The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers that two dietary supplements sold as sexual enhancement products contain a hidden drug ingredient that can be harmful to certain individuals. The supplements – Ginseng for Reinforcing Kidney and Goldreallas Original – both contain undeclared sildenafil, the active ingredient in the FDA-approved prescription drug Viagra, used to treat erectile dysfunction.
Sildenafil may interact with nitrates found in some prescription drugs such as nitroglycerin and may lower blood pressure to dangerous levels. Individuals with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or heat disease often take nitrates, the FDA warned.
Consumers are being advised not to buy or use Ginseng for Reinforcing Kidney and Goldreallas Original because they pose potential health risks. Anyone who has taken these products and experienced any side effects should file a report with the FDA MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting Program at www.FDA.gov/MedWatch/Report.htm.
The FDA’s Public Notification regarding Ginseng Reinforcing Kidney and Goldreallas Original are part of the agency’s effort to alert the public about a growing trend of dietary supplements and conventional foods that contain hidden drugs and chemicals. These products are typically promoted for sexual enhancement, weight loss and body building and are often labeled as being “all natural.”
The FDA is unable to test and identify all dietary supplements to determine whether they contain harmful ingredients. Thus, consumers are advised to exercise caution before purchasing dietary supplements, particularly those for sexual enhancement, weight loss, or body building and athletic performance.