The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a public health advisory on Sunday to warn customers against the use of certain body-building products.
According to the FDA, certain body-building products contain steroids or steroid-like substances, and are marked as dietary supplements. The products are considered potentially harmful and have not been approved or reviewed by the FDA before being marketed.
Products that are not considered safe by the FDA include:
- MASS Xtreme
- ESTRO Xtreme
- AH-89 Xtreme
- HMG Xtreme
- MMA-3 Xtreme
- VNS-9 Xtreme
According to the FDA, consumers of these products are at risk for liver injury, stroke, kidney failure and pulmonary embolism (blockage of an artery in the lung). Long term effects of using these products can result in shrinkage of the testes and male infertility, masculinization of women, breast enlargement in males, short stature in children, adverse effects on blood lipid levels, and increased risk of heart attack and stroke.
The FDA advises consumers of these products to immediately stop using them. Consumers should see a health care professional if they have symptoms that could be connected to these products, including nausea, weakness or fatigue, fever, abdominal pain, chest pain, shortness of breath, yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes, or brown/discolored urine.