The Ministry of Health reminds the public not to purchase or consume Dexteem Plus after two people were admitted to the hospital after consuming it. In a statement, the ministry said they had bought Dexteem Plus from two different shops in Brunei.

Dexteem Plus contains a potent steroid, Dexamethasone (0.5miligram), and an antihistamine, Dexchlorpheniramine Maleate (2miligrams). Dexteem Plus is not registered in Brunei Darussalam and the Ministry of Health never issued any approval for its importation and sale.

In the first case, a 25-year-old woman who consumed Dexteem Plus for 7 months developed hand dermatitis - an inflammatory skin condition. She was treated for symptoms such as dizziness, nausea, vomiting, epigastric pain, frequent urination with terminal burning sensation, dry throat, weakness, high blood pressure and elevated blood glucose. The woman was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus and Cushing's syndrome - a condition caused by long-term consumption of steroids. And in the second case, an 80-year-old woman who developed symptoms such as nausea and vomiting, giddiness was found to have high sodium levels. She was diagnosed with low morning cortisol-related to adrenal suppression - a condition in which the adrenal glands do not produce adequate amounts of steroid hormones.

In this regard, the Ministry of Health advise the public to stop taking Dexteem Plus immediately. Anyone found to sell or supply the steroid is liable to a fine not exceeding 5-thousand dollars, imprisonment for a term not exceeding 2 years, or both.

For further information, the public can contact the Pharmacy Enforcement Section at the 1st Floor, Department of Pharmaceutical Services' Building in Kampung Madaras, Mukim Gadong A.

Source: Radio Television Brunei