Updated: 05/07/2014 23:30

Two illegal pain relief products found to contain potent western medicinal ingredients

Jin Long Snakes Bones Rheumatic Capsules (© Photo: HSA)

Jin Long Snakes Bones Rheumatic Capsules (Photo: HSA)

The Health Sciences Authority (HSA) is alerting the public to two illegal pain relief health products which contain potent western medicinal ingredients. 

These two products are 'JIN LONG Snakes' Bones Rheumatic Capsules' and 'Golden Dragon Linzi Dong Mai Dan.' 

The products were either bough from medical halls overseas or through the Internet. 

HSA says a one patient in his 60s who had consumed 'JIN LONG Snakes' Bones Rheumatic Capsules' was found to suffer from Cushing's syndrome and gastric complications. 

Another patient in her 50s experienced rapid relief of her pain symptoms after taking 'Golden Dragon Linzi Dong Mai Dan'. 

HSA's laboratory tests found several undeclared medicinal ingredients such as steroids and a potent painkiller, piroxicam. 

It says long term unsupervised use of the steroids can cause increased blood glucose levels leading to diabetes and high blood pressure, as well as an increased risk of infections and Cushing's syndrome and upper body obesity with thin limbs. 

Cushing's syndrome is characterised by a round face or 'moon face.' 

Piroxicam may potentially cause serious gastric bleeding.

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