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Sexual enhancement supplement may be dangerous, FDA says

May 18th, 2012
Staff writer

The sexual enhancement product VMaxx Rx, a non-prescription supplement sold on various websites, should be avoided, according to a bulletin released Wednesday from the Food and Drug Administration.

The FDA said VMaxx Rx contains an ingredient that is a chemical cousin to the drug sildenafil. Sildenafil is sold under the trade name Viagra and is a prescription-only medication. The chemical found in VMaxx Rx is sulfoaildenafil, an analog of sildenafil. This chemical may interact with nitrates found in some prescription medications.

Consumers who have purchased the product should throw it away, according to the FDA bulletin. Report any side effects from using the product to your doctor. In addition, you can report problems to the FDA’s MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program.

The agency reports that the VMaxx Rx incident is part of a growing problem in which products that are marketed as dietary supplements or conventional foods actually contain hidden, or unlabeled, drugs and chemical ingredients. The biggest problems tend to occur among supplements marketed for sexual enhancement, weight loss and body building. The agency warns consumers to remember that marketing materials that claim products are “all natural” may still be unsafe.