FDA Steroids: Vitamin B Supplement Contains Dangerous Anabolic Steroids, Agency Warns

By iScienceTimes Staff on July 29, 2013 2:37 PM EDT

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The FDA says that the vitamin B dietary supplement Healthy Life Chemistry By Purity First contains the anabolic steroids methasterone and dimethazin. (Photo: Flickr: colindunn)

A vitamin B dietary supplement has been found to contain anabolic steroids, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

The dietary supplement, called Healthy Life Chemistry By Purity First B-50, contains two different anabolic steroids, methasterone and dimethazin. The FDA says these steroids are potentially dangerous, and are not listed on the label.

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"Products marketed as a vitamin but which contain undisclosed steroids pose a real danger to consumers and are illegal," said Howard Sklamberg, director of the Office of Compliance in the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. "The FDA is committed to ensuring that products marketed as vitamins and dietary supplements do not pose harm to consumers."

The FDA says it received 29 complaints over the vitamin supplement. Fatigue, muscle pain, liver and thyroid problems have all been associated with the vitamin supplement. Men have reported low testosterone due to the steroids in the vitamin B supplement, and women claimed to have unusual hair growth and missed periods. The FDA said that some patients were even hospitalized, but no one died as a result of the tainted vitamins.

According to the National Institutes of Health, anabolic steroids has been linked to acne, cysts, breast growth and shrinking of testicles, among other things. Anabolic steroids also can lead to an increased heart attack risk, liver disease and cancer.

The NFL Players Association advised players to "immediately discontinue use" of the dietary supplement, saying that players who test positive for the drug would be suspended for four games.

Anyone who experiences adverse effects as a result of the dietary supplements should contact the FDA's MedWatch program.  

The dietary supplement is produced by Mira Health Products Ltd, a Farmingdale, N.Y. company, and is sold both in stores and online. The company has declined the FDA's request to voluntarily recall the dietary supplement.

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