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Posted April 27, 2022

Prescription Drugs Found in Arthritis, Muscle Pain, and Osteoporosis Supplements

On April 20th, 2022, the FDA warned consumers not to use the following ”Artri“ or ”Ortiga” products promoted to treat arthritis, muscle pain, osteoporosis and bone cancer because they have been found to contain undeclared drugs that can have serious adverse effects and may interact with other medications (use the links below for more information and product photos):

FDA laboratory analysis found these products to contain one or more of following undeclared drug ingredients:

  • Dexamethasone, a corticosteroid that can cause infections, increased blood sugar, damage to bones, and psychiatric problems
  • Diclofenac sodium, an anti-inflammatory drug that can cause serious cardiovascular events such as heart attack or stroke, as well as bleeding, ulceration, and fatal tears of the stomach and intestines, or liver toxicity 
  • Methocarbamol, a muscle relaxant that can cause low blood pressure, sedation, and dizziness

Consumers who have been taking these products should consult with their healthcare provider before discontinuing, as suddenly stopping corticosteroids after long-term use can result in withdrawal syndrome.

See ConsumerLab’s articles about supplements for osteoporosis and arthritis for information about supplements promoted to help with these conditions.

For more information, use the link below.

FDA warns consumers not to purchase or use Artri and Ortiga products, which may contain hidden drug ingredients

See related recalls and warnings:

Pharmaceutical Drugs Found In Dietary Supplements Pose Danger to Consumers

Recall: Arthritis and Muscle Pain Supplement Contains Prescription Drugs

Arthritis Supplement Containing Multiple Drugs Recalled

Pharmaceutical Drugs Found In Dietary Supplements Pose Danger to Consumers