Looking for information about a specific name-brand product? This page lists resources to help you make an informed decision about name-brand products you are taking or considering.

Start by searching the DoD Prohibited Dietary Supplement Ingredients List to see if any of the ingredients in the product are prohibited for use by Service Members and other DoD personnel. If it does not contain any prohibited ingredients, then use the OPSS Scorecard to answer 7 questions to help screen your dietary supplement for safety. If you’re still unsure about the product you’re considering, send us a question using the Ask the Expert button in the top right menu of this page.

Search for the ingredients listed on the label of your name-brand product on the DoD Prohibited Ingredients List.

Read the label on your supplement and answer 7 yes-or-no questions to determine if it’s “no go.”

Also, check the label of the product to see if it contains one of the well-vetted, third-party certification seals listed in the OPSS article about third-party certification. Without laboratory testing, there is no way to know for sure the actual ingredients (or their amounts) in a dietary supplement product. These third-party seals help you make sure a product has been tested and does not contain prohibited ingredients.

FDA’s Tainted Products Marketed as Dietary Supplements

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has identified over-the-counter products marketed as dietary supplements that contain hidden active ingredients that could be harmful, such as prescription drugs, unapproved drugs, and controlled substances.

Could your supplement be tainted? Check FDA's list External Link


Content current as of 18 March 2024