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Unlicensed tanning drug causing concern

It may be grim outside and with the party season almost upon us we all may look a little pasty, but some people may be risking their long term health for the sake of a fake tan.

Experts say that an illegal tanning drug which is injected into the skin may have serious health implications and has already been to linked to nausea, high blood pressure and panic attacks

The drug is called Melanotan, a synthetic hormone that has the chemical name afamelanotide. As well as darkening the skin, it is also believed to boost libido and cut appetite, which is why it has been nicknamed the “Barbie drug”.

It is unlicensed for use in the UK but it can be obtained online illegally and under the counter in some gyms and beauty salons.

Source: Daily Express

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