Urgent warning over 2 red-flag words on supplement labels as hidden ingredients ‘linked to heart attacks'

A WARNING has been issued over supplements with certain ingredients that have been linked to heart attacks.

More people have become focussed on health and staying fit since the pandemic.

Many have turned to supplements, to boost their immunity and overall health.

But the US Food and Drug Administration has found certain vendors are using unlisted ingredients.

They could cause ulcers and high blood pressure, and don't come with a warning.

Last week the FDA issued an urgent notice saying supplements with variations of the name "Artri" or "Ortiga" contain dangerous hidden active ingredients not on the product label.

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The supplements that have these items in are marketed to treat arthritis, muscle pain, osteoporosis, and bone cancer symptoms.

Both products, and versions of, are manufactured in Mexico and are largely labelled in Spanish.

Some Artri and Ortiga products contain, but do not list, potentially dangerous ingredients, according to the FDA, including:

  • Declofenac: This is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) similar to ibuprofen and aspirin. It can lead to gastrointestinal problems, like ulceration and perforation.
  • Diclofenac sodium: This can increase the risk of cardiovascular events like stroke and heart attack, and may lead to ulceration or fatal perforation of the stomach and intestines.
  • Dexamethasone: This is a corticosteroid that has been used to treat severely ill Covid-19 patients on ventilators. It can change blood pressure, cause infections, and damage bones.
  • Methocarbamol: This is a muscle relaxant used to treat injuries or pain, but can cause dizziness or sedation.

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We have previously told how you should be careful when taking medication and drinking.

If you're suffering from an illness and taking drugs, it's important to know whether or not you can safely have a drink whilst on them.

Either prescribed or over-the counter medicines should come with a patient information leaflet (PIL).

This tells you exactly how you should take it and how often, so it's important that you read through this thoroughly before you start taking it.

This is even more important if you're planning on having alcohol, as booze can alter blood pressure, temperature and hydration levels – which could be dangerous if you've taken medication.

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