Federal health officials are warning consumers not to purchase or ingest “Rhino” brand male enhancement products, citing a recent increase in drug-related health problems hidden in purported dietary supplements.
The Food and Drug Administration said on Tuesday it had identified more than 25 products marketed with variations of the name Rhino that contain undeclared ingredients similar or identical to the active ingredients found in prescription drugs to treat erectile dysfunction. The products, which include Platinum Rhino 25000, Krazzy Rhino 25000, and Gold Rhino 25000, are typically sold at gas stations, convenience stores, and online on sites like eBay and Amazon.
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The FDA has identified various Rhino products containing the active ingredients of the FDA-approved prescription drugs Viagra and Cialis, which can interact with nitrates in other drugs and lower blood pressure to dangerous levels, it said. the agency. People with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or heart disease often take nitrates.
The agency said it had received reports of chest pain, severe headaches and other unwanted symptoms after using a Rhino product, some requiring hospitalization and surgery due to severe falls. arterial pressure.
The FDA said it was unable to test and identify all products marketed as dietary supplements with potentially harmful and undisclosed ingredients, and urged consumers to be careful. This is especially true for products that promote sexual enhancement, weight loss, bodybuilding and pain relief, the agency said.