The safety of a new generation of so-called ‘party pills’ has recently been called into question after a number of users became seriously ill after taking the drugs. The pills’ main active ingredient, dimethylamylamine (DMAA), has been increasingly associated with serious side effects including seizures, heart injuries, kidney and liver failure, and death.
DMAA party pills began flooding the market after benzylpiperazine (BZP) varieties were banned, and have since become widely used among late-night partiers and club goers.
DMAA Lawsuit Update 5/4/12: Four DMAA supplement manufacturers who received warning letters from the FDA late last month have been slapped with class action lawsuits alleging their products are ‘illegal and dangerous.’
The litigation process will be watched closely, as the cases center around a hotly-debated point of contention regarding new dietary ingredients (NDIs): that synthetic versions of botanical derivatives are not classified as dietary ingredients, and are therefore not permitted for use in supplement products.
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).
DMAA Update 3/6/12: Dietary supplements containing DMAA are being stripped from retail shelves and online catalogs in the UK as part of a crackdown on supplement makers by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). To date, the agency has ordered several companies to stop selling DMAA-containing pre-workout supplements like Jack3d, OxyElite Pro, and Hemo Rage Black.
Free DMAA Party Pills Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been injured by party pills containing DMAA, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer of the party pills and we can help.
What is Dimethylamylamine (DMAA)?
Dimethylamylamine (DMAA) is a powerful stimulant allegedly derived from geranium plant oil that is typically mixed with any number of other substances to make party pills. It is designed to affect the body’s central nervous system (CNS), providing a euphoric rush similar to that of a spike in adrenaline.
Dimethylamylamine was first synthesized and patented by Eli Lilly in 1944 as a nasal decongestant, and is currently found in a great number of dietary supplements and bodybuilding products. To date, the specific chemical composition of DMAA is unknown and cannot be verified, seeing as there have been no adequate clinical trials conducted on the substance.
While most users take DMAA party pills orally, there has been at least one hospital admission linked to the drug being injected.
DMAA Party Pill Side Effects
The most serious side effects reportedly linked to DMAA-containing party pills 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 associated with DMAA party pills include:
- Skin reactions
- Profuse perspiration
- Itchy scalp and skin
Party Pill Products
The following potentially-dangerous party drugs are currently available for sale on the U.S. market:
- Space Trips
- Hippie Herb
- Sex Intense
- Big Daddy
- Mello Man
- Hops Hash
- Pure DMAA
DMAA Dietary Supplements
In addition to being found in party pills, DMAA is also a key ingredient in a number of dietary supplements, including:
- 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
- Fahrenheit Nutrition Lean EFX
- Muscle Warfare Napalm
- SNI Nitric Blast
- BIORhythm SSIN Juice
- MuscleMeds Code Red. SEI MethylHex 4,2,
- Gaspari Nutrition Spirodex
DMAA Party Pill Injuries
In 2010, a 21-year-old New Zealand man suffered a cerebral hemorrhage shortly after taking two party pills that were laced with DMAA. Subsequent testing of the pills revealed a DMAA level of 278 milligrams. No other stimulants were detected.
“A detailed examination revealed receptive and expressive dysphasia,” the doctors wrote. “His short term memory was impaired. He displayed constructional and dressing dyspraxias. He had impaired stereognosis. He had right-sided weakness grade 4+/5 in upper and lower limbs. He suffered a focal seizure involving his right arm and was commenced on phenytoin. ... A subsequent cerebral angiogram failed to show evidence of aneurysm, arteriovenous malformation or any cerebral vasculitis to account for the hemorrhage.”
Also in New Zealand, a 45-year-old man recently suffered a stroke after taking a powder form of DMAA, and a number of other users have been hospitalized with severe nausea and headaches. Industry experts estimate that millions of DMAA-containing party pills have been sold since BZP was banned in the United States in 2002.
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Do You Have a DMAA Party Pill 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 party pill lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new DMAA party pill injury cases in all 50 states.
Free DMAA Party Pills Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been injured by party pills containing DMAA, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a DMAA party pill injury suit and we can help.