When you take OTC (over the counter) or prescription medications you may also take a regular vitamin too or some other type of dietary supplement. There may be a danger in mixing dietary supplements with regular medications you’re taking.

Medical officer Robert Mozersky who works at the FDA says that some dietary supplements impact the metabolism and increase it while some other dietary supplements decrease the metabolism.

The metabolism, absorption, or excretion of a medication can be impacted so the potency is changed. You may be getting too much or too little of the medication you’re taking now.

Medications and dietary supplements combined together may have dangerous or even life-threatening consequences. Drugs used for heart disease, HIV/AIDS, depression, birth control pills, and drugs for organ transplant treatment are made less effective when taking with the herbal supplement St. John’s Wort. It depends on the medication being taken, but the results may be serious.

Prescription blood thinner warfarin, herbal supplement ginkgo biloba, aspirin, and vitamin E supplements can thin the blood. If these are taken together there could be a stroke or internal bleeding.

Dietary supplements are commonly used and include minerals and vitamins as well as other less common substances such as, amino acids, botanicals, herbals, as well as enzymes. The (NHANES) or National Health and Nutrition Examination Study from 2005-2008 of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that 72 million people or 34% of participants in the United States took some type of dietary supplement with prescription medication. Many take supplements to ensure they get the right essential nutrients, but dietary supplements shouldn’t be used as a replacement for eating a wide variety of foods we need for a healthy diet.

Consumers are under the false impression that “natural products such as an herbal supplement or fish oil won’s hurt them, but natural doesn’t mean that it’s safe to take. A weight loss product might be herbal or “natural,” but might be unsafe for people to take that have certain medical conditions.

Children can be harmed by taking both medications and supplements. The metabolism of a child is unique and when they are at different ages, the metabolism works at different rates. For children ingesting dietary supplements with medication can increase the chances of adverse events taking place.

If you plan to have some type of surgery, dietary supplements can harm you as you may have medication you take before, after, or during the surgery procedure. Your doctor may have you stop using supplements about 2-3 weeks before you medical procedure is to take place. You may have blood pressure, heart rate, or bleeding risks if you continue take supplements before the procedure date.

If you’re breastfeeding or pregnant you need to discuss dietary supplements with your doctor to understand your risks.

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Exploiting the public’s rising concern about concussions, some companies are offering untested, unproven and possibly dangerous products that claim to prevent, treat or cure concussions and other traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is monitoring the marketplace and taking enforcement actions where appropriate, issuing warning letters to firms—the usual first step for dealing with claims that products labeled as dietary supplements are intended for use in the cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease. The agency is also warning consumers to avoid purported dietary supplements marketed with claims to prevent, treat, or cure concussions and other TBIs because the claims are not backed with scientific evidence that the products are safe or effective for such purposes. These products are sold on the Internet and at various retail outlets, and marketed to consumers using social media, including Facebook and Twitter.

One common claim: Using a particular dietary supplement promotes faster healing times after a concussion or other TBI.

Even if a particular supplement contains no harmful ingredients, that claim alone can be dangerous, says Gary Coody, FDA’s National Health Fraud Coordinator.

“We’re very concerned that false assurances of faster recovery will convince athletes of all ages, coaches and even parents that someone suffering from a concussion is ready to resume activities before they are really ready,” says Coody. “Also, watch for claims that these products can prevent or lessen the severity of concussions or TBIs.”

A concussion is a brain injury caused by a blow to the head, or by a violent shaking of the head and upper body. Concussions and other TBIs are serious medical conditions that require proper diagnosis, treatment, and monitoring by a health care professional. The long-term impact of concussions on professional athletes and children who play contact sports has recently been the subject of highly publicized discussions.

A growing body of scientific evidence indicates that if concussion victims resume strenuous activities—such as football, soccer or hockey—too soon, they risk a greater chance of having a subsequent concussion. Moreover, repeat concussions can have a cumulative effect on the brain, with devastating consequences that can include brain swelling, permanent brain damage, long-term disability and death.

“As amazing as the marketing claims here are, the science doesn’t support the use of any dietary supplements for the prevention of concussions or the reduction of post-concussion symptoms that would enable one to return to playing a sport faster,” says Daniel Fabricant, Ph.D., director of FDA’s Division of Dietary Supplement Programs.

The Claims

One of the first alarms raised about dietary supplements being promoted to treat TBI came from the U.S. Department of Defense.

“We first learned from the military about a product being marketed to treat TBI, obviously a concern with wounded veterans. We were taken aback that anyone would make a claim that a supplement could treat TBI, a hot-button issue,” says Jason Humbert, a senior regulatory manager with FDA’s Office of Regulatory Affairs. “That sparked our surveillance.”

FDA routinely monitors the marketplace. However, with more than 85,000 dietary supplements on the market and no product registration, products making false claims can slip through, at least for a time.

