Health officials at the Ministry of Health (MoH) have alerted people not to use three health products because they have been tainted with prescription drugs.
The adulterated health products are Li Da Daidaihua Weight Loss Capsule, Grow XL Capsule, and Swiss Candy.
Li Da Daidaihua Weight Loss Capsule was found to be tainted with acetaminophen (paracetamol) and sibutramine.
Grow XL Capsule was found to contain sildenafil, a prescription erectile dysfunction drugs.
Swiss Candy, developed by GH Health Care, Switzerland, was found to contain tadalafil, another prescription erectile dysfunction drug.
These drugs are found to be used in these health products, which can potentially cause severe side effects if used without checking with a doctor.
Acetaminophen is a medicine prescribed to relieve pain and reduce fever. Too much consumption of this drug could increase the risk of liver damage, kidney dysfunction, and even coma or death.
Sibutramine is an appetite suppressant and body-slimming agent, which is now no longer used for the treatment of obesity due to its detrimental effects on the liver and heart. Also, this drug can cause serious side effects such as elevated blood pressure, irregular pulse, and sleep disturbances.
Sildenafil and tadalafil are prescription drugs used for the treatment of male impotence, aka erectile dysfunction. If taken along with nitrates, these drugs could lower your blood pressure to potentially dangerous levels.
People who have purchased or used these health products are recommended to immediately stop using them. The health officials have also urged people to see their medical providers if they experience any undesirable reactions after using them. The MoH has advised people to report to the Compliance and Licensing Section if they find any of these products in the market.