KUALA LUMPUR: The Health Ministry yesterday advised consumers to stop buying three unregistered traditional medicine and a slimming product as they were found to contain scheduled poisons.

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The three traditional medicine named by the Health Ministry were ‘Majun Dua Istimewa’, ‘Makjun Taufiq Dua Istimewa’ and ‘Madu Adunan Herba’ plus the slimming product known as ‘Figure-Up’.

The Health Ministry’s Pharmaceutical services senior director Datuk Eisah Abdul Rahman said tests carried out by the ministry on the three traditional medicine found ‘dexamethasone’ among its contents, a product that can cause liver and kidney problems if not consumed without advise from doctors.

“A patient has died due to kidney complications after consuming ‘Majun Dua Istimewa’ products for two months, purportedly as a pain relief,” she said in a statement, here yesterday.

Other symptoms include obesity, ‘Cushing’s Syndrome’, allergy, increase in cholesterol, headache, stomach ulcer, osteoporosis, breathing difficulty, virus attack and disruption in blood flow.

Esah said ‘dexamethasone’ which is controlled under the Sale of Drugs Act 1952, is a potent anti-inflammatory drug often used to treat allergy and must only be consumed upon a doctor’s prescription.
She said the named traditional medicines were still being sold despite raids carried out by the Health Ministry’s enforcement division.
Meanwhile, ‘Figure-Up’ contains sibutramine which is used to reduce weight, especially by obesity patients.
Esah said medicine or products containing sibutramine were banned in Malaysia since June 23, due to risks posed by the product. — Bernama

Source : Borneo Post

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