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L-Citrulline Recalled Because It Contains Another Drug — Physician’s First Watch

Medical News |
February 18, 2014

L-Citrulline Recalled Because It Contains Another Drug

By Kristin J. Kelley

The compounding firm Medisca has voluntarily recalled eight lots of the supplement L-citrulline — an amino acid used to treat rare genetic disorders mainly diagnosed in children — because tests indicated they didn't contain any L-citrulline. Instead, they found N-acetyl-leucine, which is used to treat acute citrulline vertigo.

Insufficient levels of L-citrulline may cause high levels of ammonia in the bloodstream, which can lead to brain damage. The FDA has received reports of several adverse events.

For a complete list of affected lots, see the manufacturer's recall notice below.

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