The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released its latest wave of public notifications regarding dietary supplements that contain hidden drug ingredients that may be dangerous to consumers. The latest warnings involve four dietary supplements made by SHH Trading and promoted for sexual enhancement on various websites and in some retail stores.
Laboratory analysis has confirmed that Triple Premium Zen Gold 1300 mg, Triple Miracle Zen Plus 1200 mg and XXX Zone Platinum contain sildenafil and tadalafil, the active ingredients in the prescription erectile dysfunction drugs Viagra and Cialis, respectively. They also contain dapoxetine, an antidepressant used to treat premature ejaculation. The supplement Triple X 2000 was found to contain tadalafil and dapoxetine.
Undeclared sildenafil and tadalafil 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.
Dapoxetine has been associated with psychiatric problems, dermatological reactions, increases in body weight, lower sex drive, nausea, headaches, upset stomach and weakness.
The FDA is urging consumers not to purchase or take these dietary supplements because of the health risks they pose to consumers. The agency is also alerting consumers to a growing trend of dietary supplement manufacturers adding hidden drugs in dietary supplements, most often in products designed to enhance sexual performance, improve strength or muscle mass, and to help with weight loss.
Any side effects experienced while taking these drugs should also be reported to the FDA MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting Program at www.FDA.gov/MedWatch/Report.htm.
Source: FDA Public Notifications