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Toxic Omeprazole – Fake and/or toxic drugs mystery solved…

Posted May 28 2010 12:00am

I’ve spent the last few hours checking out the non-drug ingredients of the blue and orange Omeprazole capsules that have caused me so much grief, and I would have to ask why any of the following products, found in the suspect Omeprazole capsules, are there at all.

If SLS can damage the oral mucosa (see below), just how much damage can it do to the intestinal mucosa? As the problems with diarrhoea (and massive, air-ship-inflating, flatulence), set in roughly a week after the first capsule (though farting for Britain comes sooner), SLS is right at the top of my suspect list, as in smaller quantities (than, say, in toothpaste), it would take longer to wreak havoc.

I don’t see that Potassium oleate and Oleic acid have any function relevant to Omeprazole delivery or function either.

I’ve checked out all the ingredients of the blue and orange, and the rest are harmless. Fortunately I still have the information leaflet for the last batch of Omeprazole prior to the blue and orange ones, and these three ingredients are absent.

Case closed, I think. Now all I have to do is convince the brush-off merchants at the DMRC.

The original batch of toxic Omeprazole was from Relonchem Ltd, of London. The current batch is from Laboratorios Davur, of Madrid, distributed by Arrow Genetics, of Stevenage, Herts.

Be warned.

Sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) – an anionic surfactant used in many cleaning and hygiene products. Widely considered to be dangerously irritant in too many online sources to list. However, I offer you this extract from Greenpeople.co.uk as an example.

Effects of SLS in the Mouth

  • SLS can damage the delicate mucosal membranes in the mouth, causing the separation of epithelial layers from the mucosa (4).
  • Burning and severe itching of the oral mucosa following the application of SLS containing toothpaste has been reported (4).
  • The tissue damage caused by SLS increases with increasing concentration of SLS (4).
  • Switching from a toothpaste containing SLS to one without, can lead to a statistically significant decrease in the occurrence of mouth ulcers in those with recurrent aphthous ulcers (5, 6).

Potassium oleate – A surfactant, and known skin, eye and respiratory irritant. ( http://msds.chem.ox.ac.uk/PO/potassium_oleate.html ) According to cosmeticsdatabase.com , this stuff is found in the following product types: liquid hand soap; body wash/cleanser; hair perm; exfoliant/scrub; facial cleanser; styling gel/lotion; baby shampoo; shaving cream; baby soap

Oleic acid – A fatty acid found in most animal fats and vegetable oils; used in pharmacy as an emulsifier and to assist absorption of some drugs by the skin. ( http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/Oleic+acid )

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