Typically, products promising relief from TBIs tout the benefits of ingredients such as turmeric and high levels of omega-3 fatty acids derived from fish oil. Turmeric is an Indian spice in the ginger family. For two omega-3 fatty acids typically found in oily fish—EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid)—FDA has recommended a maximum daily level of 2 grams per day from dietary supplements.

In its initial surveillance, FDA identified two companies selling multiple products claiming to prevent and treat concussions and other TBIs. One company claimed to have “the world’s first supplement formulated specifically to assist concussion recovery,” saying “it has the dynamic ability to minimize long-term effects and decrease recovery time.” A National Football League player testified to its “proven results in my own recovery” from a concussion, and an unnamed “licensed trainer” said he had incorporated it into his “concussion management protocol.”

Similar claims were made by the other company, which was selling four products claiming to protect against and help heal TBIs. FDA sent letters in 2012 warning both companies that their products were not generally recognized as safe and effective for treating TBIs, that the products were misbranded (a legal term meaning, in this case, that the labeling of the products did not have adequate directions for use), and that unless various violations cited in the letters were promptly corrected, the violations could result in legal action taken without further notice, such as seizure or injunction.

Both companies changed their websites and labeling.

In December 2013, FDA issued a warning letter to Star Scientific, Inc., for marketing its product Anatabloc with claims to treat TBIs. FDA continues to monitor the marketplace for products with similar fraudulent claims, and will take appropriate regulatory action to protect the public health.

“As we continue to work on this problem, we can’t guarantee you won’t see a claim about TBIs. But we can promise you this: There is no dietary supplement that has been shown to prevent or treat them,” says Coody. “If someone tells you otherwise, walk away.”

Following actions by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a Texas-based company has agreed to recall and destroy a dietary supplement linked to dozens of cases of acute liver failure and hepatitis, including one death and illnesses so severe that several patients required liver transplants.

In addition to the recall of certain OxyElite Pro products, USPLabs assured FDA officials that it will destroy warehouse stocks of the supplement, with a retail value of about $22 million. FDA will oversee the destruction of the product.

“As soon as we suspected a possible link between OxyElite Pro products and cases of liver failure and non-viral hepatitis in Hawaii, we warned the public and immediately launched an investigation with state officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),” said Daniel Fabricant, Ph.D., director of FDA’s Division of Dietary Supplement Programs. “Our mandate to protect the public was fulfilled by ensuring the swift removal of the product from the marketplace.”

FDA used new enforcement tools provided by the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act to act quickly in the face of a potential danger to public health.

The supplement was advertised as an aid to losing weight and building muscles. FDA warned the company on Oct. 11, 2013, that certain OxyElite Pro products and another supplement, VERSA-1, are considered adulterated because they contain a new dietary ingredient, aegeline, for which the company did not provide evidence of safety.

While FDA’s investigation is still ongoing, the agency continues to warn consumers to avoid using OxyElite Pro and VERSA-1.

Earlier this year, a stockpile of another formulation of OxyElite Pro was destroyed after being held through an FDA administrative detention order. A stimulant included in those products, DMAA, or dimethylamylamine, can cause high blood pressure and lead to heart attacks, seizures, psychiatric disorders and death.

After removing DMAA from its products, USPLabs substituted aegeline, among other ingredients, in certain OxyElite Pro products. Non-synthetic aegeline is an alkaloid extract from leaves of the Asian bael tree (Agele marmelos).

“Twice in a short period, this company has added new dietary ingredients to supplements without notifying the FDA and providing a reasonable expectation of safety, as required by law,” said Fabricant. “Losses to the company should also serve as a reminder that FDA’s laws and regulations serve a purpose and must be followed.”

Evidence of Danger

On Sept. 13, 2013, FDA learned of a cluster of seven Hawaii residents with acute liver failure/non-viral hepatitis.

A joint investigation by the Hawaii Department of Health and CDC revealed that the patients all had consumed OxyElite Pro products. FDA meanwhile identified patients outside of Hawaii with similar liver dysfunction after using OxyElite Pro.

The FDA urged the public to avoid using products labeled as OxyElite Pro or VERSA-1 while the agency investigated further.

On Oct. 11, 2013, FDA warned the company that certain OxyElite Pro and VERSA-1 products were deemed adulterated and that failure to immediately cease distribution of both products could lead to enforcement actions. The FDA also outlined its findings of harm linked to OxyElite Pro.

As of the end of October 2013, there were 56 cases of acute liver failure or acute hepatitis linked to OxyPro Elite, 43 of them in Hawaii. The investigation continues.

About Fat Burners

January 5, 2014

With so much focus always placed on losing weight and dropping body fat, often we completely overlook the fact that body fat does play some key roles in the body and is necessary for good health.

While you definitely don’t want to be carrying around and excessive amount of body fat, if you start to take your body fat too low, that’s definitely going to cause you to experience some serious problems as well.

