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The Health Science Authority (HSA) in Singapore has warned against the use of Euzema Confidence Revival Cream for eczema after it was found to have contained high levels of toxic substances that can cause adverse effects on health.

The substances found were arsenic, betamethasone, and salicylic acid. One user had reportedly developed a skin reaction called purpura, which was suspected to be caused by realgar, a mineral containing arsenic that was labelled on the cream.

Eczema Cream Containing Arsenic

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Tests revealed that the cream contained over 430 times the allowed limits of arsenic, a toxic heavy metal.

Exposure to this ingredient can result in various skin issues such as skin rashes, blisters, and peeling due to contact dermatitis. If products containing high levels of arsenic are used frequently and over extended periods of time, it could lead to arsenic poisoning.

They found that the cream contained high levels of betamethasone, a potent steroid, and salicylic acid, a chemical exfoliant that could lead to dry, irritated and red skin if used in high amounts.

It was also indicated that betamethasone should be used only under strict medical supervision as it can have serious adverse effects if used inappropriately.

Long-term use of steroids can suppress the body’s natural steroid production and sudden stopping without medical supervision can lead to adrenal insufficiency that has serious withdrawal symptoms.

HSA advised those who have used the cream to seek medical attention as soon as possible.

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Negative Side Effects After Taking Slimming Products

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The HSA also received feedback from the public regarding the sale of three weight loss products: HONEY Q Dietary Supplement Product, SLIME 7D ADVANCE Slimming Pill, and FINOs.

One consumer reported experiencing vomiting and a headache after consuming FINOs.

All three products were marketed as “herbal and natural” and were available for sale on popular local e-commerce and social media platforms like Lazada, Qoo10, Shopee, and eBay. SLIME 7D ADVANCE Slimming Pill, in particular, claimed to be free from any banned substances.

Contrary to these claims, the HSA conducted tests and identified the presence of potent medicinal ingredients, including sibutramine, benzyl sibutramine, fluoxetine, and orlistat in the products.

In Singapore, sibutramine has been banned since 2010 due to its increased risk of heart attacks and strokes. It was previously only available as a prescription medication for weight loss.

The use of sibutramine and benzyl sibutramine can lead to serious side effects such as high blood pressure, heightened heart rate, anxiety, and heart attacks.

Fluoxetine is a prescription-only medicine that should only be used under medical supervision, while orlistat is a pharmacy-only medicine that requires supervision from a pharmacist or doctor.

What Are the Next Steps?

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Consumers are urged to discontinue the use of the three weight loss products immediately and seek medical advice if they experience any discomfort or have concerns about their health.

HSA advises that there is no quick or easy solution for weight loss and emphasizes the importance of a balanced diet and proper exercise for weight management. If assistance is needed, individuals should consult their doctor or a dietitian.

The authority also cautions consumers to be cautious of products that promise miraculous recovery from chronic medical conditions or claim to be “100% all-natural” with no side effects. Such products may contain undisclosed ingredients that can be harmful to health.

HSA advises exercising caution when purchasing products from unknown or unfamiliar online sources, as the manufacturing and potential adulteration of these products cannot be guaranteed. It is recommended to buy from reputable pharmacies or retailers with a presence in Singapore.

Products that are adulterated are often produced under substandard conditions without proper quality control. Different batches of the same product may contain varying amounts of ingredients or different types of adulterants.

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Sellers Assisting With Investigations

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HSA has collaborated with local platform administrators to remove the affected listings, and investigations are underway with the cooperation of two sellers.

The agency has also alerted the relevant Malaysian authorities as these products were labelled as being manufactured in Malaysia and sold by Malaysian-based sellers or websites.

All sellers and suppliers are required to cease selling these products immediately. HSA emphasizes that strict enforcement actions will be taken against anyone found selling or supplying products that are adulterated with banned substances or potent ingredients.

Sellers and suppliers can face prosecution and, upon conviction, may be subject to imprisonment for up to two years, a fine of up to S$10,000, or both.

Featured image credit: HSA