After receiving reports of seizures, loss of consciousness leading to hospitalizations, and one death, the FDA is warning consumers not to use Neptune’s Fix which contains tianeptine, sometimes called “gas station heroin.” Neptune Resources LLC of Kansas City, MO has issued a recall.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) risk warning for this product states: “There is a reasonable probability of life-threatening events including suicidal ideation or behavior for children, adolescents, and young adults 25 and younger. In addition, individuals could unintentionally overdose and experience serious and potentially life-threatening risks including confusion, seizures, drowsiness, dry mouth, and shortness of breath, which may be exacerbated by alcohol use. Further, the risks of adverse effects associated with use of tianeptine along with antidepressants, known as monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOls), are potentially serious and life-threatening.”
Neptune’s Fix is sold in liquid and tablet form at gas stations, convenience stores, and vape shops. It claims to “improve brain function and treat anxiety, depression, pain, opioid use disorder and other conditions,” the FDA warning states. However, tianeptine is not FDA-approved for any use. It’s also possible the product contains other dangerous ingredients that are not listed on the label.
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