Do not use these three traditional medicines

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  • Thursday, 29 Aug 2013

PUTRAJAYA: Three traditional remedies have been found to contain scheduled poisons, said the Health Ministry.

According to its senior director of pharmaceutical services, Datuk Eisah A. Rahman, the public has been advised not to buy or use the three products containing sildenafil and dexamethasone.

The National Pharmaceutical Control Bureau had received information from its Singapore counterpart, the Health Sciences Authority, that the three products are Li Long Mei Guo Mo Bang (sildenafil), Africa Black Ant (sildenafil) and Ginseng Tu Chong Wan Lin Heong (dexamethasone).

Eisah said in a statement yesterday that checks found that all the three products were not registered with the Drug Control Authority.

“The use of sildenafil and dexamethasone is not allowed in traditional medicine,” she added.

Sildenafil, commonly marketed under the brand Viagra, is a drug used in the treatment of erectile dysfunction, and can only be supplied by a doctor or obtained from pharmacies with a prescription.

Dexamethasone is a potent anti-inflammatory drug often used in the treatment of allergy, and is also a prescription medicine. — Bernama

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