are advised not to use a diet supplement believed to contain a strong thyroid
hormone that could lead to heart attack or stroke. The U.S.
Food and Drug Administration warned consumers Thursday not to use Triax
Metabolic Accelator, made by Syntax Innovations Inc. of Cape Girardeau, Mo. The
FDA says the product is not a diet aid, but rather an unapproved new drug that
contains a potent thyroid hormone. The
product is sold in stores and over the Internet. The FDA says doctors have
reported several cases of people who had abnormal thyroid function tests after
using the drug. The product contains an
active ingredient called triiodothyroacetic acid (TRIAC). The FDA urges anyone
who has a product with TRIAC to stop using it and consult a physician. Adverse
affects may include insomnia, nervousness, sweating and diarrhea.