The IMB has again highlighted safety concerns in relation to the unauthorised tanning medicine Melanaton which is illegal on the Irish market. This product is not available in pharmacies or authorised distribution channels in Ireland and it is thought that it is being sourced by consumers on the internet. There is no evidence that it is safe or effective.
The IMB had previously warned of the risk of side-effects ranging from nausea to headaches and other unknown outcomes. The IMB is advising any consumers who are currently using this product to cease doing so immediately and consult with their Doctor or pharmacist.
Melanaton is an un-licenced medicine marketed through the internet that purports to assist tanning. It also claims to have a number of additional benefits including appetite suppression.