Many consumers are considering supplements that are natural and therefore safe. In fact, the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN reported in 2017 that 87 percent of US consumers trust that dietary supplements, such as vitamins, minerals, herbs, herbs, oils, microbial bacteria, and amino acids, are safe and effective, Unfortunately, your confidence can be misaligned when it comes to supplements for male sexual dysfunction and weight loss.
According to the Food and Drug Administration, 776 nutritional supplement products sold from 146 different manufacturers that trade between 2007 and 2016 contained synthetic/prescription medicines. Most of these products are marketed for only two conditions, sexual enhancement, (45.5 percent) or weight loss (40.9 percent). Most recently, on Nov. 30, 2018, the FDA did not advise consumers to buy a product called Willy Go Wild, available online and in some retail outlets, because the product also contains hidden prescription drugs.
Why is that important?
As a pharmacist and dietary supplement researcher, I’m worried about the hidden intake of these prescription drugs in the supplements. It increases the risk of harming patients, and it allows people to write down the merits and disadvantages they experience to a herb, rather than the true culprit – the extra drug. This makes it harder for physicians and pharmacists to decipher the types of patients who have these natural therapies that could be used and where they should be avoided.
Risky Sex Enhancement Pills
It is considered malpractice for pharmacists to fill prescriptions for erectile dysfunction (ED) medications such as Viagra, Levitra or Cialis when patients stop taking nitrate medications such as nitroglycerin tablets or spray or isosorbide mono/dinitrate. These nitrate medications are commonly used to treat chest pain or heart failure. The combination with a drug for the treatment of ED; When the FDA said the makers of Willy Go Wild may cause a patient’s blood pressure to skyrocket. This consequently can result in hospitalization or Loss of life.
Some patients taking nitrate medications who are not sure of any of the ED medications have turned to the so-called natural products instead. If you had bought one of the 353 spoiled products, you would have the same active ingredients nonetheless.
In addition, prescription erectile dysfunction medication can cause priapism, a medical emergency where the penis can become irreparably damaged. The higher the dose eaten, the bigger the risk. So imagine if you want to improve your prescription erectile dysfunction drug with herbal remedies, just to find out you were getting a prescription drug, drug instead. There are cases of priapism with herbal sexual dysfunction medication.
ED Drugs And Antidepressants
Some other nutritional supplement products for male enhancement added a drug called daptoxetine. The FDA hasn’t authorized it for almost any reason, which includes sexual dysfunction. People on other serotonin-enhancing drugs for depression or bowel problems are more likely to end up with a condition called serotonin syndrome when accidentally exposed to this unknown drug. Serotonin syndrome is a life-threatening problem with high body temperature, muscle stiffness, cramping, and kidney damage.
Sibutramine, an appetite suppressant that was removed from the US market by the FDA in 2010 because its use increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes. However, 269 supplements touted for weight loss products contain sibutramine and others contain the stimulant ephedrine and fenfluramine.
Ephedrine, a stimulant, has been banned in the US because it also increases cardiovascular risk. Fenfluramine, an amphetamine derivative, has been used in combination with phentermine in the popular “fen-phen” diet, which has been banned after numerous cases of pulmonary hypertension, valvular heart failure, and heart failure has occurred.
Yet other dietary supplements, weight loss products, contain the laxative phenolphthalein or prescription diuretics. Phenolphthalein is no longer used as a laxative in the US because it may cause cancer and injuries fetuses. Laxatives and diuretics only cause weight loss due to diarrhea or loss of water weight. They do not result in fat loss. It can cause dangerously low blood pressure and low blood potassium concentrations.
A 2015 New England Journal of Medicine estimated that dietary supplements led to 23,000 emergency room visits and over 2,000 hospitalizations each year. Weight-loss products or associated increased energy also causes 72 percent of supplement-related adverse events, including palpitations, chest pain, or palpitations rate. I suspect that the dominance of the deliberate synthetic drug restrictions on these supplements could explain some of these results.
How can you protect yourself?
The FDA does not approve nutritional supplements and many options that you are on your own. The Nutritional Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) of 1994 created a new category of health product. As long as the product contains natural ingredients to promote or support the health and not to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent a disease, it is considered a dietary supplement. Under DSHEA, the FDA has got to verify risk to human overall health just before removing these goods from the US marketplace.
The FDA, however, has a running list of products in which you have found synthetic or prescription meds, and you can check that out. If the product you purchased on this list, do not use it. On Nov. 20, 2018, two nutritional supplements for pain or drug addiction were stained with tianeptine, an antidepressant drug that is not FDA-approved for use in the US market. If your product is not on this list but does not guarantee it, there are no restrictions. The FDA simply does not have the resources to review the tens of thousands of supplements on US shelves.
Independent laboratory verification by the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) can help ensure that the vitamin or herb indicated on the label is in the bottle and that the product has a low risk of microbial, heavy metal and PCB contamination. Unfortunately, USP does not routinely test dietary supplements contaminated for the synthetic or prescription drug.
ConsumerLab.com usually does not test for prescription medication restrictions during your testing of the products. However, for sexual dysfunction drugs, ConsumerLab.com have been contaminated for the prescription drug.