May 13, 2015 — Three weeks after the FDA warned about supplements laced with BMPEA, an amphetamine-like drug, a team of researchers have linked it to a case report of a hemorrhagic stroke.
The report was published by Dr. Pieter A. Cohen and colleagues at Harvard Medical School in the Archives of Internal Medicine.
The case involves a healthy 53 year-old woman from Sweden who had never used workout supplements. Unfortunately, she decided to use a product called Jacked Power, made by MM Sports AB.
Following directions on the label, she took a 13-gram dose of the product about 30 minutes before her normal, vigorous exercise routine. Only 45 minutes into her workout, her left arm went numb and she decided to seek medical attention.
When she arrived at the hospital, she had high blood pressure. Further tests discovered a 2-cm hemorrhage in her brain, but no other signs of inflammation or blood vessel abnormalities.
She was diagnosed with a hemorrhagic stroke (bleeding in the brain) and was discharged from the hospital five days later with only minor symptoms, according to Forbes.
Subsequent testing of “Jacked Power” revealed that it contained 290-mg of BMPEA, in addition to the 300-mg of caffeine listed on the label. To put this in perspective, the amount of BMPEA was three times higher than the most-potent supplement tested by Dr. Cohen’s research team.
Last month, Dr. Cohen’s research team identified 11 supplements containing BMPEA and warned that the drug’s “safety in humans has never been studied.”
Soon after that report was published, the FDA issued warning letters to five companies who were selling BMPEA-laced workout and weight-loss supplements.
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