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The Hidden Risk behind Erectile Dysfunction Supplements

The market for erectile dysfunction drugs and supplements has grown by leaps and bounds with everyone competing for a piece of the pie. Online companies are no different, and given the rage of people wanting everything they ingest to be all natural, internet marketers have latched onto that and done their best to supply the demand. The problem is that all natural is all too often untrue, and most men choosing to use the internet as a source of erectile dysfunction drugs and supplements fail to realize the real danger they are putting themselves in the path of.

The FDA Office of Compliance which is a part of CDER (Center for Drug Evaluation and Research) has recently brought to light the alarming truth that many men using erectile dysfunction drugs purchased from internet suppliers are not getting what they bargained for and are in some cases possibly taking their lives in their own hands in search of an erection. The main problem is that many ED (Erectile Dysfunction) supplements manage to skirt the law by billing themselves as natural or herbal supplements, or in some cases dietary supplements that also happen to improve sexual function. What they fail to disclose is that in varying amounts many actually contain prescription drugs and are a far cry from as safe as they are billed.

Since 2004 the FDA’s Internet Health Fraud Team has worked in conjunction with several other FDA components to get serious about ED supplements on the internet. Since their investigation began, seventeen products have been examined. Of those seventeen, six were found to contain sildenfil, vardenafil, or a similar proxy for the two. The problem with this is that these are controlled substances for a reason – they simply are not safe for use by all. Vardenafil for instance is an active ingredient in Levitra. Many men that turn to the internet looking for an all natural ED supplement do so because they have been informed by their doctor that a prescription ED drug, like Levitra, may not be safe for them. Undaunted they purchase an all natural internet supplement and wind up putting them self at risk anyway because they are unknowingly getting the very drug they were told to avoid.

A further problem with that scenario is because the controlled substance in the supplement is often in a low dose, many men ignore the directions with the mentality that if one is good two must be better. When it comes to building a better boner logic is not always being actively employed. Another issue is that men that are experiencing ED will often have another health issue which is the true root cause of their ED that they are taking a prescription drug for. Not knowing they are taking a supplement that contains a controlled substance many men unknowingly create the potential for dangerous and possibly lethal drug interaction issues. Complicating the issue, most men do not tell their doctor they are taking what they believe to be an all natural supplement because they do not think it is important enough to mention. Even if they do, the failure to list a controlled substance present in a supplement on the bottle or consumer information means unless the doctor is already aware of a problem with the supplement, they have no idea it is dangerous either.

While supplements produced in the U.S. for ED are generally safer due to more stringent FDA oversight, they are just as real a danger as those from outside the country as was proved with the Xiadafil seizure in 2007 which is produced by SEI Pharmaceuticals Inc. of Miami, Florida. The real problem is the supplements that come in from overseas, particularly Asia. The FDA works with U.S. Customs to try to stem the tide, however it is an uphill battle. A tiny percentage of any shipment coming into the U.S. is checked regardless of its form of entry. There simply isn’t enough time or manpower to open every crate, box, and envelope. As soon as agents catch onto a product like they did with the “Shanghai”; series of supplements including but not limited to “Super Shanghai”, “Lady Shanghai”, and “Shanghai Ultra”, they find a different way to get it to the U.S mainland like shipping it to Puerto Rico first where it is repackaged. Although it sounds like a lot of effort, when the type of money is at stake that is in the ED market such things are seen as the price of doing business and the cost is passed to an unwitting consumer.

Currently the FDA has compiled a list of ED products to avoid which are available online which currently includes: Actra-Rx, Actra-Sx, Libidus, Nasutra, Neophase, Vigor-25, Yilishen, Zimaxx, 4EVERON, Liviro3, Lycium Barbarum L, Adam Free, Rhino V Max, V.Max, True Man, Energy Max, HS Joy of Love, NaturalUp, Blue Steel, Erextra, Super Shangai, Strong Testis, Shangai Ultra, Shangai Ultra X, Lady Shangai, Shangai Regular, also marketed as Shangai Chaojimengnan, Hero, Naturalë Super Plus, and Xiadafil VIP tablets (Lots 6K029 and 6K209-SEI only). Consumers are warned that these supplements may cause a health risk to users based on the fact they contain “undeclared ingredients.”

If you are a man dealing with erectile dysfunction issues please exercise some common sense and rely on the advice of your doctor for alternatives and treatments to overcoming that issue. The internet, as wonderful as it is, is also overrun with people that will take advantage of any market by any means if it means they can turn a profit, and erectile dysfunction supplements is a huge market. A healthy sex life is a great and important thing, but it isn’t worth dying for.

Information retrieved from FDA Consumer Updates Report 12/22/2009 release