In recent years, the FDA has identified hundreds of supplements marketed as dietary supplements and medications that have lots of hidden drugs and stimulants banned by the FDA.  Hence, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is currently using all types of tools at its disposal to verify whether FDA bans dietary supplements containing any stimulant called dimethylamylamine (DMAA) and other illegal ingredients. 

The ingredient dimethylamylamine (DMAA) is most commonly found in weight loss, sleep pills, pain relief, and sports supplements as they induce weight loss, muscle building, and performance enhancement. These supplements were found to contain cocktails and stimulants banned by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) a year ago as they were considered to be dangerous which elevates blood pressure that could lead to cardiovascular problems like heart attack, shortness of breath, and tightness of the chest. 

Unlike drugs, supplements are not to treat, diagnose, prevent and cure disease. The Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) noted that the dietary ingredients include vitamins, herbs, amino acids, and other botanical ingredients as dietary supplements to be used by people in the form of tablets, capsules, powders, gelcaps, and liquids.

Stimulants Banned By FDA

Based on the FDA’s preliminary evaluation, some ingredients were added to the dietary supplement ingredient advisory list. The FDA announces that consumers, retailers, and manufacturers should avoid purchasing, distributing, and consuming dietary supplements that contain the following ingredients. 

  • 1,4 – DMAA
  • 5 – Alpha – Hydroxy – Laxogenin
  • Andarine 
  • Bismuth Nitrate 
  • Higenamine 
  • Hordenine
  • N – Methyltyramine 
  • Octopamine 
  • Sodium Tetrachloroaurate 
  • Sulbutiamine 

The FDA does not only ban the above-mentioned ingredients. These ingredients also take place in the athlete prohibition List.  This evaluation indicates that the above-mentioned ingredients may not be lawfully added to the dietary supplements and FDA also receives 86 reports of deaths and illnesses (heart problems, nerve problems, and psychiatric disorders) linked to supplements containing the above-mentioned ingredients. 

So, based on the existing law, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) can take any action on markets to remove unhealthy products from them. Hence, FDA warned companies that are known to be using DMAA and other illegal ingredients in dietary supplements.