Lamar Odom experienced multiple strokes and organ failure from misuse of herbal sexual performance enhancement supplements and other illegal substances. Lamar Odom’s serious medical condition resulting from the use of these products demonstrates the significant dangers of using unapproved dietary supplements, especially when they are combined with other stimulants.
Herbal supplements are promoted as safe and natural alternatives to prescription medication for improving sexual performance, reducing high blood pressure, weight loss, and treating diabetes. They are sold over the counter at many food stores and over the internet. These supplements are far from effective and many of them are not safe. They are promoted as natural products, however, they are not natural since they contain active chemicals synthesized in a laboratory.
Consumers are placed at risk because these highly active chemicals are not always disclosed and they have the potential to interact with other medications or substances and cause considerable harm. Essentially, these dietary supplements are really unapproved drugs that contain enough active ingredient to cause serious side effects and drug interactions. Many of these supplements are a serious health hazard and the FDA is trying to prevent the sale of these products. In the last few years, the FDA has taken action against manufacturers of dietary supplements containing unapproved ingredients.
Here are 34 dangerous dietary supplements that have been banned by the FDA. If you are taking any of these supplements or are planning to purchase these potentially deadly substances online, stop and seek proper treatment for your condition.
Banned Sexual Performance Products
P-Boost also sold as NatuRect is a dietary supplement used for enhancing male sexual function. On November 19, 2013, the FDA asked Tendex the manufacturer of both products to recall P-Boost and NatuRect because they contain tadalafil which is the active ingredient in Cialis. Cialis is approved by the FDA for the treatment of erectile dysfunction (ED) and carries warnings about drug interactions with nitrates and reduction of blood pressure to dangerous levels. P-Boost and NatuRect are essentially unapproved drugs with undeclared active ingredients that can harm unsuspecting consumers. They did not carry warnings about drug interactions and effect on blood pressure.
A recall was also issued for RezzRx which contains undeclared hydroxylthiohomosildenafil and aminotadalafil and VitaliKOR Fast Acting which contains tadalafil and also vardenafil the active ingredient in Levitra. Men who do not know these supplements contain such active ingredients may combine them with nitrates and other drugs that interact with Levitra or Cialis, leading to deadly side effects.
Weight Loss Dietary Supplements And Sports Performance Products
The FDA has asked consumers to stop using Mass Destruction. Mass Destruction is sold as a dietary supplement for muscle growth. It has been linked with an incidence of liver failure requiring transplantation after one week of using Mass Destruction. Mass Destruction is manufactured for Blunt Force Nutrition and is sold on the internet, nutrition stores, and gyms. The FDA suspects that Mass Destruction may contain anabolic steroids and steroid -like compounds.
OxyElite Pro dietary supplements products were recalled on November 19, 2013, due to the risk of serious liver damage and liver failure from an ingredient called Aegeline. Aegiline is a synthesized version of a natural extract from the Bael tree.
Adipotrim XT is marketed as a natural herb dietary supplement for weight loss. It was recalled by the FDA on November 14, 2013 because analysis showed that it contains fluoxetine, the same active ingredient in prescription drug Prozac used for treating depression, panic disorder, bulimia, and obsessive compulsive disorder. The manufacturer of Adipotrim did not disclose that it contained fluoxetine making it an unapproved drug. Fluoxetine has many serious side effects such as suicidal thinking, abnormal bleeding, and seizures as well as serious interactions with other medications that can lead to death. Adipotrim XT was sold directly to consumers through their website.
On November 8, 2013, Vega recalled Vega One Nutritional Shakes and Sports Performance Protein products due to the presence of trace amounts of chloramphenicol, an antibiotic.
Weight Loss Dietary Supplements Containing DMBA
On April 28, 2015, the FDA issued warning letters to 14 companies regarding 16 products that contain DMBA as a dietary ingredient.
DMBA is also known as:
- 2-Amino-4-Methylpentane Citrate
- 4-Amino-2-Methylpentane Citrate
- 4-Amino Methylpentane Citrate
- AMP Citrate
- 4-AMP Citrate
DMBA is synthesized in the laboratory. It is not a vitamin, mineral, amino acid, herb or other botanical, or dietary substance for use by man to supplement the diet. DMBA has also not been shown to be safe. Here are products containing DMBA:
- VPX Redline White Heat
- MD2 Meltdown
- AMP Citrate
- Oxyphen XR Amp’d
- Angel Dust
- Red Rum SS
- Yellow Bullet AMP
Fat Burners and Sports Performance Products Containing DMAA
DMAA, also known as 1,3-dimethylamylamine, methylhexanamine or geranium extract, is an ingredient found illegally in some dietary supplements and often marketed as a “natural” stimulant. DMAA is like amphetamine and is used in sports supplements sold in the United States. DMAA, especially when combined with caffeine, can increase blood pressure and cause heart and circulatory problems such as shortness of breath, tightening in the chest, and heart attack. There have been reports of death from use of products containing DMAA.
Dietary supplements containing DMAA (for example, OxyElite Pro, Jack3, 1,3 D Bomb) are illegal and dangerous. In 2012, FDA issued warning letters to companies to stop selling products containing DMAA. Many manufacturers have stopped selling these products, but they are still available online. Consumers should read product labels and avoid using products that contain DMAA.
Dietary Supplements Containing BMPEA
BMPEA is an illegal substance found in many dietary supplements. It is not recognized by the FDA as a vitamin, mineral, herb, amino acid, or dietary substance for use by man to supplement the diet. Although the manufacturers of these products claim that BMPEA is a natural product derived from the plant Acacia rigidula, research conducted by the FDA in 2013 showed that BMPEA is not derived from Acacia rigidula and it is not a natural product.
BMPEA is also called:
- R-beta-methylphenethylamine HCl
- 2- phenyl-1-propanamine
On April 23, 2015, the FDA asked five companies to stop selling eight products containing BMPEA as a dietary ingredient. These products are listed below. Consumers should read the label of all dietary supplements they are using and stop using products that contain BMPEA.
Products Containing BMPEA:
- Fastin-XR (extended release)
- Fastin-RR (rapid release)
- Lipodrene (Ephedra Free))
- Critical FX
- Sudden Impact
- Phoenix Extreme
- Core Burner
Advice For Consumers
- Avoid using dietary supplements unless they are recommended by a qualified healthcare professional.
- Do not purchase dietary supplements from websites operated from foreign countries.
- If you must use a dietary supplement read the label carefully and check the FDA website to make sure that it does not contain a banned substance or has been withdrawn by the FDA.
- Tell your healthcare providers which supplements you are taking because supplements can interact with other drugs you are taking.
- Do not use more than recommended amount of any supplement.
- Diet and exercise are the most effective, safest, and cheapest ways to lose weight. Weight loss dietary supplements are more likely to be harmful than useful.
- Report side effects of dietary supplements to the FDA.