“Ubertan is fine…. it’s herbal.”

Concern today over the use of a herbal nasal spray which gives you a tan, apparently by ‘heightening’ the body’s melanin levels. The problem is this product has not been tested by the MHRA, is not licensed in the UK and animal studies have found numerous potential side effects.

It is purported to contain Forskolin, however MHRA have discovered it contains Melanotan II. Melanotan II is also unlicensed and has many known side effects.

It is not currently illegal to use Ubertan, though you are putting yourself in danger, but under the Medicines Act, 1968 it is illegal to sell it.

But apparently it’s herbal so thats ok……….

Many people have this misconception that herbal medications are fine but this is far from true.
The best example is prehaps St. John’s Wort, a widely available over the counter herbal medication used for depression. Many people know that it can stop the contraceptive pill from working but do they know why? And what other medications it can affect?

St. John’s Wort is an inducer of the CYP3A4 and CYP2C9 enzymes and P-glycoprotein. These all play an important role in the absorption and metabolism of many drugs, thus St. John’s Wort decreases their bioavailability and efficacy.

And don’t forget about grapefruit!!!