The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning about the illegally imported weight-gain supplement apetamin, which has been linked to several adverse events. The FDA alert revealed that apetamin is being promoted on social media as a weight-gain enhancer and that young adults are reporting cardiac and nervous system disorders, liver injury, dizziness, cognitive impairment, and sedation after taking the drug.
Apetamin contains the antihistamine cyproheptadine, which is approved for seasonal allergic rhinitis and allergic conjunctivitis due to allergens and foods. However, the supplement has been associated with autoimmune hepatitis, as well as hallucinations, convulsions, coma, and even death.
Although apetamin is illegal, it is still available on several online sites, including stores on the popular marketplace Etsy. Illegal online pharmacies have long been a hurdle in the work done by regulatory and enforcement agencies, as sellers often market counterfeit drugs.
Even with approved therapies, those indicated for weight loss have seen rapid growth in recent years, and have now ventured into the online sphere. Online pharmacies like Ro have begun to make a splash by offering drugs like Novo Nordisk’s Wegovy (semaglutide) and Ozempic.
If you have taken apetamin and are experiencing any adverse symptoms, it is important to seek medical attention immediately. The FDA maintains an Adverse Event Reporting System dashboard that allows the public to view data built from adverse event reports filed by healthcare professionals, the pharmaceutical industry, and consumers.
Filing a Liver Damage Claim
If you have suffered injuries or adverse effects from taking the weight-gain supplement apetamin, you may be entitled to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer or seller of the product. As we previously discussed, apetamin has been linked to several adverse events, including dizziness, cognitive impairment, sedation, liver injury, and even autoimmune hepatitis.
The dangers of unregulated supplements like apetamin are well-known, and regulatory agencies like the FDA have issued warnings about the risks associated with these products. However, despite these warnings, many companies continue to market and sell these supplements without proper testing or approval.
If you have suffered injuries from taking apetamin, it is important to seek medical attention immediately. Your health and well-being should be your top priority, and a healthcare professional can help you manage any symptoms or complications that may arise.
Once you have sought medical attention, you may want to consider filing a lawsuit against the manufacturer or seller of apetamin. Lawsuits related to harmful supplements like apetamin can be complex and require the expertise of an experienced attorney.
To file a successful lawsuit, you will need to establish that the manufacturer or seller of the product was negligent in some way, and that their negligence directly caused your injuries. This may involve gathering evidence, including medical records and documentation of the product’s ingredients and manufacturing processes.
Additionally, if there have been other cases of injury or harm associated with the product, this may help strengthen your case. In the case of apetamin, the recent FDA warning and reports of adverse events may be valuable evidence in a lawsuit.
It is also important to note that there may be other parties involved in the sale and distribution of apetamin, including online marketplaces and illegal online pharmacies. Your attorney can help identify all parties who may be liable for your injuries and include them in your lawsuit.
If you are considering filing a lawsuit related to injuries sustained from apetamin or any other harmful supplement, it is important to consult with a skilled attorney who has experience in this area of law. They can guide you through the legal process and help you pursue the compensation you deserve.
If you have suffered injuries from taking the weight-gain supplement apetamin, you may be entitled to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer or seller of the product. Lawsuits related to harmful supplements can be complex, and it is important to consult with one of the experienced products liability attorneys at Parker Waichman LLP who can help you navigate the legal process. Additionally, seeking medical attention should be your top priority if you have experienced adverse effects from taking apetamin or any other supplement.
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