The Public Health Scientific Officer, Mphoyamodimo Mongati, has strongly warned the public against the use of a product called Best Share Green coffee.
Mongati explained that the product is from the USA and contains a hidden drug ingredient called sibrutramine.
Mongati said sibrutramine is known to substantially increase high blood pressure/pulse rate in some patients and presents a significant health risk for patients with a history of coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, and stroke.
“This product may also interact, in life- threatening ways, with other medications a consumer may be taking,” she added.
Mongati further said that although the product is said to be consumed for slimming purposes and has been labeled well, it has not indicated the hidden drug inside the product.
Quizzed about the extent of the damage the product may cause, Mongati said, “So far, the one person who came to alert us had uncontrolled high blood pressure but several people continue to raise complains by phone.”
Mongati said their tracing is on-going and two places found to be selling the product have been identified as being the African Mall and Molapo Crossing.
“We continue to do research so that when we take action by removing the product off the market we know where to start and consumers are alerting us,” Said Mongati.
She said the product could be removed any time but would not say when, pending further monitoring.
The Green Coffee, or Brazilian slimming coffee, is said to cost between P120 and P200.
Consumers are advised to stop using this product immediately and those who have experienced any negative side effects should consult a healthcare professional as soon as possible.