-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas
FRIDAY, Dec. 27, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Consumers should not
use Mass Destruction, a dietary supplement used to stimulate muscle
growth, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned Monday.
The body-building product, available in retail stores, fitness
gyms and online, contains potentially harmful synthetic steroids
and anyone currently using it should stop immediately, the FDA
The warning was prompted by a report from the North Carolina
Department of Health and Human Services involving a serious injury
related to use of Mass Destruction. A healthy 28-year-old man who
used the product for several weeks experienced liver failure, which
required a transplant, according to the FDA.
"Products marketed as supplements that contain anabolic steroids pose a real danger to consumers," Howard Sklamberg, director of the Office of Compliance in the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said in an agency news release. "The FDA is committed to ensuring that products marketed as dietary supplements and vitamins do not pose harm to consumers."
The FDA explained that liver damage is a known risk associated
with use of anabolic steroids and steroid-like substances. Although
Mass Destruction's ingredients are undergoing additional analysis,
the FDA said it contains at least one synthetic anabolic steroid,
according to the product's label.
An investigation is also under way to identify the manufacturer
of Mass Destruction, which is produced for Blunt Force Nutrition,
based in Sims, N.C.
Anyone who believes they are experiencing problems related to
Mass Destruction or other body-building products is advised to see
their doctor right away and report adverse reactions to the FDA.
Warning signs of health issues that could arise include the
Long-term consequences of anabolic steroid use may also include
adverse effects on blood fat levels and increased risk of heart
attack and stroke, according to the release. Women who use anabolic
steroids may also become more masculine. Meanwhile, men may
experience shrinkage of the testicles, breast enlargement or
infertility. Anabolic steroids can also affect children's growth,
the FDA said.
The U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse has more on
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