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Posted November 3, 2004
FDA Warns of Sexual Enhancement Supplements Containing Prescription Drug
A research letter published in the Journal of the American Medical Association described the results of a chemical analysis of Actra-Rx, finding that each capsule analyzed contained prescription-strength quantities of sildenafil. Sildenafil is the active drug ingredient in Viagra, a Pfizer prescription drug product approved in the United States for the treatment of erectile dysfunction. FDA conducted its own tests of Actra-Rx and found that the product contained prescription-strength sildenafil.
An interaction between sildenafil and certain prescription drugs containing nitrates (such as nitroglycerin) or nitrates found in illicit substances (such as amyl nitrate) may cause a significant lowering of blood pressure to an unsafe level. Consumers with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or heart disease often take nitrates.
Because erectile dysfunction can be a common problem in individuals with these conditions, these consumers may take Actra-Rx or Yilishen and risk experiencing serious adverse effects. Anyone experiencing erectile dysfunction should seek guidance from their health care provider before purchasing a product to treat that condition.
Consumers who have taken Actra-Rx or Yilishen should stop taking it and consult with their health care providers regarding erectile dysfunction treatment. Consumers who are seeking treatment for erectile dysfunction should not take Actra-Rx or Yilishen as either can be dangerous to their health and even life-threatening.