DOH Warns About Health Risks in Vitamin C Drip After Mariel Padilla’s Session

After Mariel Padilla’s Session, DOH Warns About Health Risks in Vitamin C Drip

DOH – The Department of Health has issued a warning about potential health risks associated with Vitamin C drip sessions following Mariel Rodriguez-Padilla’s procedure.

Mariel stirred discussions online after having a “gluta-drip” session at the office of her husband, Senator Robin Padilla, in the Senate. However, she clarified that it was a vitamin C drip session, not glutathione.

The DOH explained that “Intravenous Vitamin C” is sometimes combined with injectable glutathione to purportedly enhance its skin-whitening effects. However, the agency does not endorse the use of glutathione for skin lightening, citing the lack of clinical trials and guidelines on its usage.

“The DOH does not support the use of glutathione for skin whitening,” said DOH. “Through Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Circular No. 2019-182 [1], DOH categorically states that there are no published clinical trials that have evaluated the use of injectable glutathione for skin lightening. There are also no published guidelines for appropriate dosing regimens and duration of treatment.”

Regarding Vitamin C injection, the DOH cautioned about the possibility of kidney stone formation if urine is acidic, particularly in high doses. They also highlighted potential risks for patients with glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency.

“Injectable glutathione is sometimes paired with intravenous Vitamin C. Vitamin C injection may form kidney stones if the urine is acidic. Large doses of Vitamin C have resulted in hemodialysis in patients with glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency,” the agency noted.

The DOH advised the public to promptly consult a doctor and report any adverse effects from medication use, including injectable glutathione, to the FDA. They provided contact information for reporting such incidents and recommended seeking legal advice if patients suspect medical negligence.

“For the next steps to take should you think that injectable glutathione was wrongly prescribed for you by a physician, please consult a practicing lawyer or the Public Attorney’s Office for legal advice on matters such as medical negligence and what may be done in the interest of justice,” the health department said.

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