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Dietary Supplements for Erectile Dysfunction – Dangerous Ingredients – UPDATED

December 23, 2016

Multiple dietary supplements are marketed on web sites or through independent distributors as natural products for erectile dysfunction or sexual enhancement and have ingredients not mentioned in the labeling. FDA considers these products to be illegal drugs. Over the past few years, many products have been recalled in response to FDA analyses. FDA has warned consumers not to purchase other natural products marketed for erectile dysfunction or sexual enhancement containing undeclared ingredients.

FDA has a general site for Fraudulent Dietary Supplements www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm246744.htm. This site gives overall guidance on dietary supplements that may be dangerous or illegal. Another FDA site titled Tainted Sexual Enhancement Products at www.fda.gov/ Drugs/ ResourcesForYou/ Consumers/ BuyingUsingMedicineSafely/ MedicationHealthFraud/ucm234539.htm lists products FDA has warned consumers to not use due to undeclared ingredients. The FDA has only been able to test a small number of products due to the large number out on the market. Most products are purchased on various website and various retail stores.

Consumers are at risk due to these undeclared ingredients because they may interact with prescription drugs such as nitrates.  The FDA is warning patients not to purchase or consume these products and report any adverse events via MedWatch (www.fda.gov/MedWatch/report.htm or 1-800-FDA-1088).

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