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Consumer Alert: Aromatase inhibitors in dietary supplements

Aromatase inhibitors are a class of drugs used to treat breast cancer and ovarian cancer in postmenopausal women.

Now, the FDA is recalling the following supplements that illegally contain these drugs.

  • Arom-X (see photo)
  • Arom-X UTT
  • Arom-XL, 4-AD
  • Decavol
  • ArimaDex
  • Clomed
  • Off Cycle II Hardcore
  • iForce – Reversitol

Side effects associated with the use of aromatase inhibitors include the following.

  • Decreased rate of bone maturation and growth
  • Decreased sperm production
  • Infertility
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Adrenal insufficiency
  • Kidney failure
  • Liver dysfunction

Consumers with liver, kidney, adrenal, or prostate abnormalities are at higher risk for developing side effects.

The bottom line?

If you have any of these products in your possession stop using it immediately.

If you experience any side effects due to its consumption contact a physician.

Healthcare professionals and patients are encouraged to report adverse events or side effects related to the use of these products to the FDA’s MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program:

9/20/10 12:33 JR

Hi, I’m JR

John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.