OxyElite Pro is a dietary supplement sold as a fat-burning pill. It contains DMAA, a stimulant drug that has recently been linked to the deaths of two soldiers who suffered heart attacks during physical training. The U.S. military has recently banned the sale of DMAA (including the popular supplement Jack3d) on military bases. Many people also use DMAA in Party Pills. Severe side effects of OxyElite Pro may include heart attacks, stroke, liver and kidney failure, and death.
What You Can Do & How an OxyElite Pro Lawsuit Can Help
The Schmidt Firm, LLP is currently accepting OxyElite Pro induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been injured by OxyElite Pro, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our OxyElite Pro Litigation Group or call us toll-free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.
UPDATE: FDA Sends Warning Letter to Manufacturer of OxyElite Pro
April 16, 2013 – New FDA warning for DMAA. Click here to read more.
January 23, 2013 – USPLabs has agreed to settle a DMAA class action lawsuit for $2 million. Click here to read more.
April 27, 2012 –USP Labs, LLC, the company that manufactures and distributes OxyElite Pro, has just received a Warning Letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA has concluded that “synthetically-produced DMAA is not a ‘dietary ingredient’ and, therefore, is not eligible to be used as an active ingredient in a dietary supplement.” The company is being specifically cited for failing to provide the FDA with a New Dietary Ingredient (NDI) notification. By law, all supplements that contain ingredients introduced after 1994 must provide the FDA with an NDI with evidence of the safety of the ingredient. Because manufacturers have never provided the FDA with this information, supplements containing DMAA are adulterated. Furthermore, the FDA warns that DMAA is known to cause blood vessel constriction, which can elevate blood pressure and increase the risk of deadly heart attacks.
OxyElite Pro Overview
OxyElite Pro is a dietary supplement that is mostly used for weight-loss and pre-workout performance enhancement. It is sold for $30-40 online and in dietary supplement stores such as GNC. OxyElite Pro contains DMAA, a stimulant drug with effects similar to amphetamines and ephedrine. DMAA is listed on the ingredient label of OxyElite Pro as “1,3-Dimethylamylamine (Geranium [stem]).” It is important to note that there is no credible evidence linking DMAA to the geranium plant, or any natural source.
OxyElite Pro is advertised as a “super thermogenic fat burner.” In the bodybuilding world, the term “thermogenic” refers to drugs that increase a person’s metabolic rate, causing the body to produce more heart, burn more calories, and burn fat (caffeine and ephedrine are two examples).
DMAA is often listed on product labels under the following names:
- Geranamine, Geranium oil, extract, or any part of the geranium plant
- methylhexaneamine (MHA)
Products containing DMAA include:
- USPlabs Jack3d (Tropical Fruit and Lemon Lime)
- USPlabs Oxy Elite Pro
- Nutrex Lipo 6 Black Caps (his and hers)
- Nutrex Lipo 6 Black Ultra Concentrated (his and hers)
- Nutrex Hemo Rage Black Powder (Punch and Berry)
- Isatori PWR
- Muscletech Neurocore
- Muscletech Hydroxyslim
- Fahrenheit Nutrition Lean EFX
- Muscle Warfare Napalm
- All American Efx K-Otic
- SNI Nitric Blast
- BIORhythm SSIN Juice
- Muscle Meds Code Red
- SEI MethylHex (4 and 2)
- Grenade (universal) Grenade
- M.A.P. (iovate) Arson
- Gaspari Nutrition Spirodex
Military Bans DMAA & OxyElite Pro after Soldier Deaths
The U.S. Department of Defense banned the sale of DMAA on military bases after two soldiers suffered fatal heart attacks on the same base in the American Southwest. One soldier who died was a 22 year-old, who collapsed during a training run. The other soldier was a 32 year-old, who collapsed during a physical fitness test. Both soldiers had DMAA in their bloodstream.
The military decided to pull DMAA products (including OxyElite Pro) off the shelves on military bases pending further review of the safety of the products. They cited concern that the products could cause deadly cardiovascular events, higher blood pressure, liver and kidney failure, lethal exhaustion, and more.
Another death linked to DMAA was a New Zealand man who took DMAA-laced party pills and later died. Though his death may have been caused by factors other than DMAA, the fact that he had DMAA in his bloodstream is a cause for concern. Following this death, the government of New Zealand banned the sale and use of DMAA.
OxyElite Pro and the Geranium Plant
On the ingredient label for OxyElite Pro, DMAA is listed a “geranium stem.” A spokeswoman for USPlabs told the New York Times that DMAA is a natural substance derived from an Asian geranium, no more dangerous than caffeine, and has been used as food for more than a century.
The link between DMAA and the geranium plant is a point of contention, with most experts now agreeing that there is no credible evidence linking DMAA to any natural source. The government of Canada and New Zealand have banned DMAA because they believe is a synthetic drug. The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA), an herbal supplement trade group, has also banned its members from advertising DMAA as any part of the geranium plant.
The only report linking DMAA to the geranium was published in a Chinese technical journal in 1996. The report was not peer-reviewed. The authors of the report took dried botanical samples from a species of Asian geranium, and then ran the samples through a gas-spectrometer machine. The analysis included an automated system that identified 40 different compounds in the plant, including DMAA. Since that report was published, no one has been able to reproduce the results. The manufacturers of DMAA have never provided an independent chemist with the cut and dried botanical samples from which they purportedly derive the drug.
Though the evidence linking DMAA to a natural source is very weak, the evidence linking DMAA to a synthetic source is relatively strong. Synthetic DMAA was first mass-produced by the pharmaceutical drug company Eli Lilly in the 1940s. The company developed the drug as a nasal decongestant spray called Forthane, which was not a success. In the 1950s, safety studies of DMAA in animals found that it was more potent than ephedrine. Ephedrine was once a popular dietary supplement in the U.S., but it has since been linked to life-threatening cardiovascular events.
OxyElite Pro Side Effects
The safety studies on USPlabs website claim that OxyElite Pro and other DMAA-containing dietary supplements are safe to use. The studies they cite were conducted on very small sample sizes (seven studies, involving 98 people, many of whom were taking a placebo). Most of the studies were “published” in an online journal that has a volunteer system for peer-review, and claims that it will publish studies in as little as three weeks. Furthermore, most of the studies were conducted over short periods of time (hours or weeks).
The reality is, no one knows how safe or effective DMAA is to use. Because these products are sold as dietary supplements, they have never been approved by the FDA. The manufacturers have never provided safety data to a government agency.
Advocates for DMAA products say that if a user “cycles” on and off the drug, they can avoid safety risks. You should know that many drugs actually become far more dangerous when a user is going on and off them, and there is no safety data backing up this safety method.
Other advocates say that a user should use “common sense” and take “reasonable” amounts of the drug. Because there is very little scientific literature regarding the safety of DMAA, there is no way to know what is a “reasonable” amount or whether the drug is safe to use.
Health risks associated with the use of OxyElite Pro and DMAA products include:
- Cold sweats
- Increased blood pressure
- Liver and kidney failure
- Loss of consciousness
- Racing heartbeat
- Heart Attack
- Lethal exhaustion
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