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How Dangerous is DMAA?

Ten days after the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) sent letters to a number of dietary supplement manufacturers requesting safety information on their DMAA-containing products, a Harvard researcher is calling for an outright nationwide ban on the controversial ingredient. The concern is that DMAA, which is short for dimethylamylamine, may narrow blood vessels, which can increase blood pressure and lead to heart attacks, strokes, and even death. DMAA is a popular ingredient in many best-selling diet and bodybuilding supplements such as Jack3d, OxyElite Pro, and Hemo Rage Black.

DMAA Update 7/16/12: Researchers from the University of Texas, Arlington, recently tested and compared a number of DMAA-containing dietary supplements against commercially available geranium extracts, and detected no presence of the controversial substance in the geranium samples. The source of DMAA is a hot button issue as of late, because it could ultimately determine the outcome of a string of class action lawsuits filed against DMAA manufacturers and distributors. Click here to learn more.

DMAA Update 5/14/12: Despite a recent FDA crackdown on DMAA-containing bodybuilding products, the Army will continue its research into the effects of the controversial dietary supplement ingredient. According to a Department of Defense (DOD) spokesperson, the military has an ‘intense interest’ in the results of the Army Public Health Command’s ongoing research on DMAA. Click here to learn more.

Free DMAA Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury you feel may have been caused by a DMAA-containing dietary supplement, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer of the supplement and we can help.

What’s the problem?

First introduced as a nasal decongestant in 1948, DMAA was withdrawn as an approved drug in the 1970s after animal testing concluded the substance was structurally similar to ephedra. Often touted as a ‘natural stimulant,’ supplement manufacturers base this claim on a highly questionable study from a now-defunct journal claiming it was a derivative of geranium oil. To date, the FDA has received at least 42 adverse event reports about products containing DMAA.

“The main message about DMAA is that it should be avoided,” says Pieter Cohen, MD. Cohen is an internist at Cambridge Health Alliance and an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston. “This ingredient should never have been in supplements in first place.”

When asked about how dangerous he thinks DMAA is, Cohen said “Currently research is being conducted to see how dangerous they (DMAA-containing dietary supplements) are, but we know that there have been reports of death, stroke, and heart failure among people taking DMAA.” Cohen is so concerned about the potential side effects of DMAA that he published a letter in the Archives of Internal Medicine outlining his perspective on the matter.

“It is more potent than ephedra, and ephedra is already removed from the market,” he says. “At best, DMAA is a waste of money and at worst, it can damage your health.”

Do I Have a DMAA Lawsuit?

The Product Liability & Defective Drug Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in DMAA lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new DMAA side effects cases in all 50 states.

Free DMAA Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been injured after consuming a dietary supplement containing DMAA, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a DMAA injury suit and we can help.

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