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DMAA Warnings from Spain and Netherlands

DMAA Warnings from Spain and Netherlands

September 7, 2012 — Health authorities in Spain and the Netherlands are warning that the popular dietary supplement DMAA (also known as geranium oil/extract, 1,3-dimethylamylamine, methylhexanamine, and more) can have severe, life-threatening side effects. Spanish health authorities said they were “conducting necessary investigations to proceed with the withdrawal from the market.” They are currently “advising consumers to refrain from consuming dietary supplements containing this substance.”

Dutch health authorities in the Netherlands warned specifically against athletes consuming DMAA, given that it is listed as a banned substance by the World Anti-Doping Agency. The health authorities warned:

“DMAA containing products are often sold as dietary supplements through online shops that specialize in fitness/bodybuilding – or slimming products. DMAA may have effects on heart rate and blood vessels and is often combined with caffeine.”

The most popular product containing DMAA is Jack3d, manufactured by the American company USP Labs. It is marketed as a pre-workout energy booster. Unfortunately, health experts around the world have warned that DMAA is dangerous on its own, but when combined with exercise, it could cause fatal complications. DMAA is a stimulant drug, similar to amphetamines but much weaker. It is known to increase blood pressure and heart rate, and may also have neurological side effects. Dozens of adverse events and several deaths have been attributed to DMAA.

Spain and the Netherlands join a growing list of countries taking action against DMAA. Other countries include the United States, Canada, the U.K., Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, France, Italy, Malta, and more. The last country to take action was the U.K., which issued an outright ban of DMAA in the country.

The Spanish health authorities named the following products in their investigation:

  • Spirodex
  • Napalm
  • Tested Burner
  • Mass Pump3D
  • Presurge Unleashed
  • Beta-Cret Extreme
  • Noxpum
  • HydroxyStim
  • Neurocore
  • Mesomorph
  • OxyElite

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