If You Use This Medication, You Need to Talk to Your Doctor Now

Patients nationwide have been warned to seek medical advice if they're taking these common pills.

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We all know the medicine we take can often cause side effects, but sometimes the pills used to make us feel better can actually be plain dangerous due to contamination, as is the case with a common diabetes medicine that was just recalled. Nostrum Laboratories, Inc. has announced that it is voluntarily recalling four lots of a diabetes medication that it produces. In a statement, the company warned that the tablets have been found to contain dangerously high levels of nitrosamine, also known as NDMA, which is classified as a "probable human carcinogen" (a substance that may cause cancer). Read on to find out more, and for another recent recall that should be on your radar, know that If You Use This Mouthwash, Get Rid of It Right Now.

NDMA is a relatively common environmental contaminant found in everything from water to food, but the amount in some Nostrum Laboratories' metformin hydrochloride extended-release tablets is above the recommended average intake limit of 96 ng per day, per the latest guidance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The tablets in question, metformin hydrochloride extended-release tablets in both 500 mg and 750 mg, are prescribed along with dietary and exercise programs in order to improve blood glucose control in adults who have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. The product has been distributed nationwide to wholesalers and can be identified as an off-white oblong tablet with the letters "NM5" or "NM7" embossed into it. (A full list of the lot numbers and expiration dates can be found on the FDA's site for both the 500 mg tablets and the 750 mg tablets.)

Nostrum Laboratories has not received any reports of adverse reactions to patients taking the tablets, but this marks the second time in recent weeks that NDMA has caused an issue with diabetes medications. There was also a similar product recall earlier this summer. In total, nine pharmaceutical companies have now issued recalls for similar reasons surrounding diabetes medication.

All distributors who handle metformin hydrochloride extended-release tablets are being notified in writing by Nostrum Laboratories, who are arranging for the return of all products. Pharmacies that are stocking the diabetes medication should return the drugs to the point of purchase.

For individual consumers, the FDA's advice is to consult your doctor and arrange a replacement medication before stopping taking the tablets. "It could be dangerous for patients with type 2 diabetes to stop taking their metformin without first talking to their healthcare professional," the FDA warns.

If patients have specific medical questions regarding this recall, they can also contact Nostrum Laboratories via email (quality@nostrumpharma.com) or via phone at 816-308-4941 on Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST. Read on for more products in your home that could be dangerous, and for an urgent hazard in your kitchen, know that If You Have This Milk in Your Fridge, You Should Get Rid of It Now.

Read the original article on Best Life.

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Mueller Austria's onion chopper

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The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently reported that Mueller Austria took its Onion Chopper Pro off shelves due to a malfunction that's caused serious laceration injuries. According to the CPSC, the issue is that the onion chopper's locking tab can detach from the rest of the product during use, which can cause your hands and fingers to slide into the blades. So far, Mueller Austria has received reports of 137 laceration injuries among 266 incident reports regarding the tab breaking. And for other dangerous products that could be in your home, check out If You Have These Popular Pieces of Furniture at Home, Get Rid of Them.

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Rocky Mountain Oils essential oils

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In late October, the CPSC announced that Rocky Mountain Oils recalled five of its essential oils: the Wintergreen essential oil, and Pain Ease, Relieve Me, Sports Pro, and True Blue essential oil blends. The products were recalled due to the presence of methyl salicylate, a potentially harmful ingredient that can be poisonous if ingested. Plus, the bottles that contained the essential oils were also found to not be childproof. Approximately 33,000 bottles of the oils were sold through the Rocky Mountain Oils website and Amazon between May 2014 and Oct. 2020.

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Cottonelle flushable wipes

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Kimberly-Clark announced a recall on Cottonelle Flushable Wipes and Cottonelle GentlePlus Flushable Wipes recently due to potential contamination from the bacteria Pluralibacter gergovaie. "Individuals who have a weakened immune system, suffer from serious pre-existing conditions, have been treated surgically, or belong to another sensitive group of persons are at particular risk of infection," the company said in a statement, noting the products in question were manufactured between Feb. 7 and Sept. 14, 2020. And for more updates to help you stay safe every day, sign up for our daily newsletter.

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Homerygardens' extension outdoor cord splitter

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The CPSC also recently announced that Homerygardens extension outdoor cord splitters were recalled due to a potential fire risk. It was discovered that Homerygardens' six-foot four-outlet splitter with an on/off switch does not have the appropriate wire size to handle the amp load it's supposed to accommodate. It also lacks "protective features," leading to the potential for a fire. There haven't yet been any reported injuries or fires associated with the use of the Homerygardens product—5,700 of which were sold through Amazon and Walmart between Mar. 2019 and Aug. 2020—but if you have this product, stop using it and contact the company for a refund.

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Sunshine Mills Dog Food

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In October, dog owners were stunned to learn that 25 types of Sunshine Mills, Inc. dog food had been recalled due to contamination from aflatoxin, a mold byproduct that can be harmful to animals if consumed in large quantities. And if you're a pet parent, you should also know that Petco Just Took This Controversial Product Off Its Shelves.

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