In April the FDA warned consumers not to purchase or use products marketed with the names “Artri” or “Ortiga” for the treatment of arthritis, muscle pain, osteoporosis, bone cancer, and other conditions, due to potentially dangerous hidden active drug ingredients not listed on the product label.
Now Walmart, one of that nation’s leading drug retailers, has issued a voluntary nationwide recall for various Artri Ajo King Joint Supplements due to potentially hidden diclofenac.
Diclofenac is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). NSAIDs can cause increased risk of cardiovascular events, such as heart attack and stroke, as well as serious gastrointestinal damage, including bleeding, ulceration, and fatal perforation of the stomach and intestines.
This hidden drug ingredient may also interact with other medications and significantly increase the risk of adverse events, particularly when consumers use multiple NSAID- containing products.
Customers taking these products should immediately talk to their health care provider to safely discontinue use of the product because suddenly stopping diclofenac may be dangerous.
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