FDA Warns Consumers To Be Wary Of Claims That Supplements Treat Concussions.
by Dr. Steven J. Lipsky MD, FACEP
The Food and Drug Administration has put out a new warning for supplements that are claiming to treat concussions. In an article published by LiveScience (8/26, Gholipour, 612K) it is noted there is no scientific evidence to back the claims that any supplements are safe or effective in treating concussions. A concussion is an injury to the brain. Patients who return to normal activity too soon, may be susceptible to multiple concussions, increasing their odds for severe lasting effects. The only tried and true method for healing a concussion is time and rest until a patient is fully recovered. Simply stated by Charlotte Christin, acting director of FDA’s Division of Dietary Supplement Program, “there is simply no scientific evidence to support the use of any dietary supplement for the prevention of concussions or the reduction of post-concussion symptoms that would allow athletes to return to play sooner.”