FDA Issues Alert and Recall of Supplement Reumofan Plus

By AltMed1-Peggy  


Today we bring you an important news item from the FDA about a supplement that turns out to contain powerful drugs that could be harmful.


The FDA issued a warning and recall for Reumofan Plus, a supplement made in Mexico by a company called Riger Naturals. The product is sold in online, at flea markets and in some stores in the US as a remedy for arthritis, muscle pain, osteoporosis, bone cancer and other conditions.


Natural dietary supplements should not contain any drugs but the Mexican Ministry of Health found one lot of Reumofan Plus contained dexamethasone, a corticosteroid drug that, like other steroids, relieves inflammation, and suppresses the immune system.


The FDA labs analyzed Reumofan Plus and found it also contains diclofenac sodium, a prescription NSAID drug, and a prescription muscle relaxant drug called methocarbamol.  Diclofenac sodium, like other NSAIDS, can increase heart attack and stroke risk and cause digestive system problem, and methocarbamol can cause sedation, dizziness, low blood pressure, and impaired thinking.


“Consumers who are currently taking Reumofan Plus or who have recently stopped taking Reumofan Plus should immediately consult a health care professional,” the FDA said in a June 1, 2012, News Release about the recall. The news release includes a photo showing the label on the product bottle and box.


The FDA wants to hear from you and your doctor or other health care professional if you’ve used this supplement. Problems that have been reported to the FDA include liver injury, sudden worsening of blood sugar control, weigh gain, swelling, leg cramps, and kidney function problems. If you’ve had any of these or other "adverse events related to this supplement, report them here: MedWatch, the FDA’s  Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program.


For more information:


Read the Safety Alert here: FDA Safety Alert: Reumofan Plus Recall

Read what the FDA says about other arthritis supplements:  An FDA Guide to Dietary Supplements



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