Consumers should not purchase or use Power Male Sexual Stimulant, a dietary supplement promoted for sexual enhancement, because it contains hidden drug ingredients that may be harmful, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned.
Power Male Sexual Stimulant was identified by the FDA during an examination of international mail shipments. An FDA laboratory analysis confirmed that the supplement contains sildenafil, the active ingredient in the prescription erectile dysfunction drug Viagra. Sildenafil can interact with nitrates found in some prescription drugs, such as nitroglycerin, and may lower blood pressure to dangerous levels. Men with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or heart disease often take nitrates.
Consumers who have used this supplement and have health concerns should talk with their doctors. Any side effects experienced with this product should be reported to the FDA MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting Program at www.FDA.gov/MedWatch/Report.htm.
The agency is also warning consumers of a growing trend of dietary supplements or conventional foods with hidden drugs or chemicals that can be harmful to one’s health. These products are typically promoted for sexual enhancement, weight loss, and body building and are often represented as “all natural.”
“The FDA is unable to test and identify all products marketed as dietary supplements that have potentially harmful hidden ingredients,” the FDA said in its consumer alert. “Consumer should exercise caution before purchasing any product in the above categories.”