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The United States: Public Notification: Saurean Fong Sep Lin contains hidden drug ingredients dexamethasone and cyproheptadine
 
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising consumers not to purchase or use Saurean Fong Sep Lin, a product promoted for backache. This product was identified by FDA during an examination of international mail shipments. FDA laboratory analysis confirmed that Saurean Fong Sep Lin contains dexamethasone, a corticosteroid, and cyproheptadine.

Consumers taking Saurean Fong Sep Lin are urged to immediately consult with their health care provider to safely discontinue use of this product. The risks of withdrawal from corticosteroids should be assessed by a health care professional. Only licensed health care professionals can evaluate patients for the risk, or confirm the existence, of adrenal suppression. To date, FDA is not aware of any reports of adverse events related to this product.

Dexamethasone is a corticosteroid commonly used to treat inflammatory conditions. Consumers are advised that corticosteroid use can impair a person’s ability to fight infections, cause high blood sugar levels, muscle injuries and psychiatric problems. When corticosteroids are taken for a prolonged period, or at high doses, they can suppress the adrenal gland and cause withdrawal symptoms with abrupt discontinuation.

Cyproheptadine is a prescription antihistamine used for seasonal allergy treatment. Antihistamines may cause drowsiness and affect mental alertness.

In addition, these undeclared ingredients in Saurean Fong Sep Lin may cause serious side effects when combined with other medications.

Please refer to the following website in FDA for details: http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/ResourcesForYou/../ucm445580.htm

In Hong Kong, the above product is not a registered pharmaceutical product.


Ends/ Tuesday, May 05, 2015
Issued at HKT 15:00
 
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