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Planning to consume fruta planta, want to curb apetite. Can it be used at times?

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I am considering using fruta planta - however I am emptying the capsule and taking only 1/3 its contents. Do you think this will cause great harm? I only want a little help to curb my appetite to get me started on excercise and diet. I don't intend on using each day just alternate days if i feel i need more assistance to curb appetite. the company I purchased is the Original product not manuf in Fla, etc. I am generally in excellent health with no medication whatsoever!
Posted Tue, 17 Jul 2012 in Weight Loss
 
 
Answered by Dr. Anil Grover 3 hours later
Hi XXXXXXX,
Thanks for writing in.
I am a cardiologist and read your question with diligence. I see far too many patients with weight problem. I am genuinely interested if the drug is effective. Do let me know at my personal email id is YYYY@YYYY
As to your original question, so far we do not know the contents, the absorption pattern, bio availability, pharmacokinetics (how a drug behaves in body) pharmacodynamics (how body behaves to drug) except from the sources published by the drug manufacturers. There are no independent trials. I am not trying to dissuade you. Personally, as a cardiologist, I believe that drug has no adverse effects. So to answer your question I will say, that packaging of such drugs is not to facilitate their absorption in intestines so these are in stomach acid resistant capsule and get released in intestine. So, if you want to take one third go ahead as you had explained. However, for the drugs meant to bypass the stomach by acid resistant capsules; yet you want to take part of the dose. You will have to procure shells of such capsules which are available with the drug stores of regular medicines. A pharmacist can help you in procuring these. That would be scientific way. Here I want to draw a 18 months old press release of FDA. I do not have any personal comments.

- FDA PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release: Dec. 31, 2010
Media Inquiries: XXXXXXX DeLancey, YYYY@YYYY , 301-796-4668
Consumer Inquiries: 888-INFO-FDA

FDA warns consumers not to use Fruta Planta weight loss products
All Fruta Planta products being recalled by maker because it contains sibutramine

Fast Facts

PRock Marketing LLC, of Kissimmee, Fla., is recalling all lots of Fruta Planta and Reduce Weight Fruta Planta. This is a single product marketed under two brand names. (See Fruta Planta label)1
FDA testing confirmed that Fruta Planta contains sibutramine, a drug withdrawn from the market in December 2010 for safety reasons.
The FDA has received multiple reports of adverse events associated with the use of Fruta Planta and Reduce Weight Fruta Planta, including several cardiac events and one death.
Consumers should stop using this product immediately and throw it away in a sealed container where children and animals cannot gain access to it. Consumers who have experienced any negative side effects should consult a health care professional as soon as possible.

What is the Problem?

PRock Marketing LLC, is voluntarily recalling all lots of Fruta Planta and Reduce Weight Fruta Planta because FDA testing determined that the product contains sibutramine. Sibutramine is a drug that was withdrawn from the market in December 2010 for safety reasons2. The FDA has received multiple reports of adverse events associated with the use of Fruta Planta and Reduce Weight Fruta Planta, including several cardiac events and one death.

What are the Symptoms of Illness/Injury?

Fruta Planta and Reduce Weight Fruta Planta poses a threat to consumers because sibutramine is known to increase blood pressure and/or pulse rate in some patients and may present a serious risk for patients with a history of coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, arrhythmias or stroke. Sibutramine may also interact in life-threatening ways with other medications a consumer may be taking.

What Do Consumers Need To Do?

Consumers should stop using this product immediately. Consumers who have experienced any negative side effects should consult a health care professional as soon as possible. PRock Marketing’s recall notice recommends that consumers throw the product away in a sealed container where children and animals cannot gain access to it or return it to the company. Consumers may reach the company at 000-000-0000 Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Health care professionals and patients are encouraged to report adverse events or side effects related to the use of this product to the FDA's MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program by:

Completing and submitting the adverse report Online: WWW.WWWW.WW Downloading the pre-addressed, postage-paid FDA Form 3500 4(or calling 1-800-332-1088 to request the form), completing it and faxing it to 1-800-FDA-0178; or
Mailing the completed form to MedWatch 5600 Fishers XXXXXXX Rockville, MD 0000.

What Does the Product Look Like?

Fruta Planta and Reduce Weight Fruta Planta is available in 30-capsule boxes. (See Fruta Planta label)5

Where is it Distributed?

Fruta Planta and Reduce Weight Fruta Planta is sold online at and other online retailers.

Who Should be Contacted?

PRock Marketing’s recall notice recommends that consumers destroy the product or return it to the company. Consumers may reach the company at 000-000-0000 Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
---End of the Press Release---
If you have any further query, as we had digressed from your main question. Please write I shall be most happy to answer. Regards.
Best Wishes

Dr Anil Grover,
Cardiologist
M.B.;B.S, M.D. (Internal Medicine) D.M.(Cardiology)
http://www/ WWW.WWWW.WW


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Follow-up: Planning to consume fruta planta, want to curb apetite. Can it be used at times? 1 hour later
Thank You. I have opened the capsule and emptied more than 1/2 - using the same capsule it comes in! The company I purchased it from says in their literature online that it does not contain stimulates nor Sibutramine and does not affect high blood pressure (my pressure is normal 125/83) I am going to take the 1/3 portion which I resealed in capsule and monitor my body - I'm intuned to reactions - and I trust their statements are true at this date! I thank you very much I will approach this with caution and if it works - i will gradually increase the capsule contents little by little. Thanking you for your time. XXXXXXX
 
 
Answered by Dr. Anil Grover 28 minutes later
Hello,

Why don't you take by dividing contents of one in 3 capsules using 2 empty gastric acid resistant shells. In any case the FDA named content used to be taken as tablet form, so your original idea is good enough.

I support the idea of motivation by using less of relatively unknown drug so long as it is not overused. If you have no more query may I request the query with comments. Thank you, have a nice evening.

With Best Wishes.

Dr Anil Grover,
Cardiologist
M.B.;B.S, M.D. (Internal Medicine) D.M.(Cardiology)
http://www/ WWW.WWWW.WW
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