A recent FDA press release warned consumers not to use any products containing the botanical ingredient kratom. US Marshals in California seized over $150,000 worth of products from California-based Nature Therapeutics, LLC, which does business as Kratom Therapy. The drugs were both unapproved and misbranded under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.
The Department of Justice’s complaint states the Kratom Therapy products are misbranded, as the labeling fails to provide proper directions for use. Kratom, which is indigenous to Southeast Asia, is considered toxic and can lead to a variety of health impacts including respiratory depression, vomiting, nervousness, weight loss, and constipation.Kratom also has narcotic-like effects and withdrawal symptoms may include hostility, aggression, excessive tearing, aching of muscles and bones and jerky limb movements.