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Redotex® Revisited: Intentional Overdose with an Illegal Weight Loss Product

Published:November 14, 2011DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jemermed.2011.07.023
      Redotex® (Productos Medix, S.A. De C.V., Mexico, D.F.) is a dietary weight loss supplement, which is not legally available for purchase in the United States (US). It contains multiple ingredients: atropine .36 mg, d-norpseudoephedrine 50 mg, aloin 16 mg, diazepam .8 mg, and triiodothyronine (T3), 0.075 mg per capsule. The US Food and Drug Administration issued warnings in 1987 about the dangers of this medication, although a review of the medical literature failed to reveal any reports of Redotex® intoxications (

      Reinhold R. U.S. officials trying to end flow of an illegal diet pill from Mexico. Available at: http://www.nytimes.com/1987/02/19/us/us-officials-trying-to-end-flow-of-an-illegal-diet-pill-from-mexico.html?sec=&spon=. Accessed February 16, 2010.

      ). We report a case of apparent toxicity secondary to a Redotex® overdose.
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