December 2, 2015 — The FDA is warning that compounded vitamins sold by Glades Drugs may contain toxic levels of Vitamin D that could cause severe, life-threatening outcomes.
The multivitamin capsules contain high amounts of Vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol) and were sold nationwide by Glades Drugs in Pahokee, Florida.
The FDA has received reports of several adverse events that could be associated with the vitamins. The agency warns that complications of Vitamin D toxicity may be severe and lead to life-threatening outcomes if left untreated.
According to the recall:
“Patients suffering adverse effects from high Vitamin D levels (Cholecalciferol) may not initially show symptoms. Therefore, patients who have received these compounded capsules should stop taking this medication and immediately seek medical attention.”
Symptoms of Vitamin D toxicity:
- Increased urination
- Increased thirst
- Loss of appetite
- Muscle weakness
In the short-term, symptoms of Vitamin D toxicity are due to high calcium levels (hypercalcemia). This could intensify irregular heart rhythms and increase the effects of some heart drugs. Long-term toxicity could cause kidney failure, calcium deposits in the blood and soft-tissues, bone demineralization, and pain. These risks may be even higher for for people with chronic kidney failure or liver disease.
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