The Ministry of Health has warned residents against the use of nine particular food supplements as they have been known to sharply reduce blood pressure and can be life-threatening to those with cardiovascular disease, high fat percentage, or diabetes.
The warning comes after health organisations in the United States and Canada published a similar warning on the supplements.
Dr Ameen Hussain Al Amiri, Assistant Undersecretary for Medical Practice and Licence Sector in UAE Ministry of Health, said the UAE has a hotline with international health organisations, which keeps authorities in the country up to date with such matters.
Al Amiri said the two aforementioned countries cautioned the public on the use of unregistered supplements like Vardenafil and Sildenafil, which are typically marketed under ‘Male Silkworm Moth Nourishing Oral Liquid’ and ‘Power Tablets 1’.
“Other unregistered tablets that have been known to sharply reduce blood pressure and pose a risk to users’ health are Dr. Ming’s Chinese Capsule, Santi Scalper Maxman Cialis Tablets, and Vim-25, which is a sexual stimulator for men,” he said.
Al Amiri also cautioned the public against four herbal supplements that are being marketed as weight-loss solutions.
“Phenolphthalein is one of them and it is known to contain a carcinogenic ingredient that is not used in the production of medicines or supplements,” he said. “Deisobutylbenzylsibutramine and sibutramine are particularly dangerous for those with irregular heartbeats and those who suffered strokes. The chemicals, marketed under Diablos Eca Fire Caps, can cause a sharp rise in blood pressure and can cause irregularities in heartbeat.”