The controversial dietary supplement ingredient dimethylamylamine (DMAA) has recently been banned in military facilities around the country after being associated with the deaths of two U.S. soldiers who collapsed during routine physical training. DMAA is classified by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) as a food additive, and acts as a stimulant that provides users with an extra boost of energy during a workout or other physical activity. Unfortunately, a number of serious side effects have been associated with DMAA including seizures, heart injury, kidney and liver failure, and death.
Free Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been injured after taking a dietary supplement containing DMAA, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer of DMAA and we can help.
Update: Feds ask Judge to Reject Hi-Tech’s Motion in DMAA Lawsuit
May 3, 2017 – The U.S. Justice Department has asked a federal judge to deny a request by Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals Inc. to vacate an order stating that the manufacturer’s DMAA supplements are adulterated. In a summary order issued last month, U.S. District Judge Willis B. Hunt, Jr., ruled in favor of the FDA and against Hi-Tech and its CEO and principal owner Jared Wheat when he declared that DMAA is not a dietary ingredient, and that Hi-Tech’s DMAA-containing supplements are adulterated and subject to seizure.
What’s the problem with DMAA?
In February 2012, the Department of Defense (DoD) halted sales on products containing DMAA in military facilities following the deaths of two soldiers and numerous reports of adverse health effects in service members related to the use of dietary supplements. In the summer of 2011, a 22-year-old soldier collapsed and died during a jog at a military base in the Southwestern US. Later that year, a 32-year-old soldier collapsed during a fitness test and subsequently died after a month in the hospital. Test results revealed that both soldiers died from cardiac arrest after taking supplements containing DMAA.
Seeing as it is classified as a food additive, dimethylamylamine does not require approval by the FDA to be sold. Yet a number of prominent sports organizations, including the World Anti-Doping Authority which regulates drug use by Olympic athletes, list DMAA as a banned stimulant.
The United Natural Products Alliance (UNPA) has stated that supplement makers should not label DMAA as geranium oil, or as any other part of the geranium plant, due to the fact that only one questionable study is repeatedly referenced to show that DMAA is a naturally occurring constituent of geranium oil (Ping, Z.; Jun, Q. & Qing, L. (1996), ‘A Study on the Chemical Constituents of Geranium Oil, Journal of Guizhou Institute of Technology 25 (1): 82–85).
While the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) says it is possible that DMAA could be found in geranium oil, it recently introduced a trade requirement stipulating that members should not label DMAA as geranium oil or as any other part of the geranium plant.
Jonathan Woodson, the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, requested that the surgeons general of the military services conduct a review of all available scientific evidence and adverse event reports to better understand the safety and efficacy of DMAA. The Department of Defense’s moratorium will remain in effect pending further investigation of scientific evidence and reported events.
In addition to the two deaths, the Army has also stated that it has received reports of acute kidney and liver failure, loss of consciousness, seizures and rapid heartbeat in soldiers who took DMAA-containing dietary supplements. One reported study of OxyElite Pro identified side effects including cold sweats and increased blood pressure that could lead to serious heart problems.
Despite the DoD’s moratorium on sales of DMAA products on military bases around the country, dietary supplements containing the product remain on the shelves of national retailers like GNC and The Vitamin Shoppe.
DMAA Side Effects
Serious side effects associated with DMAA include:
- Irregular heartbeat
- Heart attack
- Liver damage or liver failure
- Kidney damage or kidney failure
- Psychiatric side effects
- Elevated blood pressure
- Sudden cardiac death
Other, less severe side effects commonly reported in DMAA users include:
- Skin reactions
- Profuse perspiration
- Itchy scalp and skin
Dietary supplements containing DMAA include:
- OxyElite Pro
- Nutrex Lipo-6 Black products
- Nutrex Hemo-Rage Black
- Hemo Rage
- Ripped Freak
- Velocity XT
- Amp 2
- Muscle Spike
- iSatori PWR
- Muscletech NeuroCore
- Muscletech HydroxyStim
- Farenheit Nutrition Lean EFX
- Muscle Warfare Napalm
- SNI Nitric Blast
- BIORhythm SSIN Juice
- MuscleMeds Code Red. SEI MethylHex 4,2,
- Gaspari Nutrition Spirodex
OxyElite Pro Liver Failure Update 10/1/13: The Hawaii State Department of Health has confirmed that at least 32 new cases of liver failure have been linked to OxyElite Pro (OEP), a controversial pre-workout dietary supplement. As a result of these events, the Department of Health sent out an alert to medical professionals around the country requesting that doctors and dietitians report any patients suffering from liver conditions who were taking OxyElite Pro or other similar dietary supplements. Click here to learn more.
DMAA Update 4/27/12: The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) today sent warning letters to 10 manufacturers and distributors of DMAA-containing dietary supplements for marketing products whose safety has not been proven. Specifically, the FDA’s letters accuse the companies of marketing products for which a notification has not been submitted for the use of DMAA as a New Dietary Supplement (NDI). Click here to learn more.
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