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Arthritis Dietary Supplements May Be Dangerous: FDA

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Arthritis sufferers using Reumofan and Reumofan Plus supplements should be aware that they cause potentially risky drugs. The supplements, which are marketed as natural alternatives to arthritis drugs, were found to contain pharmaceutical compounds not listed on the ingredients label in testing performed by the Food and Drug Administration.

The drugs found in Reumofan and Reumofan Plus include dexamethasone corticosteroids, diclofenac sodium anti-inflammatories and methocarbanol muscle relaxants. All three drugs have potentially dangerous side effects, including weakening of the immune system, fever, dizziness, muscle and joint pain, hormonal imbalances and deficiencies, ulcers, internal bleeding and lowered blood pressure.

Sarah Clark-Lynn, and FDA spokeswoman, said the agency has received numerous complaints since it first warned consumers about the supplements in June, including reports of strokes and deaths of people who were using the supplements.

“The FDA has received dozens of additional adverse event reports, including death and stroke, associated with the use of Reumofan Plus,” she said. “Other reports include liver injury, severe bleeding, sudden worsening of glucose (sugar) control, weight gain, swelling, leg cramps and withdrawal syndrome, and adrenal suppression.”

While the Mexican-made supplements are not carried by major nationwide U.S. retailers, they can readily be purchased online.

Source: ABC News

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