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| 11 July, 2018

UAE warns residents against use of these diet supplements

The supplements could cause side effects such as depression and breathing difficulties.

Image used for illustrative purposes. An overweight woman sits on a chair in Times Square in New York. Image used for illustrative purpose.

Image used for illustrative purposes. An overweight woman sits on a chair in Times Square in New York. Image used for illustrative purpose.

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The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) has issued nine circulars, warning against using some dietary supplements recommended for sports exercises. The circulars are based on an advisory issued by Health Canada on the dietary supplements since they contain a pharmaceutical substance which can only be dispensed with a doctor's prescription.

The ministry said the dietary supplements contain a substance called 'Rauvolfia', which can cause some side effects such as depression and breathing difficulties. It is not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women.

The food supplements contain a substance called 'Yohimbine', which is a prescription-only medicine. The supplement could place hypertensive patients' life at risk and is not recommended for heart patients and those with kidney and liver problems.

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The circular said the affected dietary supplements are not registered with the ministry, and are only sold online though some websites and social media.

The products can cause some side effects such as depression, tiredness, drowsiness, nose blockage and breathing difficulties.

'Yohimbine', which is only prescribed under a doctor's supervision, can cause increased blood pressure, increased heartbeat rates, dizziness, headache, nausea and sleeping disorders.

List of the products:

Psychotic workout supplement

Nuclear workout supplement

5150 workout supplement

Plasmajet workout supplement

Animal test workout supplement

NutraKey yohimbine HCl

Promatrix yohim-B active

Lipo6 black

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