Over-the-counter weight loss pills and supplements like the SlimQuick Female Fat Burner make tempting promises in order to separate you from your money, according to the Mayo Clinic. In addition to setting you up with unrealistic expectations, weight loss products contain ingredients that can be harmful, especially if you have an underlying medical condition. Before embarking on a regimen that includes a weight loss supplement, talk to your doctor to make sure it is safe for you.
SlimQuick and other herb-based dietary supplements are not regulated by a federal agency. Many of the ingredients in SlimQuick, such as clary sage and yerba mate extract, are not regulated for toxicity. Claims made by the manufacturers of SlimQuick do not have to meet the standards of any regulatory bodies to prove their value. The contents are not analyzed and even though most of the ingredients are based on herbs and healthy nutrients, possible interactions are not listed on the labels.
Some of the ingredients in SlimQuick can interact with other medications you may be taking. For example, according to the manufacturers, each serving of two capsules contains about 150 mg of calcium. If you're taking calcium supplements for osteoporosis, the extra calcium can put you over the limit of what is safe. Excessive calcium intake can interact negatively with various heart medications, diuretics and magnesium supplements. The extra magnesium you'll get taking SlimQuick can cause certain cancer drugs to be ineffective. Dandelion may worsen bipolar disease symptoms if you take lithium.
An allergic reaction can lead to symptoms as simple as a rash or sore throat, or can cause a life-threatening response like anaphylactic shock. Various ingredients in SlimQuick — such as the dandelion roots and leaves in each serving, horse tail or soy — can lead to serious allergic reactions. Ingesting dandelion can lead to indigestion and heartburn. You shouldn't take any product that contains dandelion if you have gallbladder disease, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.
The fat-burning pills, like many weight loss dietary supplements, contain significant amounts of caffeine. In addition to the 575 mg of caffeine listed on the label, it also contains green tea extract and cocoa bean extract that add even more caffeine to each serving. Caffeine can lead to an accelerated heartbeat, anxiety, restlessness, tremors and depression, according to Medline Plus. Excessive amounts of caffeine can contribute to osteoporosis by interfering with calcium absorption. When you stop taking SlimQuick, you could experience caffeine withdrawal symptoms such as headaches, nausea, vomiting and drowsiness.