Monday, March 31, 2008

Black Labels for ED Supplements

The FDA released a warning to consumers not to purchase or use "Blue Steel" or "Hero" dietary supplements promoted and sold online for erectile dysfunction (ED) treatment.

The chemicals similar to sildenafil, Viagra's active ingredient, which aren't noted on the Blue Steel and Hero product labels, "may dangerously affect a person's blood pressure level," an FDA news release states.

People with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or heart disease often take nitrates. ED is a common problem in men with these medical conditions. Because they may have been advised against taking ED drugs, these men may seek products like Blue Steel and Hero because the products are marketed as "all natural" or as not containing the active ingredients in approved ED drugs, the FDA notes.

The FDA advises people who have used either of these products to discontinue use and consult their health care professional if they have experienced any adverse events that they feel are related to the use of these products.

Consumers or health care professionals can report adverse events to the FDA's MedWatch program by phone at 800-FDA-1088 or on the FDA's web site.

11 comments:

Jamie said...

Just because something is "all natural" doesn't mean it's ok. I sure hope people are reading your blog posts for their own safty!

Sam said...

These companies give vitamins a bad name. They also give a bad name to products sold on the internet. How do we know what is safe?

James Waugh, MD said...

You don't. But you don't know that either when you purchase products at the drug store. I try to find out who the people are that own the company and look at their credentials before I purchase supplements off the internet. I also look to see who manufacturers their products to see if they are GMP compliant.

This still doesn't guarantee the product is safe, but it's better than buyng from a private company that doesn't make ownership public.

Jerry Lewis said...

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Hail said...

Viagra contains Sildenafil and it is a prescription drug used to treat erectile dysfunction. Erectile dysfunction is the inability of the penis to become rigid, or stay firm long enough to complete the sexual act.

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