* FAQs on Herbs and Food Products:
 
  
 

What is collajoy and is it true that it treats knee joints problems?

Collajoy is registered by Saudi Food and Drug Authority as a Food product with no claimed medical indication. And it is a drink with berry flavor, added to it collagen, vitamin C and zinc

 

Are Moringa tablets safe and effective? In addition, are there any moringa preparations registered at SFDA?

Moringa tablets are not registered at drug sector at SFDA; hence, it is unknown whether the product is safe and effective for the claimed indications. However, some moringa preparations are registered as food products with no claimed medical indication.

In addition, SFDA had issued warning regarding some moringa preparations that are unregistered by SFDA, you can check the fall warning through the link below:

  
 
  
* FAQs on weight loss products:
 
 

 Is there any registered products for weight loss?

 

Orlistat is the only medicinal product that registered by SFDA for Wight loss and it is marketed under different trade names with strength of 60 and 120 mg as tablets

This product is a prescription only medicine; therefore, we recommend to consult a specialized doctor and to follow diet.

 
 

Are there any side effects of acai berry?

 

Acai berry is not registered at Saudi Food and Drug Authority, But after detailed search, we found the following:

Acai berry is classified as a fruit of acai palm, which grows in South America, and it is considered as food supplement

There are many products that are marketed worldwide and contains acai berry juice and they are safe if used as labeled

 

Is there any warning regarding Easy Slim product?

 

SFDA had issued warning regarding “Easy Slim” slimming tablets.  SFDA revealed, in a statement, that its laboratory analysis proved the addition of Sibutramine to this product, which is a restricted drug due to its risks to the health causing serious side effects such as arteries and heart diseases

You can check the whole warning on the link below:

 
 

Is (Lipo 6 Black ultra concentrate) registered at SFDA, and is there any risks of using it?

 

Product (Lipo 6 Black ultra-concentrate) is not registered by SFDA. Therefore, the actual content of the product is unknown. Hence, it is unknown whether the product is safe and effective for the claimed indications

 

* FAQs on cosmetic and skin whitening products:

 

Are whitening injections safe and effective?

Whitening injections are not registered at SFDA. Therefore, the actual content of the product is unknown. Hence, it is unknown whether the product is safe and effective for the claimed indications

  

My question is regarding whitening injections called glutathione, are they safe?

Glutathione is an anti-oxidant product.  In addition, there is no evidence to prove that the product is safe and effective for skin whitening.

 

Moreover, we do not recommend to purchase or consume unregistered products since they are not subjected to efficacy, safety or quality tests

 
 

Is Ivory Cap safe?

Product (ivory cap) is not registered by SFDA. Therefore, the actual content of the product is unknown. Hence, it is unknown whether the product is safe and effective for the claimed indications

 

What are the risks of using hydroquinones?

 

Hydroquinone is a product  registered by SFDA as a topical cream on skin. The most common side effects are skin irritation, burning, erythema and pigmentary changes

 
 

What are the risks and benefits of hair and skin and Nails, nature's bounty?

 

Product (hair and skin and Nails, nature's bounty) is a food supplement and it is not registered by SFDA. Therefore, the actual content of the product is unknown. Hence, it is unknown whether the product is safe and effective for the claimed indications.

 
 

* FAQs on warnings on some registered medications:

 
 
 

We hear a lot of warnings about motiliutm, please clarify those warnings?

Motilium that contains the active ingredient (Domperidone) is registered by SFDA for treating nausea and vomiting.  SFDA launched an alert to healthcare practitioners and patients, clarifying that they studied the relation between using Domperidone product and causes of serious side effects e.g. sudden cardiac death and ventricular fibrillation.

 

Based on these results, SFDA has limited the use of Domperidone to the treatment of nausea and vomiting only, for short periods and in low dosages and short periods, provided that the dosage for adolescents and adults weighing over 35 kg. shall not exceed 10mg./3 times daily orally, or 30 mg./2 times daily through the an,us for a period of one weekSFDA emphasized prohibition of using Domperidone for patients with history of heart failure or stokes or heartbeats irregularity

 
 

Is there any warning regarding Ibuprofen?

Ibuprofen is a products  registered by SFDA under different trade names, and they are all safe and effective. However SFDA issued warning regarding some batches of the preparation (Omafen) 400 mg tablets. You can check the whole warning on the following link:

 
 
 
 

Does mentex cause addiction and hallucinations?

Mentex is a product registered by SFDA to treat dry cough and congestion. It should not be dispensed without medical prescription.

 

It contains the following ingredients:

 

Diphenhydramine, Dextromethorphan, Pseudoephedrine, Ammonium Chloride, Sodium Cetrate and L-Menthol.

 

It is considered as safe and effective if used as directed.t is considered as safe and effective if used as directed.

 

According to the addiction part it turned that there are no addiction nor misuse reports

 

SFDA  studied the relation between misusing Mentex product and causes of addiction, and results didn’t show any toxicity range

 

There are no recorded cases due to misuse of prescribed nor non prescribed mentex

 
 

What is the source of gelatin in centrum multivitamins?

The gelatine source of Centrum products that are registered at the Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) is bovine. Therefore, it is HALAL to consume. SFDA requires manufacturers to declare pork / porcine content of products prior to the approval and marketing authorization.

 
 

What is risperidone and what are its side effects?

Risperdal is a registered product by SFDA to treat certain psychological diseases it works on dopamine, histamine and serotonin receptors.

It is like any other medicinal products, can cause some side effects. We recommend consulting your treating physician to prescribe the best for you.

 
 
 

* General FAQs:

 

Kimipect is for cough manufactured at Syria, is it marketed at SA, and is there any warning on it?

Kimipect is not registered at Saudi Food and Drug Authority nor marketed. And after detailed search we found that this product contains the following ingredients:

- Diphenhydramine: anti congestion and anti-cough

- Dextromethorphan: anti cough substance

- Tolu Balsam: a substance that can be extracted from a plant called Myroxylon balsamum and it helps relieving cough

 

As we may notify you that there are a lot of registered anti cough products with the same ingredients except for the Tolu Balsam that has no evidence for its effectiveness yet.

 
 

What is the Islamic rule for medicines and cosmetics containing alcohol?

It is permitted to consume medicinal products that contain ethanol of no more than 1%. However, medicines that contain more than 1% of alcohol are prohibited and alternatives must be considered Regarding cosmetics, it is permitted to use them since their absorption rate is very low; moreover, there is no limit for ethanol in cosmetic products as per GCC guidance No. 1943/2008. However, it’s preferred to use alcohol free products 

 
 

What does expiry date mean? And for how long we can use the medicine before it expired?

 

Expiry date indicates the period of time where medicinal product retains its stability under certain conditions. Companies must submit stability tests during this period of time to ensure the efficacy, safety and quality of their products. Therefore, medicinal product should not be consumed after the last day of the expiry month stated on the product.

 

Is there any risk of using Paracetamol (Panadol) with soft drinks?

 

There is no evidence nor warning regarding taking Panadol (paracetamol) with sodas or soft drinks. However, we recommend taking medicines as directed by treating physician or labeled