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FDA: Sexual function dietary supplements may be dangerous

Pharmacy Regulation Resource, July 28, 2006

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning about erectile dysfunction (ED) dietary supplements, which may carry unlabeled prescriptive medications.

Many of the illegal supplements use the same ingredients used in approved ED medications, but do not include them on the ingredients list. The results, according to the FDA, could lead to the unlabeled drugs negatively interacting with other medications, like nitroglycerine. The unlabeled meds  could also lower the patient's blood pressure.

The warning came on the heels of an FDA survey that found many ED dietary supplements contained medications and chemicals. The agency is now taking steps to stop the import of these supplements into the United States.

To read the complete FDA warning, click here.