As an ingredient widely used in the dietary supplement industry, Dimethylamylamine (DMAA) has demonstrated a unique ability to increase an individual’s focus and energy. Subsequently, these side effects are intended to translate into an efficient workout routine. However, the enhanced energy and focus provided by DMAA has seen the dietary supplement become a mechanism that provides people the stamina to party for extended periods of time. Unfortunately, the use of DMAA has recently become synonymous with dangerous side effects. Individuals who use these so called party pills may increase their risk of suffering from seizures, heart injury, kidney and liver failure, and death.
If you or a loved one has been injured by DMAA party pills, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free confidential case evaluation. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and we can help.
DMAA Party Pills Lawsuit Overview
Dimethylamylamine, otherwise known as the active ingredient in party pills, is a powerful stimulant that is allegedly a derivative of geranium oil. However, many experts believe DMAA is synthetically based. Often times this ambiguous ingredient is combined with a caffeine component in order to create a party pill. Subsequently, the caffeine provides a boost in energy in which DMAA prolongs.
Party pills are designed to affect the body’s central nervous system (CNS), providing a euphoric rush similar to that of a spike in adrenaline. Dimethylamylamine was originally created as a nasal decongestant by Eli Lilly in 1944. However it is currently the active ingredient in several dietary supplements and bodybuilding products. The latest version of DMAA has witnessed the drug provide those who take it with euphoric bouts of energy.
To date, the specific chemical composition of DMAA is unknown and cannot be verified, seeing as there have been no adequate clinical trials conducted on the substance. However, regardless of its origins, studies suggest that it may coincide with catastrophic complications. Ingestion of party pills may result in severe, life-threatening side effects. According to recent investigations and toxicology reports, DMAA use may cause seizures, heart injury, kidney and liver failure, and death. Due to the severe nature of these complications, patients may contact a DMAA party pill lawyer at The Senators (Ret.) Firm, LLP for a free case evaluation regarding their potential DMAA party pill lawsuit.
DMAA Party Pill Side Effects
The following side effects have been associated with the use of DMAA party pills:
- Skin reactions
- Profuse perspiration
- Itchy scalp and skin
Complications with DMAA Party Pills
Concern regarding the use of DMAA dietary supplements originated when traces of the substance were revealed in the toxicology reports of two deceased U.S. Army soldiers. Each soldier experienced cardiac arrest while engaging in strenuous physical activity with their corresponding units. The younger of the two experienced fatal variations of high temperatures and excessive muscle breakdown. While the 32-year-old victim was able to be resuscitated, severe multiple organ failure resulted in his death one month later.
According to a report issued by the Surgeon General, healthcare providers in all branches of the military have highlighted concerns about rapid heart beat, seizure, loss of consciousness, muscle injury during exertion, and kidney and liver damage. The following is a comprehensive list of all the complications associated with DMAA party pills:
- Irregular heartbeat
- Heart attack
- Liver damage or liver failure
- Kidney damage or kidney failure
- Psychiatric side effects
- Elevated blood pressure
- Sudden cardiac death
Party Pill Injury
A Case Report in The New Zealand Medical Journal acknowledged a near fatal cerebral hemorrhage in a 21-year-old male after taking DMAA party pills. According to the report, the young man was out with his friends when he ingested two tablets containing DMAA. After just 30 minutes, the man developed a severe headache and requested that he be taken home.
Upon waking up the next morning, the young man acknowledged that he was drowsy with significantly slurred speech. After failing to improve, he was taken to the local hospital emergency room where several tests were preformed. Doctors determined that his heart rate was higher than average at 65 bpm. Subsequently his blood pressure was a dangerous 126/66 mmHg.
A CT scan revealed large hemorrhage (66 mm × 21 mm × 31 mm) in the region of the left basal ganglia with mass effect causing 5 mm of midline shift. The patient was transfered to a brain injury rehabilitation center after he began to show signs of recovery. He was finally discharged after 15 days of treatment at the subsequent center.
A detailed multidisciplinary assessment identified severe impairment to memory and abstract reasoning. Mild impairments of speech and right hand coordination were also noted. Identical pills obtained from the retailer were analyzed and confirmed the contents as powdered 1,3 dimethylamylamine 278 mg per capsule.
Do I Have a DMAA Party Pill Lawsuit?
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