The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers not to purchase or use certain dietary supplements promoted for sexual enhancement because laboratory analyses found the products to contain a hidden drug ingredient that can be life threatening to some consumers.
The FDA singled out five dietary supplement this week during an examination of international shipments. They include:
Rhino 8 Platinum 8000
Rhino 7K 9000 Male Performance Booster
Power Male Sexual Stimulant
Black 3K Plus Male Sexual Enhancement Capsules
All the products are promoted for male sexual enhancement and all were found to contain sildenafil, the active ingredient in the FDA-approved prescription drug Viagra, which is used to treat erectile dysfunction.
This undeclared drug ingredient may 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, the FDA warned.
Anyone who has taken these products and experienced any side effects or adverse events should file a report with the FDA MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting Program at www.FDA.gov/MedWatch/Report.htm.
The FDA also warned that many dietary supplements promoted for sexual enhancement, bodybuilding or athletic performance, and weight loss often contain hidden drug ingredients that can be dangerous to health. The FDA cannot test all drugs before they hit the market, so the agency urges consumers to use caution when purchasing these dietary supplements.