It isn’t known what, if anything, prompted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, to test Genetic Edge Compounds’ Laxoplex supplement but on Friday the company announced a recall covering all existing production numbers.
The reason, said the company in its press release announcing the recall, is the presence of anabolic steroids and what the company calls “steroid-like” ingredients. Neither the steroids nor the steroid-like components are noted on the supplement’s packaging.
This recall covers all lot codes put onto store shelves between February 2, 2015 and May 2, 2017. Laxoplex is packaged in white plastic bottles holding 60 capsules each.
The primary concern with supplements made with anabolic steroids is the potential for serious acute liver injury. However, other problems, including infertility issues, as well as breast growth in men, “masculinization” of women and growth problems in children have also been documented in anabolic steroid users.
Neither Genetic Edge Compounds nor the FDA has received any reports of any adverse effects that are believed to be related to Laxoplex.
Genetic Edge Compounds says that it is in the process of notifying its retailers of the recall. Any consumer with any of this still on hand is encouraged to return it to the place of purchase.
If you would like more information about this recall you can contact the company at (972) 742-6311 during regular business hours. And, of course, if you’ve taken Laxoplex and think you’ve suffered an adverse health event you’re encouraged to speak to your physician and file a report with the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program.
According to the company’s Laxoplex product handout, Laxoplex is sold as a supplement to increase lean muscle, improve strength and balance cortisol. Its herbal ingredients include extracts of rosemary and stinging nettle.