Dietary supplements can cause adverse health effects. If a supplement has been known to cause a specific health issue, this may be reported to the FDA. To report an adverse event, follow the steps listed on the FDA’s website.
The FDA provides results on adverse events through Freedom of Information Act requests, and they provide steps to obtain these documents on their website. The adverse events that are reported are not actual proof that a particular supplement was responsible for the event, but it shows the association of an adverse outcome with the product. Reporting adverse events helps the FDA to monitor trends, and if adverse events continue to be reported for the same product, the FDA could take action and recommend the product be taken off the shelves.
You may also report adverse health effects caused by dietary supplements to the USADA Drug Reference Line.