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Male 'Enhancement' Drugs are Dangerous, FDA Warns

Sep 29, 2014

So-called “male enhancement” drugs are deceptive and can actually be life-threatening, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and doctors. NBC News reports that the agency has issued 20 public notifications this year to warn about “tainted” internet products that claim to achieve male “sexual enhancement; the FDA said that these products “an emerging trend”.

Despite these warnings, however, a number of these products are being sold on mainstream retail websites. In its notifications, the FDA warns that the products contain a “hidden drug”. That hidden ingredient is usually sildenafil, the active ingredient in Viagra, the erectile-dysfunction medication. Men are urged to “stop using this product immediately and throw it away” in each alert.

Using these products and subsequently ingesting sildenafil can lead to “dangerous” drops in blood pressure among men with diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure or high cholesterol who already take pharmaceutical nitrates to treat these problems, the FDA says. According to NBC News, a leading urologist says this may be fatal in some men. Dr. Drogo K. Montague, director of the Center for Genital Urinary Reconstruction at the Cleveland Clinic, said “The combination, in some cases, could cause a myocardial infarction (heart attack)-or death,” according to NBC.

“We're not talking about men with E.D. Who are seeking to have better erections, For the most part, it's men who want to have larger penises,” said Montague. “But these really aren't going to help a man who has normal (sexual) function. They're not going to see any benefit...The problem is, the FDA doesn't have the degree of regulation over natural, herbal supplements that they really should have,”

According to NBC, a number of these tainted products, including Full Throttle On Demand, 3 Hard Knights and SexRx, are still available in online markets. The FDA issued 33 similar alerts in 2013, 15 in 2012 and two in 2011.

In its effort to crackdown on “male enhancement” products, the FDA held an advisory panel to discuss testosterone replacement therapies. The panel concluded that testosterone products should only be used for men who product abnormally low levels of testosterone due to a medical condition. In recent years, an increasing number of men have been taking testosterone drugs for “Low-T” as described in TV commercials.

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