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For people looking to lose weight or boost their workout performance, dietary supplements may seem like a magical solution. However, many of these products are not approved by the FDA or backed by clinical research, and may be extremely dangerous to your health.
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What is a Dietary Supplement?

A dietary supplement is any product made by the supplement industry that you take orally which adds to the content of your ordinary diet. Dietary supplement products come in the form of pills, capsules, powders, gel tabs, extracts, and liquids. People take dangerous supplements for many different reasons: for dieting or to gain muscle, to restore nutrients, to support functions like eyesight, to improve sleep, and to increase energy. Unregulated dietary supplements from the dietary supplement industry typically contain a variety of ingredients including:

  • Vitamins
  • Minerals
  • Amino acids (protein building blocks)
  • Enzymes
  • Botanical products/herbs
  • Glandular extracts
  • Organ products

What are Dietary Supplement Lawsuits Alleging?

Unregulated products from the supplement industry do not require approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) before they can be sold on the U.S. market, which means that consumers who fall prey to advertising may be putting themselves at risk of personal injury.

A study by JAMA Internal Medicine found that most weight loss supplements lack placebo controls and accounted for more than 50% of the FDA’s Class I prescription drug recalls from 2004 to 2012. Class I drugs are those that contain ingredients with a reasonable probability of causing “serious adverse personal injury or death.”

Our lawyers believe that dietary supplement manufacturers should be held to a higher standard due to the severe potential health risks associated with the products they sell, and must take responsibility for conducting dietary ingredient research and voluntarily recall nutritional supplements when safety concerns arise.

Dietary Supplements Side Effects

While the potential health effects vary greatly from product to product, in general, health supplements increase the risk for the following types of personal injury:

  • Heart disease/heart attack
  • Blood clots
  • Stroke
  • Kidney failure / renal disease
  • Neurological injuries
  • Liver damage
  • Abdominal pain
  • Sudden death
  • Other personal injury

Types of Diet Supplements

According to the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994, most harmful dietary supplements causing personal injury fall into 3 main categories:

Bodybuilding supplements – Bodybuilding supplements contain stimulants that increase heart rate and blood pressure, increasing the risk for acute cardiovascular injuries including heart attack and liver damage.

Weight-loss pills – Contain stimulants like ephedra which have been linked to severe cardiovascular injuries, liver injuries and death.

Testosterone boosters / sexual enhancement supplements – Supplements that claim to increase testosterone levels, potentially improving sexual performance, libido, and muscle mass. Linked to severe heart and liver damage.

Workout Supplements

Several dietary supplements — sometimes referred to as “pre-workouts” — are multi-ingredient dietary formulas designed to boost energy and athletic performance. Most, but not all dietary supplements, are powdered substances that you mix in water and drink before exercise, and include a wide variety of ingredients including amino acids, B vitamins, caffeine, creatine, and artificial sweeteners.

Unfortunately, people who take these and other similar pre-workout supplements on a regular basis may encounter serious physical drawbacks. It is important to understand that pre-workout supplements are not for everyone, and even worse, can have severe health effects if not used properly used by people with healthy livers.

Some of the most popular pre-workout supplements include:

  • OxyElite Pro
  • Jack3D
  • BPI Sports 1.M.R Vortex
  • MuscleTech Vapor X5 Neuro
  • BSN N.O-Xplode
  • GAT Sport Nitraflex
  • Jacked Factory Nitrosurge
  • Cellucor C4 Extreme Energy
  • Kaged Muscle PRE-Kaged
  • ENGN Pre-Workout by Evlution Nutrition
  • Craze
  • Grenade Thermo Detonator
  • Turbo Shred
  • Alpha Amino Xtreme

Pre-Workout Supplements Side Effects

  • Testicle shrinkage
  • Infertility in males
  • Breast enlargement
  • Masculinization of women (abnormal hair growth, missed menstruation)
  • Short stature in children
  • Acute liver personal injury
  • Kidney failure
  • Liver damage / jaundice
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Adverse effects on blood lipid levels
  • Blood clots
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Death

Diet Pills

Diet pills include prescription and over-the-counter weight loss supplements that are intended to help the user control their weight and medical expenses. These products work by interfering with body processes that affect weight by suppressing appetite, increasing metabolism, or preventing fat absorption.

