In a study published in the journal of Drug Testing and Analysis on October 14, the supplement Craze was found to contain the ingredient N-Alpha-DEPEA which is almost identical to a compound found in methamphetamine. The supplement is extremely popular in the body building community, and has gotten intensely positive reviews on Bodybuilding.com. These include feedback like “this stuff will make you feel like the Hulk”, among other enthusiastic responses.
Suspicions about Craze began when some students started failing drug tests after using the supplement. Independent testing at Harvard Medical School showed that Craze contains 20mg per serving of N-Alpha-DEPEA, which is a banned substance because it is a methamphetamine analog. This means that it causes the same hyperactive effects of meth, but with unknown addictive properties and side effects.
Although supplements have no requirements of being approved by the FDA, the FDA is expected to review the research as soon as the government shutdown ends. Meanwhile, the bodybuilding supplement that was found to contain compounds virtually identical in nature and effect to methamphetamine remains widely available to the public, but news of the study is causing many venders to remove the product from their shelves.
Craze Sales Suspended on Bodybuilder.com: http://www.bodybuilding.com/store/drivensports/craze.html
Reviews of Crave: http://supplementreviews.com/driven-sports/craze
The Official Press Release: http://medicalxpress.com/news/2013-10-muscles-meth-drug-analog-craze.html