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Weight Loss

Why Buying Unlicensed & Fake Diet Pills Online Is So Dangerous

by Scott McDougall

When you’ve tried and failed to lose weight on a number of occasions, you can get desperate enough to try anything. You see ads for diet pills that make grand claims about how much weight you can lose, and how quickly you can lose it, and you’re sorely tempted.

Even though you’re not sure whether you can believe them, you resolve to give the pills a try. After all, you know that some diet pills do work, so what’s the harm if you get ones that don’t? You’ll just have wasted some money. No big deal.

But it is a big deal because unlicensed diet pills simply not working is the best you can hope for. Sometimes they work but with major side effects, and sometimes the side effects are all you get. Here’s why buying unlicensed and/or fake diet pills online is so incredibly dangerous:


Unknown ingredients

When you buy Orlistat, the only licensed weight loss pill in the UK, from a reputable pharmacy, you can trust the list of ingredients — that pharmacy will have qualified pharmacists who can follow an audit trail of the medicine from manufacture to dispensing and are subject to oversight from regulatory bodies with the power to take action if they act unethically or mislead patients.

When you buy medicine that hasn’t been officially licensed for use through a third-party seller, however, you can’t know what the ingredients are because there’s no meaningful accountability. In fact, it’s generally in the financial interest of those sellers to swap out ingredients for cheaper substitutes that are lower-quality and ineffective, because they take no responsibility for the effects their products have on their users.

If you take some questionable unlicensed diet pills and have an urgent medical issue, what information will you be able to give the doctor when you’re rushed to hospital? They’ll need as much detail as possible about what you ingested, but you won’t be able to tell them with any degree of certainty. You’ll just have to hope that they recognise your symptoms and happen to be familiar with that particular line of fake pills.


No quality control

Licensed products come through purpose-built production lines with numerous quality control steps along the way. Everything from the preparation and composition to the manufacturing and packaging must adhere to national standards, so when you get the final product, you can feel confident that it will do what you expect it to. Pharmaceutical manufacturers are regularly inspected by the MHRA to ensure they are complying with the high standards required in the UK.

Unlicensed products, meanwhile, can (and are) produced in countless different ways, with some being reasonably clinical but others being extremely unhygienic. Even if the planned ingredients are the same as those used in licensed products, the threat of contamination combined with the potential ramifications of even a slight change in concentration makes the resulting product a significant health hazard.


Nasty side effects

Because fake diet pills can have mysterious ingredients and origins, they can produce some horrendous side effects if you’re unlucky with the batch you get. Unlicensed weight loss pills can make you feel nauseated, produce headaches, or even induce heart attacks — in some cases, they’ve even been known to prove to fatal.

The best case scenario is generally that the pills don’t do much at all, because even licensed pills used under strict directions from qualified medical professionals have side effects that must be understood and mitigated. With an inferior product and a lack of direction from a suitable authority, you take a massive risk using fake weight loss pills.


Wasted money

As noted, the best you can hope for with unlicensed diet pills is that they don’t cause you any great harm — so what’s the point in getting them in the first place? There are two reasons why someone might order fake diet pills: because they can’t afford (or don’t want) licensed products, or because they don’t meet the criteria for getting (or continuing to use) a legitimate prescription.

In the UK, Orlistat is covered by the NHS when prescribed, so there’s no financial reason to use unlicensed pills, and there’s no medical reason because Orlistat is the only weight loss medication of its kind that is reliable enough to be licensed.

And if you don’t meet the criteria for Orlistat, or it hasn’t achieved the results need to justify continued treatment, then you shouldn’t be using diet pills of any kind. You should consult a doctor so they can help you find an alternative path.


If you think you can save time and money by using unlicensed and/or fake diet pills to lose weight, think again — they’re incredibly dangerous. With unknown ingredients, no quality control, and nasty side effects, they’ll waste your money and possibly cause you great harm.  Here's more advice on how to stay safe when buying medicine online.

For some advice about weight loss, get in touch with us today. If weight loss pills are appropriate for you, we’ll give you a prescription and fulfil it with same-day dispatch anywhere in the UK.

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