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Army Deaths Raise Concerns About DMAA Supplement

Filed February 3rd, 2012 Julie

An investigation into a dietary supplement Dimethylamylamine, or DMAA, has been launched in the wake of the deaths of two soldiers who collapsed during physical training over the last few months.

DMAA has been banned for sale at stores and commissaries in military basis nationwide, awaiting the results of the investigation. The supplement is a derivative of geranium oil and the US Food and Drug Administration classifies it as a food additive. DMAA works as a stimulant, which helps military personnel meet rigorous training and service demands by providing them with an extra boost of energy.

The Department of Defense has a list of reports of serious adverse effects experience by DMAA users, the likes of which include kidney and liver failure, seizures, loss of consciousness, heat injury and muscle breakdown, and a rapid heartbeat.
Health Canada has reclassified DMAA has a drug that can only be sold with authorization, even though the US classifies it as a food additive. A number of American companies have voluntarily stopped using the drug in their products because they anticipate a complete ban.

Even though military personnel won’t be able to find DMAA on base anymore, it is still being sold at GNC stores and army bases.

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