Health alert over gym supplements


Health chiefs have issued an alert about popular gym and weight-loss supplements that can cause liver failure.

The products – also used to boost energy and build muscle – are to be pulled from shelves and anyone who has used them is advised to seek medical help.

The Irish Medicines Board and the Food Safety Authority Ireland identified the products as OxyELITE Pro Super Thermo capsules, OxyELITE Pro Ultra-Intense Thermo capsules, OxyELITE Pro Super Thermo powder and VERSA-1.

IMB director of compliance John Lynch said some of these products have in the past contained a substance that rendered them illegal medicines.

He added: “People are advised that, if they are feeling any ill effects after taking any of these products, they should contact their doctor and, if possible, present the product in question.”

The products have been associated with severe liver disorders, including hepatitis and liver failure with one case reported in Ireland to date.

They are being investigated in the United States, where a large number of cases of non-viral hepatitis have been reported, causing one death and people requiring liver transplants.

Source: irish mirror


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