Washington, DC—With recent media coverage highlighting the growing concern over fake supplements that contain tianeptine, as well as documented cases of adverse effects and increased calls to poison control centers related to tianeptine exposure, the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) has issued a warning to consumers: Do not purchase or use products containing tianeptine. The association cautioned: "These products are often illegally marketed as dietary supplements and can pose significant health risks."
Outlining the issue with tianeptine, CRN reported:
- Tianeptine is not recognized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for any use in dietary supplements. Products sold in the U.S. that contain it violate federal regulations.
- FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have previously issued warnings about the severe health risks associated with tianeptine, including its potential for abuse and adverse neurological, cardiovascular, and gastrointestinal reactions.
Where are products that contain tianeptine sold?
Some gas stations, convenience stores, and online marketplaces may sell products are often misleadingly labeled as dietary supplements, health products, or using other benign-sounding descriptions, CRN said. Consumers should be vigilant and avoid any products that list tianeptine as an ingredient or make unverified health claims.
Dietary supplements should be purchased from reputable sources, CRN stressed, such as the reputable companies the association represents. Additionally, consumers should consult healthcare professionals before starting any new supplement regimen, or to purchase .
CRN also urged consumers to report any adverse events or health issues related to the use of tianeptine-containing products to the FDA's MedWatch program. And for more information on safe supplement use, consumers can use CRN's resource: Consumer tips for selecting supplements | Council for Responsible Nutrition (crnusa.org).