DMAA Linked to Serious and Life-Threatening Side Effects
The popular weight-loss and bodybuilding supplement ingredient, DMAA (dimethylamylamine) has been linked to reports of dangerous and life-threatening side effects including:
- Sudden death
- Heart attack
- Kidney damage and kidney failure
- Liver damage and liver failure
Other potential side effects of this dangerous drug include increased heart rate and blood pressure, heart failure, shortness of breath, seizures, loss of consciousness, muscle breakdown (rhabdo), headache, nausea, DMAA addiction and psychiatric disorders.
What is DMAA?
DMAA is a vasoconstrictor and central nervous system stimulant. It acts like an amphetamine in the body and is synthetically produced, yet is touted as a “natural” stimulant in bodybuilding and weight-loss aids. DMAA is also known as 1,3-dimethylamylamine, methylhexanamine, or geranium extract / geranainine. It is used in over 200 brand-name dietary supplements.
FDA Takes Action Against DMAA
After 42 consumers reported adverse events from taking products with DMAA, including cardiac disorders, nervous system disorders, psychiatric problems and death, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) took regulatory action. In April 2012, the FDA issued warning letters to 10 manufacturers and distributors of products containing DMAA stating that it is not eligible to be used as an active ingredient in dietary supplements. The agency also warned against marketing a product for which no safety evidence has been submitted.
In December of 2011, the Department of Defense (DOD) ordered vendors on military bases to halt the sale of products containing DMAA following the death of two service members who had been taking the drug.
DMAA has been added to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and Major League Baseball (MLB) lists of banned substances. The sale of DMAA is prohibited in Canada and New Zealand.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a DMAA or a dangerous drug, contact Sokolove Law for a free legal consultation and to find out if a dangerous drugs attorney may be able to help you.