PUTRAJAYA: The public has been urged not to buy or use a traditional medicine from Madinah, Saudi Arabia, by the name of Skyline Al Taqwa Sakit Pinggang & Lutut and Skyline Al Taqwa Gaut Asam Urat.
Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said studies conducted by the National Pharmaceutical Control Bureau’s (BPFK) National Adverse Drug Reaction Monitoring Centre found that both products contained dexamethasone, a type of corticosteroid that is controlled under the Poisons Act 1952.
“BPFK has received four reports of adverse effects involving Skyline Al Taqwa products. Among others, a patient experienced a change in behaviour and psychiatric experts diagnosed it as euphoric symptoms due to taking the products as they contained steroid,” he said in a statement yesterday.
He said dexamethasone was disallowed in traditional medicine as prolonged and unsupervised use could cause serious side effects such as weakened muscles, fragility of bones, hike in blood sugar, high blood pressure and glaucoma.
“The patient can also experience Cushing’s Syndrome, which is characterised by a round face and the enlarging of the upper body and the shrinking of the arms and legs. Adverse psychiatric effects such as euphoria, depression and psychosis were also documented for dexamethasone,” he said.
Dr Noor Hisham urged those who were still using the products to seek professional health treatment.
He said those who had taken the products for a long period of time should not to stop abruptly because it could cause serious steroid withdrawal syndrome, such as confusion and a drop in blood pressure. — Bernama
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