Published on Aug 24, 2012
Dietary Supplement Linked to Stroke and Death
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning for two dietary supplements after receiving numerous reports about harmful side effects – including stroke and death.
According to the FDA, the products Reumofan Plus and Reumofan Plus Premium contain several potentially harmful pharmaceutical ingredients that are not included on the products' labels. FDA laboratory analyses revealed that the products contain the following drug ingredients:
- Dexamethasone – a corticosteroid commonly used to treat inflammatory conditions that can impair the body's ability to fight infections and cause high blood sugar levels.
- Diclofenac sodium – an anti-inflammatory drug that can cause increased risk of cardiovascular events, such as heart attack and stroke, as well as serious gastrointestinal events, such as bleeding, ulceration, and fatal perforation of the stomach and intestines.
- Methocarbamol – a muscle relaxant that can cause sedation, dizziness, low blood pressure, and impair mental or physical abilities to perform tasks, such as driving or operating machinery.
The FDA also says that these drugs have the potential to interact with other medications and cause serious health problems.
Both supplements are manufactured in Mexico by Riger Naturals and are marketed as natural dietary supplements for treating arthritis, muscle pain, osteoporosis, bone cancer, and other conditions. They are sold in the U.S. in some retail outlets, at flea markets, and on popular websites.
The FDA recommends that consumers taking these supplements speak with their health care professional before stopping to discuss a safe way to discontinue their use.
"FDA warns of dangerous dietary supplements." CNN. August 22, 2012.