FDA Warns About Risks of DMAA Supplements

DMAA, or Dimethylamylamine, is a compound that is found in several dietary supplements increasingly marketed to the public in the last few years. These DMAA supplements have been advertised as enabling agents of weight loss and increased energy benefits. Importantly, these products have also been marketed as safe and effective supplements. However, in recent months, new information concerning DMAA has been released which sheds light on the true dangers of products containing the compound.

On April 27, 2012, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned several companies that it had received dozens of adverse reports about products containing DMAA.  Through the FDA reports and other sources of information, DMAA is now thought to be associated with several serious health problems, including nervous system disorders, psychological disorders, stroke, elevated blood pressure and heart rate, heart palpitations, heart attack, and even death.  Specifically, DMAA can cause narrowing of the blood vessels and arteries, which among other negative consequences, can lead to a heart attack. Earlier this year, the United States Defense Department order the removal of DMAA products from military base stores following the heart attack deaths of two soldiers taking DMAA supplements.

The FDA named the following DMAA supplements in its warning letters: Biorhythm SSIN Juice, Code Red, Jack3D, Hemo Rage Black, Lipo-6 Black, Lean Efx, MethylHex 4, Napalm, Nitric Blast, Oxy Elite Pro, PWR, and Spirodex. These products may have been marketed or advertised to be free of health risk in order to entice consumers into their purchase. Of particular concern are the representations by sellers of DMAA products that they are risk free. Such representations may be violations of false advertising laws.  In fact, one lawsuit was recently filed in the Southern District of California against the makers of Jack3D for false advertising and other claims.

If you or someone you know has purchased one of the DMAA supplements mentioned above, please complete the form below so that a consumer protection attorney may review your information to determine whether you have a potential claim based on your purchase and use of a DMAA supplement.

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