Be Warned: Sexual Enhancement Drugs for Men Sold Over the Internet May Not Be Safe

Dr. Sharon Orrange
Dr. Orrange is an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine in the Division of Geriatric, Hospitalist and General Internal Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.
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Who really buys over the counter sexual enhancement drugs? Many of you do. They are advertised as dietary supplements that promote sexual enhancement and here is what you need to know:

Recent analysis by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) of four products sold over the internet prompted safety concerns.

Advertised as promoters of sexual enhancement, these products are: VMaxx Rx, Boost-Ultra Sexual Enhancement Formula, Firminite, and X-rock.

Why the concern? Laboratory analysis of these products by the FDA revealed that they contain undeclared ingredients (they have stuff in them that isn’t on the label) or ingredients similar to those used in the prescription drugs Viagra and Cialis.

As you know, there are some people who may have dangerous side effects when taking sildenafil (the substance in Viagra and similar to Cialis). People taking nitrates (nitroglycerin, Isordil,or Imdur) may experience dangerous drops in blood pressure.

If you did have a bad reaction when you used one of these products, report it to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting Program. You can find more information on reporting to MedWatch by clicking here.

If you want a sexual enhancement drug, get a prescription for Cialis, Levitra or Viagra so at least then you know what you are getting, and there are no potentially dangerous mystery ingredients.

Dr O.

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