FDA Issues Warning Against Using OTC Sexual Enhancement Product
An over-the-counter sexual enhancement supplement contains hidden medication, says a health alert from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The FDA is advising consumers not to use or purchase a supplement called Happy Passengers because it contains sildenafil, the active ingredient in Viagra.
While Viagra is approved by the FDA for use to treat erectile dysfunction, its active ingredient is not approved for use in Happy Passengers and it is not listed as an ingredient on the label. Sildenafil 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 supplement was sold online and in some retail stores.
Health care professionals and patients are encouraged to report adverse events or side effects related to the use of this product to FDA's MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program.