Warning about supposedly herbal products

24.06.2020

Recently, an increasing number of supposedly herbal teas, herbal capsules and natural liquid concentrates have been available for sale online and on social media for purposes including weight loss or to treat erectile dysfunction. Some consumers have suffered severe side effects after using certain products.

Analysis of various samples in the Swissmedic laboratory revealed that certain products – contrary to the declaration on the packaging – are not purely herbal or natural.

The individual samples instead contained various undeclared synthetic pharmaceutical substances in a pharmacologically active dosage or even massive overdosage.

Swissmedic is issuing an urgent warning regarding slimming products and other supposedly natural products, particularly from Asia, that are marketed in the form of tea, instant drinks or “natural” capsules. As a general rule, it warns against obtaining any medicinal products or medical devices from unknown sources on the internet or from social networks.

Examples of products in which Swissmedic detected undeclared ingredients with a pharmacological effect in the samples tested:

Product Undeclared ingredient(s) Image

Teff Tohumlu Cay

Mixed Herbal Tea

Sibutramine4

Phenolphthalein1

Sennoside1

(Test report of July 2019)

 

Esillaa

Elma-Apple

Lidocaine2 and Sildenafil3

(Test report of 20.02.2020)

Esillaa

Live beautiful

Sibutramine4

(Test report of 20.02.2020 and 3.10.2019)

Esillaa

Mango

Lidocaine2 and Sildenafil3

(Test report of 20.02.2020)

Alpiflor Tea

Sibutramine4

(Test report of 20.02.2020)

HAVYCO-Vy&Tea

Sibutramine4

(Analysis result of January 2020)

Cherry

detox tea

Fluoxetine5 und Phenolphthalein1

(Test report of 19.12.2019)

Maxman

Sildenafil3

(Test report of 09.12.2019)

Black Ant

Sildenafil3

(Test report of 09.12.2019)

NewQueen

Sibutramine4

(Test report of 15.08.2019)

Li Da

Fluoxetine5

(Test report of 31.07.2019)

Happy Night Energy Chocolate

Sildenafil3

(Test report of 19.09.2018)

Hilti gold (Paste)

Sildenafil3

(Test report of 19.09.2018)

Epimedyumlu Macum (Paste)

Sildenafil3

(Test report of 19.09.2018)

Festal chocolate bar

Sildenafil3

(Test report of 11.04.2018)

Hilti gold (capsules)

Sildenafil3

(Test report of 11.04.2018)

Liquid XXX plus

Hydroxythiohomosildenafil3

(Test report of 10.04.2018)

1 Laxative
2 Local anaesthetic
3 Erectile stimulant
4 Slimming product
5 Psychotropic agent