experts explained. Nine out of ten products should not have been offered or sold in Germany at all due to serious labeling defects. For a quarter of the products, the information was not available in German but only "in English or literally in technical Chinese", according to the consumer advice center of North Rhine-Westphalia. In addition, four out of five tested dietary supplements lacked the warnings for taking prescribed by European law.

Billion-dollar business with miracle drugs According to the Consumer Advice Center North Rhine-Westphalia, numerous providers use the cloak of the Internet to “bring foreign food supplements with banned substances to the German market unhindered.” It seems questionable that “although the providers all stated that they had their headquarters abroad, half of the samples ordered were delivered from a German location, ”explained the consumer advocates. So resourceful German businessmen apparently use the opportunity to earn a lot in the billion dollar business. In order to suggest the effectiveness and safety of the miracle cure to the consumer, some providers do not shy away from using "unabashedly wrong quality seals - for example from Stiftung Warentest or the local pharmacies", warned the consumer center. The experts therefore called for more consistent monitoring of online trade in the alleged miracle cures, as well as more efficient tracking and punishment of all violations. Since the products were also purchased from the testers on online platforms such as eBay or Amazon, they were also asked to act and should check the goods they offer, the consumer advocates explained. (fp)

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