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Drug and Dietary Supplement Profiles

A comprehensive review of the safety and effectiveness of this dietary supplement. If the dietary supplement is not a Do Not Use product, information on adverse effects, drug interactions and how to use the medication are included.
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Disease and Drug Family Information

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  • Dietary and Herbal Supplements [hide all summaries]
    In the other chapters of this book, we have had access to published articles describing randomized, controlled trials in medical journals, medical textbooks, the FDA-approved label, and, importantly, the detailed review of the drug (based on a review of the raw data from the sponsor’s clinical trials) conducted by the FDA medical officer, at least for more recent drugs. This evidence base is far from complete for any dietary supplement. By definition, no supplement has passed an FDA safety and efficacy review (otherwise it would be a drug).

Worst Pills, Best Pills Newsletter Articles

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  • Managing Herbal Medicines in Patients Undergoing Surgery [hide all summaries]
    (January 2013)
    Find out why, if you are using any of nine different popular dietary supplements and you are planning to have surgery, you need to tell your doctor so you can stop using them at a safe interval before your operation. The intervals range from at least 24 hours before surgery to two weeks, the latter the case for most of the nine supplements.
  • Diet and Exercise: Still the Best Medicine for Losing Weight or Keeping Fit [hide all summaries]
    (October 2012)
    The recent FDA approval of the first two new diet drugs in 13 years occasions our review of the safety problems of both drugs and the history of previous diet drugs, taken off the market because of serious cardiovascular dangers. Two recent well-controlled studies, one in adults and one in children, document the benefit of reasonable diet and exercise programs as the only safe and effective way to lose weight.
  • The FDA Finally Bans Ephedra [hide all summaries]
    (February 2004)
    Once again, Worst Pills, Best Pills readers were warned about the dangers of a drug well before — in this case two and one-half years before — the government got around to a ban.
  • Review of Adverse Effects and Contraindications of Various Dietary Supplements Used for Weight Loss [hide all summaries]
    (December 2002)
    Ephedra, or ma huang, the natural form of the stimulant ephedrine, the most infamous and dangerous drug found in dietary supplements sold for weight loss, is at last beginning to receive the negative notoriety it deserves. Ephedra causes heart attacks and strokes because of its ability to raise blood pressure and heart rate. Article discusses the risk of other dietary supplements.
  • Drug Induced Psychiatric Symptoms [hide all summaries]
    (October 2002)
    This is the first of a two part series on drug induced psychiatric symptoms that is based on the July 8, 2002 issue of The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics. Regular readers of Worst Pills, Best Pills News will recognize The Medical Letter as a reference source written for physicians and pharmacists that we often use because of its reputation as an objective and independent source of drug information. The article lists the drugs and their psychiatric adverse effects.
  • Canadians Begin Recall of Dangerous Drug Supplement Ephedra [hide all summaries]
    (February 2002)
    On January 9, 2002, Canadian regulatory authorities announced the initiation of a voluntary recall of certain products containing the drug supplement Ephedra and one of its pure chemical constituents, ephedrine. Ephedra and ephedrine are mostly found in dietary supplements promoted for weight loss and energy enhancement.

Additional Information from Public Citizen

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Health Letter Articles

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  • Outrage: Department of Health and Human Services Fails to Ban Ephedra or Issue Adequate Warnings [hide all summaries]
    (July 2002)
    The   following is a statement by Health Letter Editor, Dr. Sidney Wolfe in response to this decision: Today's announcement by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which not only fails to ban ephedra dietary supplements but also fails to seriously warn against the use of these products, should result in the firing of all officials in HHS and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) who are responsible for this dangerous cowardice. The idea that more studies are needed and that the more than 100 deaths and hundreds of other cases of serious damage to users of these products, many of which are extremely well-documented and have occurred at recommended doses, is not enough for a ban is in sharp contrast to what has usually occurred with the removal of dangerous prescription drugs from the market.
  • Outrage: Do Not Use Ephedra [hide all summaries]
    (October 2001)
    This Is a Dangerous Substance and Should Be Taken off the Market.

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