Hidden Risks of Erectile Dysfunction Treatments
December 10, 2010
“Magic Power Coffee” is not the only erectile dysfunction treatment sold online. Men looking for “dietary supplements” to treat erectile dysfunction (ED) or enhance sexual health should know: some of these products may contain prescription drugs or other undisclosed ingredients that can be harmful!
“The number of these problematic products available on the Internet appears to be increasing,”
– says Michael Levy, director of the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Division of New Drugs and Labeling Compliance.
Many consumers perceive these products as completely safe because they are often sold with labeling, suggesting that they are all-natural alternatives to prescription drug products that have been approved by FDA for treating ED.
But these products may be laced with potentially hazardous ingredients that aren’t noted on the label.
People with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or heart disease are often prescribed drugs containing nitrates, and men with these conditions commonly suffer from ED, Hirsch says. “Those are factors that doctors consider when prescribing approved ED treatments.”