Dietary Supplements Can Contain Viagra, Steroids And More Harmful Drugs, Says Latest Report

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Latest reports claim that many supposed dietary supplements for weight loss, muscle building, or erectile dysfunction may actually contain pharmaceuticals but unfortunately, you don’t have any way to detect what’s in them before purchase.

Between the years of 2007 and 2016, the FDA has issued more warnings about some unapproved pharmaceutical ingredients in 776 dietary supplements, says a new report in JAMA Network Open.

The authors gathered their info from the FDA’s warning website. The “Tainted Products Marketed as Supplements List” reports any time the FDA reports finding unapproved pharmaceutical ingredients in supplements.

There have been hundreds of such supplements that were found by the FDA during the nine-year period mentioned above. These only represent a small fraction of the huge potentially hazardous supplements that are on the market.

This whole paper is, unfortunately, showing a horrible picture of the growing supplement market.

Think twice before taking some supplements 

This should alarm everyone who is considering taking supplements especially the ones used for weight loss, muscle gain, or erectile dysfunction. And that’s a lot of people. More than half of US adults reported taking dietary supplements, accounting for a $35 billion industry.

Wired reports that “The drug ingredients in these dietary supplements have the potential to cause serious adverse health effects owing to accidental misuse, overuse, or interaction with other medications, underlying health conditions, or other pharmaceuticals within the supplement,” write the authors, which include Jenna Tucker of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, Madhur Kumar of the Food and Drug Branch of the California Department of Public Health, and others.

The worst thing is that even after they have received the FDA warning, some products are still being sold.

According to the experts, this is more than alarming especially considering that the FDA is only able to test a small portion of the products that are available ion the market.

Rada attended the courses in the Faculty of Letters, Romanian-English section, and finished the Faculty of Theatre and Television, Theatrical Journalism section, both within the framework of Babeş-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca. Up till now, she reviewed books, movies, and theatre-plays, enjoying subjects from the cultural niche. Her experience in writing also intersects the IT niche, given the fact that she worked as a content editor for firms that produce software for mobile devices. She is collaborating with online advertising agencies, writing articles for several websites and blogs.


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