The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising consumers not to purchase or use specific dietary supplements marketed for sexual enhancement because they contain hidden drugs that could cause serious health risks.
FDA laboratory analysis found that Platinum 500 contains sildenafil, the active ingredient in the erectile dysfunction drug Viagra; and Kingdom Honey for Her, Kingdom Honey for Him, and Royal Honey VIP, contain tadalafil, the active ingredient in the erectile dysfunction drug Cialis.
Undeclared Viagra and Cialis in these dietary supplements may interact with nitrates found in some prescription drugs, such as nitroglycerin, and may lower blood pressure to dangerous levels. People with diabetes, high cholesterol, or heart disease often take nitrates.
Anyone who has taken these supplements and experienced health problems should contact their doctors. Side effects with these products should also be reported to the FDA MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting Program at www.FDA.gov/MedWatch/Report.htm.
The FDA is also alerting consumers of a growing trend in dietary supplements or conventional foods containing hidden drugs and chemicals that pose a risk to public health. These products are typically promoted for sexual enhancement, body building, or weight loss and are often touted as being “all natural.”
The FDA is unable to test and identify all products marketed as dietary supplements that have potentially harmful hidden ingredients. Consumers should exercise caution before purchasing any product from the above mentioned categories.
Source: FDA Public Notification