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Miracle Cures!

Lose weight from your sofa! Regrow your hair! Build muscle fast! A host of websites offer miracle cures for a range of health conditions, but medicines and treatments that are not prescribed by a qualified health professional could be a waste of money or cause you serious harm.

The Office of Fair Trading says that every year hundreds of thousands of consumers buy scam miracle cures for conditions such as weight loss, baldness and impotence.

These products are usually a waste of money and they can also be dangerous.

That’s why you should never start a new medicine, or stop a medicine that has been prescribed for you, without speaking to a qualified health professional, such as your GP or a pharmacist.

 

The risks of buying medicines online

 

Some websites offer new medicines and treatments, alongside eyecatching claims about how well they work. But they may not have been tested properly, and this means they may not work at all. Worse, they may be dangerous.

Other websites appear to sell established prescription medicines, which you may recognise or which a doctor may have prescribed for you in the past. However, these medicines may not be real. They may be fake medicines that do not contain the same ingredients. Not only will fake medicine not work like the real medicine, they may also harm you.

If you take prescription-only medicines – which only a doctor or health professional should prescribe for you – without first consulting a doctor, you risk taking medicines that are not safe or not right for you. If you have a health condition and you stop taking a medicine prescribed for you in order to take a new medicine you bought online, your health condition may get worse.

 

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is responsible for medicines regulation. It warns that medicines bought from websites cannot be guaranteed to meet set standards of safety and effectiveness.

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