"If you find these 2 words on the label, do not buy them", the FDA alert

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The US Food & Drug Administration has identified two types of supplements that contain ingredients that are highly harmful and toxic to our body, and not listed on the label. These are products whose names bear two words "Artri" and "Ortiga".

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La FDA (Food & Drug Administration) has warned consumers of some supplements with variations of the name "Artri" and "Ortiga". These are products that contain dangerous and unlisted ingredients, which can cause ulcer e hypertension.





The Food and Drug Administration is withdrawing supplements sold by two Mexico-based suppliers. The notice for consumers, released on April 20, reported that supplements with variations of the name "Artri" or "Ortiga" contain dangerous active ingredients that are hidden and not listed on the label.

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The potentially dangerous ingredients detected by laboratory analyzes are:

  • diclofenac: A laboratory analysis conducted by the FDA in January found that the Artri Ajo King supplement contains diclofenac as an unlisted ingredient. A non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), similar to ibuprofen and aspirin, which can lead to severe gastrointestinal problems, such as ulcers and perforations, if taken incorrectly.
  • diclofenac sodium: The FDA has found that Ortiga products typically also contain sodium diclofenac, which can increase the risk of cardiovascular events, such as stroke and heart attack, and can lead to fatal ulcers or perforation of the stomach and intestines.
  • dexamethasone: a corticosteroid that has been used to treat severely ill COVID-19 patients. This can change blood pressure, cause infections, and damage bones.
  • metocarbamolo: a muscle relaxant used to treat pain or injury, which can cause sedation and dizziness.

Scientists and experts, therefore, have called for greater FDA oversight of over-the-counter dietary supplements.

Similar episodes are very frequent, just remember that in 2017 Harvard Medical School had identified four unapproved and unlisted stimulants in as many as six supplements marketed for weight loss and fitness.

A study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine found that the amount of melatonin in 71% of supplements it is reduced to a margin of 10%, which means that most vendors incorrectly label the amount of this hormone contained in the pill.



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