Male enhancement products are dangerous, but use 4 tips to be safe
The FDA warned Thursday that three “male enhancement” products claiming to contain "herbs only", actually contain hidden prescription drug ingredients and could be dangerous.
The three products contain ingredients similar to those in erectile dysfunction drugs like Viagra and Cialis, the FDA said, and such ingredients can cause serious problems in men who have heart disease.
Specifically, the three products are branded under the names “Rock-It Man”, “Libido Sexual Enhancer” and “Stiff Days”, which makes the purpose of the products more than obvious.
However, unlike prescription erectile dysfunction drugs, these three products are being marketed as alternatives that are safe to use without the guidance of a physician – even though the products are, in fact, virtual copies of the prescription drugs.
Moreover, these products are without any oversight to ensure their safety, which puts the consumer at risk for taking what is believed to be a natural substance that actually contains prescription ingredients that could be risky to them.
“FDA laboratory analysis confirmed that ‘Rock-It Man’ contains the undeclared ingredient hydroxythiohomosildenafil. Hydroxythiohomosildenafil is structurally similar to sildenafil, the active ingredient in Viagra, an FDA-approved prescription drug for Erectile Dysfunction (ED),” the FDA said in a statement released today.
“This undeclared 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.”
In addition to “Rock-It Man”, testing confirmed similar findings in “Libido Sexual Enhancer” and “Stiff Days".
The FDA advises anyone who has purchased any of these products to just toss them.
“Consumers who have experienced any negative side effects should consult a health care professional as soon as possible,” according to a statement from the FDA.
“This notification is to inform the public of a growing trend of dietary supplements or conventional foods with hidden drugs and chemicals. These products are typically promoted for sexual enhancement, weight loss, and body building, and are often represented as being ‘all natural.’ FDA is unable to test and identify all products marketed as dietary supplements on the market that have potentially harmful hidden ingredients.”
How can you tell if you are buying FDA approved male enhancement pills?
There are many products that make extraordinary claims about improving sexual performance or increasing sexual drive, but not all of them are FDA approved. Some can even be dangerous, including so-called “all natural” herbal products, which can be just as potent as their prescription counterparts.
Here are some tips to make sure you are buying a quality male enhancement product that qualifies as FDA approved:
• Labeling – In order to meet FDA approval guidelines, the product label should contain a complete list of the ingredients, dosage instructions, and the name and address of the manufacturer of the product. If there is any question about any of the ingredients, ask your doctor of pharmacist. You can also go online to look up the ingredients in the Dietary Supplements Labels Database, which contains information on over 3,000 alternative supplements available in the USA.
• Warnings – Even if a male enhancement product says it is FDA approved, the FDA is responsible for monitoring its effects and safety, so it may have issued a warning since the time the product went to market. You should therefore check with the FDA for any recent warnings the agency may have been issued against the product or the product’s manufacturer.
• Resources – Your doctor or pharmacist are good resources to check with if you are still unsure whether the male enhancement product you are buying is FDA approved. So contact them if you have any questions because they may know about the product, as well as any issues related to it. At the very least, they may know where to go for more information or otherwise have readily available resources they can access to find the information you need.
• Research – The Internet contains a lot of excellent resources that allow you to do your own research before buying male enhancement products. The key is finding credible websites with accurate information that is not designed to sell you anything. So before buying a male enhancement product, check out the manufacturer’s website to see if it has a help desk or any other forum for asking questions, as most of the leading male enhancement products have an official manufacturer’s website with such capabilities.