Warning on Body Building Products (Consumer Update)

>>This “Consumer Update”
is brought to you by the U.S. Food & Drug
Administration.>>FDA has issued a public
health advisory warning consumers to stop using
products marketed for body building that claim
to contain steroids or steroid-like substances. Although some of these
products are marketed as dietary supplements,
they are NOT dietary supplements. They are actually
unapproved drugs. They contain synthetic
steroid or steroid-like active ingredients. Be aware that these
products have not been reviewed or approved
by the FDA and are potentially harmful
to your health. These products can be
found online and in retail stores and are promoted
as hormone products or alternatives to anabolic
steroids for increasing muscle mass and strength. Many of these products
make claims about the ability of the active
ingredients to enhance or diminish androgen,
estrogen, or progestin-like
effects in the body.>>These products may
be associated with liver injury, kidney failure,
and blockage of an artery in the lung and stroke;
and they may be associated with serious health
problems in adults and children.>>If you have been taking
one of these products, FDA recommends that
you stop immediately. You should also consult
your health care professional if you are
experiencing nausea, weakness or fatigue,
fever, abdominal pain, chest pain,
shortness of breath, yellowing of the skin
or whites of the eyes, or brown/discolored urine. FDA cautions that athletes
taking these products may test positive for
performance-enhancing drugs.>>Consumers should report
serious adverse events or problems associated with
these products to the FDA. They should go to
the FDA web page, FDA.GOV and look for
the link to MedWatch.>>For more information
on this and other health topics, go to

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