From Pharmacy Drug Guide
WellTabs® are herbal supplements that are sold over the counter. The manufacturer claims that consumers can use Welltabs® to alleviate anxiety, relax and promote feelings of well-being. However, these claims have not been evaluated by the FDA.
Welltabs® are advertised on television, and the product offers a two-week "sample" supply for $3.95. However, consumers must sign up for auto-shipment that will automatically bill them for future supplies. While it is possible to cancel the program before getting billed, some report that it can be difficult to do so.
|Brand name for||Herbal anxiety-relief supplements|
|Common side effects||Unknown, ingredients poorly researched|
|Major side effects||Possibly low blood sugar from Asian ginseng Other ingredients may also cause allergies or side effects.|
|Warnings||The FDA has not evaluated this product for safety or effectiveness|
|Disclaimer||The information provided by PharmacyDrugGuide.com is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Do not take any action based on the information on this page without consulting a physician.|
Welltabs® claims to fight anxiety with the ingredients Withania somnifera, L-Theanine, magnolia bark, Asian ginseng, and rhodiola rosea. Other ingredients include acai berry, lemon balm extract, passionflower extract and resveratrol. All but the first three ingredients are part of a proprietary blend, making it impossible to determine how much of each is included.
The Welltabs® website cites one, eight-week study on the effectiveness of one ingredient, Withania somnifera. However, further research reveals that three of the doctors involved in the study are directly connected to the manufacturer and distributor of Welltabs®. Dr. Biswajit Auddy works for Natreon Inc., the patent holder of Sensoril,® which is the type of Withania somnifera used in Welltabs®; Dr. Bruce Abedon works for NutraGenesis LLC, which sells Sensoril®; and Dr. Shibnath Ghosal is an advisor for Natreon, Inc. This means that more than half of the five doctors conducting the research had ties to the Welltabs® brand, creating a conflict of interest that could have affected the research.
Welltabs Side Effects
The ingredients of Welltabs® have not been well-researched, and it is not known what sort of adverse reactions they may cause. The manufacturer notes that there are no known side effects, but Asian ginseng may cause low blood sugar, and the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, a division of the NIH, recommends that diabetics take caution when using it. Other ingredients may also cause allergies or side effects.