Diazepam Users Should Be Wary of Counterfeit Pills from Online Pharmacies

Diazepam Users Should Be Wary of Counterfeit Pills from Online Pharmacies
July 7, 2015

Users of Diazepam may want to start carefully inspecting their pills before use.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers who purchase anti-anxiety medication over the internet that their product may be counterfeit. Though there are, as of yet, no reported cases in the United States, the World Health Organization (WHO) released a report detailing 700 incidents in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Patients are mistakenly taking the antipsychotic drug Haloperidol, which has caused acute contractions of face, neck, and tongue muscles. This reaction, without treatment, lasts three to four days and can be reoccurring. The counterfeit tablets have been found to contain up to 20mg of Haloperidol, the maximum recommended dose in many markets, and is particularly dangerous to young people.

The FDA is advising consumers to check the authenticity of their pills. The counterfeit pills are pale yellow, scored across the center on one side, with the letters "AGOG" on the other. If your tablet fits this description, do not use it. You can file a report with the FDA by calling (800) 332-1088.

A 2012 FDA survey indicated that more than 0 percent of internet users purchase medication online, but many are unaware of the dangers posed by these services.

Beware of online pharmacies that:

  • Allow you to buy drugs without a prescription from your doctor
  • Offer deep discounts or cheap prices that seem too good to be true
  • Send spam or unsolicited email offering cheap drugs
  • Are located outside of the United States
  • Are not licensed in the United States

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