We quite often see questions about various weight-loss products. So, this story might have real relevance.
Please, be very careful.
Mediator is the brand name for benfluorex.
France shaken by fresh scandal over weight-loss drug linked to deaths
Drug company boss faces manslaughter investigation as victims complain of delays in compensation
The amphetamine derivative Mediator was marketed to overweight diabetics but often prescribed to healthy women as an appetite suppressant when they wanted to lose a few pounds. According to the French health ministry it has killed at least 500 people from heart-valve damage, but other studies put the death toll nearer to 2,000. Thousands more complain of cardiovascular complications that have limited their daily lives.
Daniele Mourhlon, 71, a retired police administrator from Albi, had a thyroid problem when she was prescribed with Mediator to avoid gaining weight. She said: "Ironically I was actually never a person who carried extra weight. I had had three kids and people always said how slim I looked. I cooked healthily and loved long hikes. But I followed the doctor's orders and took Mediator three times a day for five years and it cut my appetite." But it had a terrible side-effect. "My kids said: 'Mum, you're speaking quietly, walking slowly.' It's as if I was on tranquilisers. They didn't think I was myself. They thought there was something odd about me." Mourhlon had to have open-heart surgery on three valves after damage from the drug. "Since then I'm very fragile. I'm dependent on medication. I have problems breathing and can't do even the smallest things. I can't do housework, I can't bend down. I can't hike any more. My life expectancy has been reduced. I'm angry with the pharmaceutical labs. I never would have taken it if I'd known."
<much more at link - only the thyroid-related bit has been quoted>
Specific pharmaceutical details, including other, related products such as Fenfluramine, Dexfenfluramine and Isomeride which had already been banned, are detailed here: