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Laboratory tests have revealed that an illegally marketed weight-loss drug contains ecstasy, the health ministry said on Sunday and warned against taking the pills.

The ministry also revealed in a statement that the “zero fat” pills contained traces of the active substance sibutramine, which is banned for sale due to its “cardiac side effects and psychotic side effects”.

“The Ministry of Health calls on the public to buy medicines, including diet pills only from pharmacies and pharmaceutical chains, and to refrain from buying the pills through unrecognized and unrecognized social networks and websites. monitored,” the statement said.

Ecstasy, or MDMA, is a mind-altering substance commonly used as a party and recreational drug that can cause high blood pressure and seizures, and affect the body’s ability to regulate its temperature.

Sibutramine was a widely sold obesity drug until 2010, when regulators around the world determined the ingredient posed a health risk.

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