FDA Warns about Dangers of Over-the-Counter Male Enhancement Products
NBC reports that the United States FDA has issued 20 public notifications this year regarding “tainted” products found online promising “sexual enhancement.” In particular, the FDA warns of an “emerging trend where over-the-counter products, frequently represented as dietary supplements, contain hidden active ingredients that could be harmful. Consumers may unknowingly take products laced with varying quantities of approved prescription drug ingredients, controlled substances, and untested and unstudied pharmaceutically active ingredients. These deceptive products can harm you! Hidden ingredients are increasingly becoming a problem in products promoted for sexual enhancement.”
The Internet is swarming with several different types and brands of these male enhancement products. Dr. Drogo K. Montague, director of the Center for Genital Urinary Reconstruction at the Cleveland Clinic, said, “We’re not talking about men with E.D. who are seeking to have better erections. For the most part, it’s men who want to have larger penises. But these really aren’t going to help a man who has normal (sexual) function. They’re not going to see any benefit. No patient has ever admitted to me that he’s tried it, but people ask me about it and I discourage it. The problem is, the FDA doesn’t have the degree of regulation over natural, herbal supplements that they really should have.”
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