2 suffer from adverse effects after taking health products with strong ingredients, banned substance: HSA



A woman in her 60s had been taking “Traditional Herbal Preparation XPE” for over nine months to relieve her joint pain. She had received it from a friend who had obtained it in Malaysia, HSA said.

Although she felt quick relief from her joint pain, it got worse when she stopped taking it or reduced the dose, leading her doctor to suspect that the product might contain undeclared ingredients. . such as steroids or painkillers.

HSA tested the product and found six medicinal ingredients:

  • dexamethasone (a steroid)
  • chlorpheniramine (an antihistamine)
  • ibuprofen (a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug)
  • lovastatin (a cholesterol-lowering drug)
  • chloramphenicol and tetracycline (both antibiotics)

Long-term unsupervised use of steroids such as dexamethasone can lead to increased blood sugar levels leading to diabetes, Cushing’s syndrome – characterized by a round or “moon face” appearance and central upper body obesity with thin limbs – as well as other serious side effects.


Another one Consumer experienced insomnia, headache and confusion after taking “FS++ slimming supplements” which was purchased from a social media platform here which featured consumer testimonials of slimming results rapids of the product.

It was found to contain sibutramine, a prescription-only weight-loss drug that was banned in 2010 due to an increased risk of heart attack and stroke.

Continued use could lead to serious health consequences such as heart problems, psychoses and hallucinations, HSA said.

HSA added that it has since worked with platform administrators to quickly remove the affected listings. Investigations against the seller are In progress.

Consumers who have purchased or taken any of the products are urged to stop using them immediately and seek medical attention if they feel unwell or have health concerns.

Sellers and suppliers of these products must also immediately stop selling them.

Those found guilty of selling and supplying adulterated products with potent medicinal ingredients can be imprisoned for up to two years or a fine of up to S$10,000, or both.

HSA has advised the public to beware of products that overstatedly claim to deliver quick and unexpected results, as they may contain ingredients that can seriously harm your health.

Consumers should also exercise caution when buying products online or from friends.

The authority added that there is no “quick and easy” way to lose weight and that people should control their weight through a balanced diet and exercise.


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