FDA Warns Against Use of Sexual Enhancement, Weight Loss Supplements

FDA Warns Against Use of Sexual Enhancement, Weight Loss Supplements
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March 22, 2016

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising customers against the use of several supplements promoted and sold for sexual enhancement and weight loss.

The potentially dangerous sexual enhancement supplements are Salute Capsules and ZlimXter Capsules. FDA laboratory analysis confirmed that Salute Capsules contain sildenafil, thiosildenafil, and sulfoaildenafil, while ZlimXter Capsules contain sildenafil. Sildenafil is the active ingredient in the FDA-approved prescription drug Viagra, used to treat erectile dysfunction (ED). Thiosildenafil and sulfoaildenafil are substances structurally similar to sildenafil.

These undeclared ingredients 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 FDA is also warning against use of weight loss supplements Xerophagy, Dynamizm Capsules, and Eradicate Capsules. All three contain sibutramine, a controlled substance that was removed from the market in October 2010 for safety reasons. The ingredient is known to substantially increase blood pressure and/or pulse rate in some patients and may present a significant risk for patients with a history of coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, arrhythmias, or stroke. This product may also interact, in life-threatening ways, with other medications a consumer may be taking.

Eradicate Capsules also contain desmethylsibutramine, a substance structurally similar to sibutramine.

These products were available for purchase online and were possibly available in retail locations.

Health care professionals and patients are encouraged to report adverse events or side effects related to the use of these products to FDA's MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program.