Dietary supplements made by IDS Sports are being recalled because they contain steroids not listed on the labeling and may cause acute liver injury and other serious health problems, the Food and Drug Administration said.
The recalled products contain madol, turinabol, superdrol, and androstenedione, all of which are considered steroids by the FDA, officials said Specific lots and packages of the following brand-name products are included in today’s recall:
- Dual Action Grow Tabs
- Grow Tabs
- Mass Tabs
- Ripped Tabs TR
The recalled products were sold in black boxes containing blister packs of 60 capsules and white bottles with black labels containing 30 or 60 capsules, the FDA said. For a complete listing of the recalled products, see the FDA’s recall notice.
Serious Injuries Linked to Steroid Use
While there have been no reports of illnesses or injuries in people taking the recalled dietary supplements, the use of steroids has been linked to acute liver injury. Steroid use also is associated with shrinkage of the testes and male infertility, breast enlargement in males, short stature in children, a higher predilection to misuse other drugs and alcohol, adverse effects on blood lipid levels, and increased risk of heart attack, stroke, and death, the FDA said.
In May 2009, more than one dozen brands of Hydroxycut brand dietary supplements were ordered recalled after reports of liver failure and liver damage in some users. At least one user of those products died as a result of liver failure and another required a liver transplant as a result of the damage, officials said.
Customers who have the recalled IDS Sports dietary supplements in their possession should stop using them immediately and contact their physician if they have experienced any problems that may be related to using one or more of the products, federal safety officials said.