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Illegal Steroid Products Sold as Dietary Supplements

Audience: Healthcare professionals and consumers

[Posted 03/10/2006] The FDA warned several manufacturers and distributors of unapproved drugs containing steroids that are marketed as dietary supplements and promoted for building muscle and increasing strength that the products may cause serious long-term adverse health consequences in men, women, and children. These products claim to be anabolic and problems associated with anabolic steroids include: liver toxicity, testicular atrophy and male infertility, masculinization of women, breast enlargement in males, and short stature in children. Anabolic steroids are also associated with causing adverse effects on blood lipid levels, and a potential to increase the risk of heart attack and stroke.

Consumers who have any of the following products should stop taking them and return them to their place of purchase:

[March 09, 2006 – Press Release – FDA]