Singaporeans love to cross the border over to Malaysia to buy products because of the currency exchange. Everyday household items and beauty products can be a fraction of the cost.
Similarly, medication can be much cheaper if bought in Malaysia.
But in a couple of really scary cases recently, the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) in Singapore felt the need to warn the public not to purchase two Malaysian products in particular: Ausbee Australia Ausbee Herbal Powder Capsules and Shen Loon She Edoly Capsule.
These “medical” products are believed to provide pain relief. However, they are considered illegal in Singapore and contain undeclared prohibited Western medicinal ingredients, reported The Straits Times.
In one case, a 70-year-old woman was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in Singapore after having used Ausbee Australia Ausbee Herbal Powder Capsules for two years straight to relieve her back pain and for general health.
She initially underwent surgery for a fracture but was admitted in March when she started having post-surgery issues.
HSA said that her life-threatening side effects were caused by the long usage of dexamethasone, a potent steroid present in the herbal powder capsule.
In addition to the steroid, the product is also mixed with antibiotics, a painkiller, and an anti-allergy drug which can cause serious adverse reactions and drug interactions, HSA added.
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Similarly, a Singaporean man in his 60s had been using Shen Loon She Edoly Capsule to relieve his joint pains for almost a decade.
Long-term use of the product led to him developing Cushing’s Syndrome. The condition caused by long-term consumption of steroids.
Some of his symptoms include skin thinning, large purplish skin bruises, high blood pressure, and blood glucose level. He is currently undergoing treatment for this.
HSA has issued the warning to the public to immediately stop consumption of the two products. But the products have already been consumed, they are advised to see a doctor as soon as possible.
Long term use of the products can cause dependency on it. Stopping the usage of the steroids without proper medical supervision can cause “serious withdrawal symptoms” like fatigue, confusion, and low blood pressure, especially if the products have been consumed for more than a few weeks, HSA stated.
“Be cautious when purchasing health products from unfamiliar sources or overseas, even if they are recommended by friends or relatives. No one can be certain what these products contain, and where and how they were made,” HSA said.
The Health Authority also warned sellers and suppliers to stop selling these two products immediately.
“Anyone who supplies illegal health products is liable to prosecution and if convicted, may be imprisoned for up to three years and/or fined up to SGD100,000 (RM296,360),” said HSA.
Do not buy illegal Malaysian health products if you are unsure of the ingredients it contains. If you have any information about this, please forward it to the HSA.
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