Hidden drugs in supplements found on Amazon & eBay

Consumer Reports and the FDA are warning consumers and helping them find the list of contaminated supplements.

If improving your well-being is part of your plan, you may be thinking about taking nutritional supplements. But before you hit the “buy” button, Consumer Reports has an important warning about potentially dangerous substances found in some supplements sold online.

Sildenafil, Tadalafil, and Fluoxetine are not only difficult to pronounce, but they are also active ingredients in popular prescription drugs. Sildenafil is in Viagra, Tadalafil is in Cialis, and Fluoxetine is in Prozac.

You may be surprised to learn that the Food and Drug Administration also found those ingredients in some weight loss and sexual enhancement supplements sold on eBay and Amazon. Some of the tainted products sold on Amazon were even labeled Number-One-Best Seller or Amazon’s Choice, according to a press release from the FDA.

Hidden drugs

It is against the law for a dietary supplement to contain drugs and the ingredients must be accurately listed on the label. But what the FDA found was essentially “hidden” drugs in many of these supplements.

Ebay responded to Consumer Reports by saying it was “reviewing the site” and removing the contaminated products. Amazon said it was “reviewing the information from the FDA” and would take action accordingly.

Even if the companies remove the contaminated supplements identified by the FDA, that may not solve the bigger problem. This is just the latest in a series of studies that have identified undeclared and potentially dangerous drugs in dietary supplements.

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If you are taking a supplement, check the FDA database on contaminated products to make sure it is not listed. And even if the supplement you are taking is not on the list, you still need to be careful.

Consult with a physician or other health care professional to see if the ingredients may interact with the medications or supplements you are currently taking.

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