Fastin is not the same prescription pill some of you may know. It has morphed into a non-prescription supplement quite different from the original, in more ways than one.
The Fastin Background
The original Fastin was a prescription weight loss drug created by King Pharmaceuticals for SmithKline Beecham. In 1998, Fastin was pulled off the market because of complaints on its side effects. Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals, feeling that Fastin’s market and brand name recall was still strong and viable, acquired the rights to the product and modified the formula to create a non-prescription diet supplement.
The previous Fastin was actually a brand name for Phentermine, a well-known prescription-only diet formulation. Hi-Tech’s new Fastin is totally different. It contains no phentermine and is available for purchase online without a prescription.
How Fastin Can Create A Slimmer You
The new Fastin is advertised as a fat burner without the side effects of nervousness or anxiety common to supplements of its kind.
What’s In A Pill?
One pill has 245 mg. of a proprietary blend that consists largely of Phenylethylamine HCL and 100 mg. of caffeine anhydrous.
• Phenylethylamine is a “feel good” ingredient found in chocolate. This PEA ingredient is a major component to Fastin because it is the mood enhancer part of it. It is, however, a substance that is highly metabolized by an enzyme called MAO or monoamine oxidase. For this PEA to work, it needs MAO inhibitors so that its mood elevating effects are in sufficient quantities when it hits the bloodstream.
Unfortunately, Fastin is devoid of these MAO inhibitors; so, be sure to get no mild highs or feelings of well-being from this.
• Caffeine anhydrous is a strong form of caffeine used by numerous supplements as a thermogenic stimulant. There are clinical proofs supporting caffeine as a good weight loss substance.
Being a stimulant, however, caffeine does have side effects which range from palpitations to diarrhea. How Fastin can be advertised to be a weight loss supplement minus the jitters is highly questionable.
Is Fastin On The Level?
NO, it isn’t!
It should interest you to know that on February 2009, MSNBC.com reported that Hi-Tech CEO Jared Wheat was fined U$ 50,000.00, the company president sentenced to fifty months in prison, and the company to pay U$ 3,000,000.00 for “illegally selling knockoff prescription drugs over the internet.”
The company officials had admitted to operating a manufacturing plant in Belize which churned out generic versions of prescription drugs such as Viagra, Cialis, Zoloft, Ambient, Vioxx and Xanax and selling them online without prescriptions.
In 2009, the FDA forced the Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals to recall one of their flagship products, Stamina-Rx, advertised as a “maximum sexual stimulant.” FDA’s lab tests showed an undeclared substance called benzamidenafil. This type of PDE 5 inhibitor is not FDA approved because of can lower blood pressure to life threatening levels, especially with people afflicted with cardiovascular problems.
The Bottom Line
Can you actually trust a supplement of which its manufacturers have been deemed crooks? Given Hi-Tech’s fraudalent reputation, we can speculate that Fastin may be in the category of knockoff prescription drugs sold without prescription. It has the same name as the phentermine-laden original; so trusting customers may have actually purchased an illegally stuffed phentermine-like formulation and been exposed to potential health dangers.
Even if the ingredient label were above board, the phenylethylamine ingredient is useless without other boosting substances. This actually leaves you with a very expensive caffeine pill at U$ 69.95 a bottle plus jitters.
Although Fastin is still sold on a number of sites, even those as reputable as Amazon.com, don’t even consider it. If you are aware of the benefits of Phentermine, perhaps you may want to try a non-prescription alternative, Phentramin-D.
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