CDC Warns Against Dietary Supplements
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a health advisory after reported cases of acute hepatitis and liver failure being linked with the use of a dietary supplement intended for weight loss or muscle building. The CDC has cautioned health care providers and agencies regarding the matter as investigations are underway. On September 9, 2013, Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) reported seven patients with the aforementioned issues after experiences utilizing a supplement called OxyElite Pro.
Acute Hepatitis and Liver Failure Cases
Since the start of the ongoing investigations (from May 10 to October 3, 2013), clinicians have reported 45 patient cases to the Hawaii DOH relating to issues possibly caused by dietary supplements. There are 29 patients out of the 45, that have been confirmed to be infected with an acute hepatitis. The CDC also states that 24 out of the 29 patients (83%), have used OxyElite Pro within the last 60 days prior to illness onset and no other supplement or medication were correlated by more than two patients.
To make matters worse, eleven patients were hospitalized with a median duration of seven days. There has been one reported death and two patients who required liver transplants.
Recommended Actions & Reported Symptoms by the CDC
Please consult with a physician if you are experiencing any issues after using a dietary supplement for weight loss or muscle gain. Please practice caution when using such supplements and request information from a medical provider before further use. According to the CDC, “the most commonly reported symptoms included loss of appetite, light-colored stools, dark urine, and jaundice.