Considering the epidemic of obesity and obsession with weight loss in the U.S., it’s no surprise that dietary supplement health pills are widely available in multiple forms. Whether over the counter or prescription, each product carries its own significant health benefits and potential health risks. Some of the most commonly abused diet pills include:

  • Didrex (generic: benzphetamine) – Amphetamine-like anorectic drug whose main function is to reduce appetite in obese individuals.
  • Tenuate / Tepanil (generic: diethylpropion) – Prescribed for short-term use to suppress appetite.
  • Mazanor / Sanorex (generic: mazindol) – Approved for use only to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy; typically abused for its ability to suppress appetite.
  • Adipex / Lonamin (generic: phentermine) – Used short-term to reduce weight in overweight individuals. Works by curbing appetite.

Testosterone Boosters

Testosterone boosters are a class of herbal supplements and other compounds designed to increase sex drive or improve sexual function, muscle mass, sperm count, and body composition. The drugs work by replacing the testosterone that the body is not producing. Some of the most popular testosterone boosters include:

  • AndroGel
  • Androderm
  • Axiron
  • Bio-T-Gel
  • Delatestryl
  • Depo-Testosterone
  • Fortesta
  • Striant
  • Testim
  • Testopel

Our law firm has concluded our involvement in these dietary supplement lawsuits and was able to obtain settlements for our clients. Please note, we are no longer accepting cases on the testosterone supplements listed above. However, if you have been harmed by a testosterone boosting product, you may have a case. 

GNC Supplements

For decades, GNC supplement stores have been among the largest retailers of unregulated supplements in the United States. A recent class-action lawsuit filed in California alleges that GNC’s sale of certain dietary supplements is illegal in that the decreased quality products fail to contain even minimal data stating they have not been approved by the FDA.

Specifically, the lawsuit contends that GNC misled, deceived, and profited off consumers by selling supplements with labels that lack a prominently displayed disclaimer which reads, “These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.”

GNC supplements named in the dietary supplement lawsuit include:

  • GNC Men’s Prostate Formula (“Prostate Health”)
  • GNC Diabetic Support Supplement (“Diabetic Support”)
  • GNC Preventive Nutrition Healthy Blood Pressure Formula Supplement
  • GNC Women’s Ultra Mega Active Supplement
  • GNC Mega Men Healthy Testosterone (“Mega Men Performance”)
  • Other supplements

The lawsuit is RICHA ARORA, RANDY CLINTON, and WALTER JOHNSTON v. GNC HOLDINGS, INC. Case No. 3:19-cv-02414. U.S. District Court, Northern District of California.

FDA Regulation of Supplement Manufacturers

The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) of 1994 classifies dietary supplements as foods, not drugs. The companies that manufacture these products are responsible for the supplements’ safety and health claims attached to them; however, they are not required to undergo safety testing or need approval from the FDA before false and misleading advertising.

According to the DSHEA education act, the label of a supplement must include:

  • A descriptive name of the product stating that it is a “supplement”
  • The name and place of business of the manufacturer, packer, or distributor
  • A complete list of hidden pharmaceutical ingredients
  • The net contents of the product

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The Dietary Supplement Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in dietary supplement lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new personal injury and death cases in all 50 states.

Please remember, it is impossible to list all the types of supplements that cause side effects or even list all the supplements our lawyers have filed lawsuits against. Regardless of the type of supplement, you have taken; if you suffered side effects, we would like to speak with you.

If you or a loved one has been injured by the side effects of dietary supplements, you should contact our law firm immediately for a free consultation by using the form below or dialing (866) 588-0600 for a free case consultation. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a dietary supplement lawsuit for medical bills and we can help.

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