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The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has cautioned the public against the use of injectable glutathione.

The product, according to the FDA is being promoted on social media for skin lightening and bleaching, correction of uneven skin tone and reduction of blemishes.

The state regulatory body notes that the product has not been approved for such use.

“Consumers are to take note that no injectable glutathione or any other injectable skin lightening agent has been approved by the FDA for such use. So far there is no clinical evidence on the safety and effectiveness of these products and no published guidelines for correct dosing and duration of treatment” a statement by the FDA said.

It cautions that the use of these injectable medicinal products could cause toxic health effects on the liver, kidney, nervous system and skin cancer and lead to transmission of diseases such as HIV, Hepatitis C and Hepatitis B.

“Injectable glutathione poses significant safety risk to users as its side effects include toxic effects on the liver, kidneys and nervous system, and a serious skin reaction known as Stevens-Johnson Syndrome. Glutathione which also affects the production of the pigment that gives the human skin its colour (melanin), may pose a risk of skin cancer with long term use”.

“Additionally, unapproved products which would not have been properly evaluated by the FDA, may be improperly manufactured, and may contain unknown harmful ingredients or contaminants. Apart from the dangers of the product itself, administering it under unsterile conditions or by people who are not certified to administer injectable preparations is unsafe and may lead to transmission of diseases such as HIV, Hepatitis C and Hepatitis B,” the statement further said.

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