HSA: 1 Person Hospitalised After Taking Black Pills

The Health Sciences Authority (HSA) on Monday (Dec 21) warned the public not to consume or buy black pills from a treatment centre in Changi named Pusat Rawatan Daul Ilaaj, after they caused one patient here to be hospitalised.

The pills are touted to help maintain general well-being and relief of body aches. Even though they are labelled to be of herbal origin, they were found to contain dexamethasone and chlorpheniramine, which are undeclared medicinal ingredients, said HSA in a news release. Dexamethasone, which is a potent steroid, could cause adverse effects including Cushing’s syndrome, increased blood glucose levels and high blood pressure. Chlorpheniramine, which is an antihistamine, could cause drowsiness, blurred vision and vomiting.

A diabetic patient in his 50s was hospitalised for uncontrolled hypertension and Cushing’s syndrome after he took the pills, HSA said. As stopping the pills cause general discomfort, joint swelling and aches, he continued consuming the black pills for a prolonged period. His condition improved after he was referred to a specialist and stopped taking the pills.

HSA advised those who are consuming the pills to consult a doctor as soon as possible. However, HSA warned the public not to stop taking the pills immediately, as the sudden discontinuation of steroids without medical supervision could cause withdrawal symptoms such as weakness, fatigue and low blood pressure.

HSA said it has also told Pusat Rawatan Daul Ilaaj and other retailers to stop the sales and distribution of the pills. Offenders could face a fine of up to S$10,000 and/or up to two years in jail.


Source: www.channelnewsasia.com

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