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What Are The Side Effects Of Relaxium?

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) defines an adverse effect as “an unexpected medical problem that happens during treatment with a drug or other therapy.” Unwanted effects can result from a physician’s advice and from medications or treatments, including complementary and alternative therapies. They can lead to complications.

Reports from clinical trials describe adverse events (AEs) and serious adverse events (SAEs). SAEs include death, birth defects, complications that require hospitalization, or permanent damage as a result side effects remain one of the major things a patient looks out for in a medication.

What is Relaxium?

Relaxium is a sleep supplement that was developed with a blend of natural ingredients for promoting falling asleep and staying asleep. Relaxium Sleep contains two key proprietary ingredients—Sensoril and Valerest. In a double-blind, placebo-controlled human clinical trial, participants who used these ingredients reported a 71% improvement in their ability to sleep, 70% mood improvement and reduction of stress, a 53% boost in daytime energy, and an overall improvement in quality of life.

According to its promoters, Relaxium Sleep combines clinically researched and proven ingredients that help to reduce sleeplessness, stress, and anxiety, boost daytime energy, and enhance focus and concentration.

However, the Electronic Retailing Self-Regulation routine monitoring program, which looked into the case of whether television and online advertising claims for the Relaxium Sleep dietary supplement were truthful and properly substantiated recommended that the marketer discontinue its “clinically studied” claim as well as other major claims because of questions about whether the study actually found that the product worked as advertised and whether the product performed better than the placebo.

What Are The Side Effects Of Relaxium?

The promoters claim Relaxium natural blend of ingredients avoids negative side effects and dependency. However, according to Safe Medication, “natural” doesn’t necessarily mean “safe.” Because herbal supplements and vitamins are not regulated by the Food & Drug Administration, there is no guarantee about their safety or effectiveness.

These products can act just like prescription medicines, however, in that, they can cause side effects, interfere with your other medications, or even worsen your health. In fact, some herbal products have been known to cause serious illnesses, allergies, high blood pressure, or even organ damage. Therefore, it is vital that you tell both your doctor and your pharmacist if you are taking any of these products.

According to The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health “natural” supplements like Relaxium Sleep can sometimes trigger severe side effects. If you are allergic to any of the ingredients in Relaxium Sleep dietary supplement you may experience symptoms of an allergic reaction which can include:

  • sneezing and an itchy, runny or blocked nose (allergic rhinitis)
  • itchy, red, watering eyes (conjunctivitis)
  • wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath, and a cough
  • a raised, itchy, red rash (hives)
  • swollen lips, tongue, eyes, or face
  • tummy pain, feeling sick, vomiting or diarrhea
  • dry, red, and cracked skin

Based on Relaxium Sleep ingredients that include Valerest™, Sensoril™, L-Tryptophan, and Melatonin side effects can include:

•          Blurred vision

•          Dizziness

•          Drowsiness and fatigue

•          Head twitching

•          Hives

•          Nausea

•          Loss of muscle coordination and muscle stiffness

•          Strong, pounding heartbeat (palpitations)

•          Sweating

•          Tremor

Relaxium Sleep dietary supplement contains L-tryptophan. According to WebMD, this ingredient can interfere with many different medicines. Do not take Relaxium Sleep dietary supplement if you are on antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), MAO inhibitors, tricyclic antidepressants, and atypical antidepressants. Doing so may lead to a life-threatening condition called serotonin syndrome. Symptoms of serotonin syndrome are:

•          Extreme anxiety

•          Easily startled

•          Rapid heartbeats

•          Delirium

•          Severe muscle spasms

•          Increased body temperature

L-tryptophan supplements should be used with caution in pregnant women.

Talk to your doctors before taking this supplement if you have scarring of the liver (cirrhosis)

Always tell your doctor about any supplements you are taking, including natural ones and those bought without a prescription. That way, your doctor can check on any potential side effects or interactions with any medications.

Supplements are not regulated by the FDA the same way that foods and drugs are. Manufacturers are responsible for the safety and labeling of their own products.


Dr. Oche Otorkpa PG Cert, MPH, PhD

Dr. Oche is a seasoned Public Health specialist who holds a post graduate certificate in Pharmacology and Therapeutics, an MPH, and a PhD both from Texila American University. He is a member of the International Society of Substance Use Professionals and a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health in the UK. He authored two books: "The Unseen Terrorist," published by AuthorHouse UK, and "The Night Before I Killed Addiction."
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