OTC supplements can contain hidden dangers - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/3/09

OTC supplements can contain hidden dangers

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The Food and Drug Administration says that 72 diet supplements sold in stores and over the internet are filled with hidden dangers, so they are working to pull the products with undeclared drugs off of the market. 

Dr. Eve Guth says, "So it might say it has 10 milligrams of substance X, but when they take into the laboratory and test it might have two milligrams, or it might have 32 milligrams.  Now that might not be a problem or it could be something that's very dangerous".  Some of the supplements claim to be ‘natural' or to contain only herbal ingredients, but Dr. Guth says they may actually contain chemicals or drugs that have not been approved for use in the United States. 

In addition, as discovered by the FDA, some may contain traces of anti-depressants, anti-seizure medicines, or potent diuretics.  Since the health risks can include high blood pressure, heart attack, seizures and even stroke, Dr. Guth says if the claim sound too good to be true... it probably is.

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