FDA warns against particular brand of Vitamin B supplements

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HealthyLifeChemistrySILVER SPRING (Md.) – A warning if you take Vitamin B supplements. The Food and Drug Administration is investigating a company for adding potentially harmful steroids to the pills.

Investigators say they found methasterone and dimethazine in “Healthy Life Chemistry by Purity First B-50.”

“Products marketed as a vitamin but which contain undisclosed steroids pose a real danger to consumers and are illegal,” Howard Sklamberg, director of the Office of Compliance in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said.

There have been 29 reports of adverse effects linked to the pills. Some side effects include fatigue, muscle pain, unusual hair growth in women and low testosterone in men. Anyone who has any of these symptoms while taking the supplements should see their doctor.

The supplements are sold in stores across the country and online. The FDA says the company has declined a government request to voluntarily recall the product.

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