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Regardless the type of dietary supplements—from vitamins, energy drinks, herbal medicines, homeopathic products, to some hormonal treatments—they usually come with big claims about boosting health and wellbeing. While those claims are questionable (and often unfounded), the products collectively do enhance one thing: the volume of calls to poison control centers.
Between 2005 and 2012, the rate of supplement-related calls to poison centers increased 49.3 percent, researchers reported Monday in the Journal of Medical Toxicology.
In the final year of data, the centers were getting calls at a rate of nearly 10 adverse exposures per 100,000 people.
There didn’t seem to be a big jump in use of dietary supplements during that time.
Self-reported use among adults has held steady, around 49 to 54 percent, the authors note.

But, these supplements are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration as are drugs—no FDA review or approval is required before supplements hit the market.
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