FDA Warns Against Use of Certain Sexual Enhancement Supplements

FDA Warns Against Use of Certain Sexual Enhancement Supplements

November 20, 2015

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a series of public notifications to warn consumers about unsafe products currently on the market.

These alerts are reserved primarily for over-the-counter items that claim to treat disease or improve health, but have not proven their effectiveness. In addition to wasting billions of consumer dollars each year, health scams can lead patients to delay proper treatment and cause serious injuries.

Released on November 19, 2015, the FDA released warnings against Rhino X, XForMan Plus, Sex Drive Capsules, Effective Viagra, and Australia Kangaroo Essence. All five of these supplements, promoted as aids for sexual enhancement, contain sildenafil.

Sildenafil is the active ingredient in the FDA-approved prescription drug Viagra. Used to treat erectile dysfunction (ED), the ingredient can interact with nitrates found in some prescription drugs and may lower blood pressure to dangerous levels. Men with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or heart disease often take nitrates.

Health care professionals and patients are encouraged to report adverse events or side effects related to the use of this product to the FDA's MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program. This can be done by completing a MedWatch Online Voluntary Reporting Form.