Glutathione Side Effects, Safety and Effectiveness. Is Relumins Advanced Glutathione effective and is it safe to use?
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued warnings that the Relumins Advanced Glutathione is potentially unsafe and ineffective. In fact, back in 2014 the agency has seized these drugs because it has not “been proven safe or effective for their intended uses”.
More from the FDA media release:
None of these products have been proven safe or effective for their intended uses. In addition, unapproved injectable products are of concern because their quality, safety and efficacy have not been reviewed. Further, improper injection practices may result in serious injury, including the transmission of disease.
“Companies have a responsibility to ensure their products are safe for distribution,” said Melinda K. Plaisier, the FDA’s associate commissioner for regulatory affairs. “We have taken action to protect consumers and demonstrate our commitment to their safety by preventing these products from being distributed.”
On May 16, 2014, the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services detained the unapproved injectable drug products located at Flawless Beauty.
“To ensure new drugs are safe, effective, and made using quality manufacturing practices, they undergo a rigorous FDA review and approval process,” said Ilisa Bernstein, acting director, Office of Compliance in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research’s. “The FDA is committed to taking action to protect American consumers against companies that circumvent the drug approval process.”
It would seem that Flawless Beauty, the company which markets Relumins Advanced Glutathione agree with the FDA because in 2014, it voluntarily recalled its product and issued the following statement:
Flawless Beauty and Skin is voluntarily recalling eleven (11) lots of Roche Laroscrobine Platinum, Relumins Advanced Glutathione, QAF Pharmaceuticals Inc. Philippines Saluta Glutathione Rx, Tatiomax Reduced Glutathione + Hydrolyzed Collagen, TP Drug Laboratories Vitamin C, and Rx Sterile Water for Injection to the retail and consumer level. These products are currently unapproved drugs in the US.
These products claim to treat scurvy, degenerative brain and liver diseases, alcoholic liver disease, and serve as antidotes to various drugs. The label claims may result in patients not seeking proper medical treatment. Furthermore, the fact that these products may be administered intramuscularly or intravenously, heightens the risk associated with unknown quality, safety, or efficacy.
So there you go! The company that markets Relumins Advanced Glutathione admitted that it is “currently unapproved in the US” and that the company itself does not know whether it is safe or effective. Don’t you think they should find out those things first before they sell the product?
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Anyhoo, let’s give the last words to the FDA on the safety and effectiveness of skin whitening products like Relumins Advanced Glutathione:
Some consumers seeking to change their skin color are turning to injectable products marketed to whiten or lighten their complexion. These products are potentially unsafe and ineffective, and might contain unknown harmful ingredients or contaminants. FDA has not approved any injectable drugs for skin whitening or lightening.
“These products pose a potentially significant safety risk to consumers. You’re essentially injecting an unknown substance into your body—you don’t know what it contains or how it was made,” says In Kim, a pharmacist at FDA.
Be safe, people!
Glutathione side effects update. According to webmd.com, glutathione may lower your zinc levels and it may also trigger asthma attacks:
Side effects. Taking glutathione long-term has been linked to lower zinc levels. Inhaled glutathione may also trigger asthma attacks in people who have asthma. Symptoms may include wheezing.
Risks. Avoid taking glutathione if you’re sensitive to it. Experts don’t know if taking glutathione is safe during pregnancy and while breastfeeding.
Glutathione Side Effects, Safety and Effectiveness posted 13 May 2016. Updated 9 August 2016.