What are high-risk supplements?

OPSS Answer

High-risk dietary supplements are those that may present serious health risks. Many have been found to contain undeclared drug ingredients, steroids, steroid-like ingredients, and/or stimulants, which can have negative and dangerous side effects. Products most commonly “tainted” in this way are those marketed for bodybuilding, performance enhancement, weight loss, sexual enhancement, and diabetes. Such products may also result in a positive drug test. For more information, read the FDA News Release “Tainted products marketed as dietary supplements potentially dangerous.” For more information about urinalysis and drug testing, read HPRC’s “Dietary supplements and drug testing.”

In addition, you can visit the OPSS High-Risk Supplement List for information about certain dietary supplements that may pose a health or sport anti-doping risk.

Updated 5 March 2015

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