A weight-loss product has been removed from Dutch shelves after reports of side effects, including cardiac arrest, were made to Dutch officials. The weight loss products, known as Dexaprine, remain available for purchase in the United States, according to a report in The Natural Standard. Newspaper reports said Dexaprine was available for purchase online in the United States.
Dexaprine was taken off the Dutch market after reports of severe negative side effects were reported to government officials there. Users earlier this year reported feelings of nausea and rapid heart beats. One case of cardiac arrest was reported to the Dutch Poisons Information Center.
The Standard reported several stimulants were found in the product. They included synephrine, caffeine, deterenol, oxilofrine and theophylline. Also, two methamphetamine-like compounds were identified.
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Dexaprine and myriad other products have been pulled from markets worldwide over the years because they included undeclared drug ingredients that can cause unhealthy side effects.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has listed more than 70 products in which lab tests revealed drugs such as fenproporex, sibutramine and others. Typically, the FDA can take steps to remove products from shelves if they are found to be unsafe for consumers. It should be noted that Dexaprine is not listed on the FDA’s roster of weight loss products that have been removed because of health and safety concerns. The Standard also reported on a study that found one in three Americans mix dietary supplement products with prescription drugs.
In a recent study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, researchers reviewed data on 9,950 adults in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.
In a national sample of adults, more than 34 percent said they used dietary supplements and prescription medications at the same time. Adults with diagnosed medical conditions were 2.5 times more likely to mix their dietary supplements with prescription drugs than those who did not have a diagnosed medical condition.
The Standard reported researchers found that multivitamins containing ginkgo were used more frequently than standard multivitamins. In addition, researchers reported that multivitamins with added ingredients and antacids, and multivitamins with botanical aspects to ingredients, were the most common dietary supplements to be taken simultaneously with prescription meds.
Heart and hormone medications were the most common drugs used with the dietary supplements, the research found.
Study authors reported that dietary supplement use was highest in patients suffering from conditions including osteoporosis, cancer, arthritis, liver ailments, heart conditions and diabetes. They found prescription medication use was most common in patients with many of the same health issues.
Patients with diagnosed medical conditions are advised to speak with their doctors about what dietary supplements they take.