Recalled Iron Supplement Could Cause Serious Side Effects

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WASHINGTON, DC — Bottles of Rugby Natural Iron Supplement could contain a completely different substance and cause serious side effects, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said this week.

The supplement has been recalled by its maker, Advance Pharmaceutical Inc. The recall applies to one lot of supplements:  12G468.

Instead of containing ferrous sulfate as described on the label, the bottles could contain meclizine, a drug used to treat nausea, vomiting, and dizziness. It is commonly used to prevent motion sickness.

(See the difference between ferrous sulfate tablets and meclizine tablets.)

Taking meclizine “may cause serious side effects to those who consume alcohol or other sedatives, those with a pre-existing CNS disorder, those with imprinted kidney or liver function, the elderly, nursing infants of lactating mothers who received the drug and newborns of mothers who received the drug immediately before childbirth,” said the recall notice.

Advance can be contacted at 631-981-4600, Ext.300, on Monday through Friday between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm ET.

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