Wobenzym-N is a German-made medicine that is a blend of plant-based enzymes. Makers claim that it not only gives temporary relief from aches, pain and muscle soreness, but that it also supports a healthy immune system by supporting the body's natural inflammation response. This product has not been evaluated or approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treatment of these conditions. Any drug can be dangerous if used incorrectly or if it is unsafe. Side effects caused by Wobenzym have been reported in medical journals.
Possible Side Effects
According to the product's website, Wobenzym can cause skin rash, allergic reactions or dizziness. Be sure to read the list of ingredients on the package in order to anticipate an allergic reaction to one or more of the ingredients. It may also cause gastrointestinal problems, such as diarrhea, loose stool, excess odor and change in color of the stool. It is advised that this product be taken before meals to minimize side effects. Before taking Wobenzym, people with liver or kidney disorders and those on blood pressure or blood-thinning medications or anticoagulant medications should consult a health-care provider.
Pregnancy is no time to experiment with drugs, whether prescription or over-the-counter. Side effects from any medication can be dangerous to you and your baby's health, and Wobenzym is not recommended for pregnant women. Breast-feeding women should always consult a health-care provider to determine the safety of this supplement.
FDA Warning Letter
According to the FDA website, in letters dated October 14, 2010, the FDA warned makers of Wobenzym-N and manufacturers of other "chelation products" that, unless they cease making unsubstantiated claims for their products, they face possible legal action.