Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Some Nutritional Supplements, Men's Potency Products Hide Dangerous Drugs
Earlier this year we got the news that at least 72 weight loss products that were touted as "nutritional supplements" to aid weight loss were not natural products at all. Rather than vitamins, minerals, and herbs that might curb appetite, they contained sometimes dangerous doses of weight-loss drugs. Four of these drugs have not been approved for sale in the U.S. - one because it is suspected of causing cancer. One is a potent diuretic, while one is an anti-seizure medication. All of these products pose a serious health risk because the pharmaceutical ingredients can cause problems such as high blood pressure, seizures, tachycardia (rapid heartbeat), palpitations, heart attack, and stroke. The higher the dosage, the bigger the risk. This is not a trivial warning: taking too much of any of these products could result in death or permanent disability. Because these weight loss products have been marketed as dietary supplements, they did not come under the scrutiny of the FDA. Had the manufacturers declared the pharmaceutical drugs contained in them, they would have been regulated and at least 4 would have been prohibited from sale in the U.S. The FDA is now asking for a recall of these products. If it is not forthcoming, they have the authority to seize goods and initiate criminal charges. To see the list of 72 tainted weight loss products, and learn more about the drugs they contain, visit the FDA website. Add male potency to weight loss... Now, new reports are coming out that warn against male potency drugs carrying the same risk. The FDA began investigating after a customer complaint, and have now issued a statement that "Stiff Night" contains an ingredient that can dangerously lower blood pressure and is illegal. The product is marketed as an all-natural dietary supplement, but in fact contains an illegal ingredient which can cause a dramatic drop in blood pressure when used with prescription drugs. Meanwhile, it is being sold in drug stores and on-line, even at outlets such as Amazon. Consumers will do well to read labels and know what they're buying before investing in products which could bring on serious health complications, or even death.