FDA Warns About Sexual Enhancement Drinks

A couple of weeks ago, the FDA issued a warning about over-the-counter sexual enhancement pills:

FDA has identified 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.

Now, they’ve also issued a warning about two sexual enhancement drinks. Rock Hard Extreme and Passion Coffee contain sulfaildenafil, an active pharmaceutical ingredient that is similar to sildenafil, the active ingredient in Viagra. Sulfaildenafil can interact badly with medications that contain nitrates, which are often used by people with diabetes, heart disease, or high blood pressure.

When it comes to these sorts of products, there’s almost never any research to check on their safety or effectiveness. And sometimes, they contain very little of the active ingredient or they contain so much that they’re dangerous.

So skip the Rock Hard Extreme and Passion Coffee and don’t believe the hype.

Dr. Charlie Glickman

Charlie Glickman is the Education Program Manager at Good Vibrations. He also writes, blogs, teaches workshops and university courses, presents at conferences, and trains sexuality educators. He’s certified by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists, and loves geeking out about sex, relationships, sex-positivity, love and shame, communities of erotic affiliation, and sexual practices and techniques of all varieties. Follow him online, on Twitter at @charlieglickman, or on Facebook.

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