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Women of child-bearing age warned about risks of certain dietary supplement

Posted at 12:17 PM, Jun 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-06 15:17:46-04

If you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant, you may want to check your medicine cabinet.

The Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning about an ingredient found in supplements because it could harm your unborn child.

The FDA says pregnant women and those of child-bearing age should not take any dietary supplement containing vinpocetine.

The agency says it may cause harm to the fetus or a miscarriage.

It is marketed for energy, weight loss and brain and memory function and it can be sold on its own or is combined with other ingredients.

It is often listed as “lesser periwinkle extract”, “common periwinkle extract” or “vinca minor extract”.

Click here to read the full statement from the FDA.