Saturday, 29 September 2018
Steroids found in 2 juice drinks from Malaysia
The Health Sciences Authority (HSA) has warned the public to avoid buying and consuming two juice drinks from Malaysia after they were found to have caused serious steroid-induced side effects in at least five people, including a child.
The HSA said yesterday that the two products, Jus Al Sunnah Gold 1001 Khasiat Jus Alternatif and Jus Al Sunnah 1001 Khasiat Jus Alternatif, were tested and found to contain potent medicinal ingredients.
The undeclared ingredients included dexamethasone and prednisolone, which are potent steroids usually prescribed for inflammatory conditions that should only be taken under strict medical supervision.
Long-term unsupervised use of oral steroids can cause Cushing's syndrome, diabetes and high blood pressure, the HSA said. Users may also be susceptible to bone disorders and an increased risk of infections and muscle weakness.