What are fat burners? According to FDA, these are diet pills either pharmaceutical, neutricutical or dietary supplements. They are made to help curb the appetite and burn fat so that you do not get hungry easily. Fat burners also help the body metabolize so that it will burn body fat easier and then convert them to energy that the body can use. In other words, they will help set off your exercise regimen because you can do more and would  not feel tired easily.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning the public that a product distributed and sold under the name ‘WOW’ is really just another product in disguise, one that can cause serious harm.

Earlier in 2012, FDA twice warned the public about taking Reumofan Plus—marketed as a “natural” dietary supplement for the treatment of many conditions, including arthritis and bone cancer—because, in reality, it contains undeclared active ingredients found in prescription drugs that should only be used under the supervision of a health care professional.

Brad Pace, regulatory counsel at FDA’s Health Fraud and Consumer Outreach Branch, says some distributors have deliberately put a new label and a new name, WOW, on bottles of Reumofan Plus to deceptively sell remaining supplies. Pace says WOW has been distributed to online retailers and other distributors, as well as directly to consumers.

Serious Health Risks

Since June, FDA has received dozens of reports from consumers who used Reumofan Plus of serious, and sometimes fatal, outcomes. The reports include liver injury, severe bleeding, corticosteroid withdrawal syndrome, adrenal suppression and stroke.

FDA laboratory analysis confirmed that WOW contains the same undeclared prescription drug ingredients that are in Reumofan Plus:

  • dexamethasone—a corticosteroid used to treat inflammatory conditions such as asthma and rheumatoid arthritis, that can increase the risk of infection, and cause increased blood sugar levels, changes in blood pressure, damage to bones, psychiatric problems. When taken for a prolonged period at high doses, it can cause adrenal suppression.
  • diclofenac sodium—a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that may cause increased risk of cardiovascular events, such as heart attack, as well as serious gastrointestinal problems.
  • methocarbamol—a muscle relaxant that can cause sedation, dizziness and low blood pressure, and impair mental or physical abilities to perform tasks such as driving a motor vehicle or operating machinery.

In addition to causing injury on their own, the hidden drugs found in these products could interact with other medications, resulting in serious health consequences.

X-Rock for Men

September 11, 2012

FDA tests found that X-Rock, marketed as a dietary supplement for men, contains the active ingredient sildenafil found in an FDA-approved prescription drug product used to treat erectile dysfunction.

X-Rock for Men, sold in one-capsule blister cards, was distributed nationwide to wholesalers and to consumers through the Internet.

Risk: The active ingredient sildenafil may interact with prescription drugs containing nitrates (such as nitroglycerin) and cause dangerously low blood pressure. People with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or heart disease are often prescribed drugs containing nitrates. Another similar active ingredient found in X-Rock may also interact with nitrates and cause side effects, such as headaches and flushing.

Recommendations

  • Contact your health care provider if you have experienced any problems that may be related to taking this product.
  • Stop using the product and return it to the place of purchase or directly to the company, XRock Industries LLC, if you bought it as part of its Direct Response Program. Call 877-976-2563 Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST for instructions on returning the product.

Improve Male Health

June 23, 2011

Men now don’t have to sit alone with their problems, as there are some methods to improve male health. Nowadays men can make use of incredible achievements in male health science, which can enhance their potency, number of sperm cells and can make the orgasm stronger. Scientific findings open various ways of coping with issues men face. Sitting on the fence isn’t popular anymore.

Specialists and consultants in men’s health assert that it’s possible to improve male health with the help of special supplements. Such dietary supplements are the results of last decades researches, they have all the necessary certificates and that is why unlike harmful supplements they are absolutely safe. Although many different methods have been examined, dietary supplements are considered to be a safe and handy method. Much attention has recently been paid to enhancement exercises and their usefulness. Nonetheless, supplements are far more effective.

Today you may discover many proposals at the health products market. The products ingredients are created in such manner that they provide the best realization of your dream to improve male health as well. These products will help you experience stronger and longer orgasms, increase sperm production and enhance the look of sperm by making it whiter and healthier. Moreover, it’ll make the desired effect on your ejaculation and contraction strength. You’ll notice nice changes in your life, become more responsive and confident.

Tips to Improve Male Health

  • One more very simple way is just daily drinking a lot of water.
  • Physical trainings can also help you if they are regular.
  • Be more careful to your menu and make choice in favor of nutritional diet instead of unhealthy snacks and processed products.
  • If not quit, then at least control your smoking habits. The harm smoking does to semen count and volume as well as libido in general is scientifically proven.
  • Alcohol is another habit you will have to control. Try to use it in moderate amounts.
  • Be careful with medications. Medicine overdose can be very harmful for male health.
  • Don’t underestimate what rest means for you. It is necessary for your health as well as good sleep.
  • And one of the most important things is to have an active life. It is the best and the most natural way to keep your hormones at the required level and to be fit.

All the ways to improve male health mentioned above are useful to follow. But the best way is taking any sort of natural supplements from general male health products to special volume pills. Their effect was proved by doctors and more obvious. Thus, if you realize you need to improve male health, just have the courage to make the first step and choose the method that will suit you best.