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  • The FDA warned consumers against supplement sellers with different names.

  • These Mexico-based sellers have unlisted ingredients that can cause high blood pressure and ulcers.

  • The surge in supplement sales has led to calls for more FDA oversight.

The US Food and Drug Administration is cracking down on supplements.

The FDA warned consumers on April 20 that supplements with variations of the name Artri or Ortiga contain dangerous hidden active ingredients not listed on the product label.

According to the FDA, the supplements are used to treat symptoms of arthritis, osteoporosis, and bone cancer.

The agency found that certain Artri and Ortiga products contain but do not list potentially dangerous ingredients.

  • Declofenac. The FDA found that Artri Ajo King has an unlisted ingredient. If taken wrong, a non-steroidal anti- inflammatory drug like NSAID can lead to serious gastrointestinal problems.

  • Diclofenac is a drug. The FDA found that Ortiga products contain diclofenac, which 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.

  • Severely ill COVID-19 patients have been treated with Dexamethasone. It can cause infections and damage bones.

  • A muscle relaxant used to treat pain can cause dizziness.

Artri and Ortiga are manufactured in Mexico and are labeled in Spanish on eBay.

The supplement industry is barely regulated

Sales of supplements have increased since 2020. The FDA doesn't approve pills before they're sold the way it regulates prescription medicine, which has scientists and medical experts calling for more FDA oversight of over-the-counter supplements.

The Harvard Medical School and the independent product testing company, NSF International, identified four unlisted stimulants in six supplements marketed for weight loss and fitness.

A study in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine found that the amount of melatonin in 70% of supplements is off by 10%. The amount of melatonin in a single jar can vary by 465% according to the study.

Over the past two decades, the US poison control centers have received 275,000 reports of people who reacted badly to supplements.

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