The Food and Drug Administration is taking this rhinoceros-sized problem by the horns.
The federal agency is warning men not to take Rhino male enhancement products that promise “super long lasting” sex, citing a rise in health issues associated with taking the kinky capsules.
“The FDA has received reports of people experiencing chest pain, severe headaches and prolonged erections after taking a Rhino product that led to surgical intervention and hospitalization due to extreme drops in blood pressure,” the agency stated Tuesday.
The products, often sold at gas stations, convenience stores and sites like eBay and Amazon, contain hidden and undeclared drug ingredients that are similar to the active ingredients found in FDA-approved prescription drugs used to treat erectile dysfunction like Viagra and Cialis. These ingredients can interact with nitrates in some prescription drugs used to treat diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease, and may lower blood pressure to dangerous levels.
“Over the past few years, the FDA has been combating the retail sale of male enhancement drug products that are frequently misrepresented as dietary supplements and that contain hidden and potentially harmful active drug ingredients,” Donald D. Ashley, director of the Office of Compliance in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said in a statement.
“Distributing unapproved drugs, disguised as supplements, places the U.S. public health at risk,” Ashley added. “We remain vigilant in our efforts to protect the American public from the sale of these potentially dangerous products.”
The FDA has found more than 25 products sold under different versions of “Rhino”-named products since 2007, which often make their way to the U.S. via international mail shipments.
A 1-capsule packet of Krazzy Rhino 25000 boasts that it can provide “time,” “size” and “stamina” to those who take it.
In an apparent effort to address potential buyers who may be scared off, the packaging also states, “No headache.”
If you’re thinking about taking products marked as dietary supplements, the FDA suggests you first talk to your doctor since ingredients can interact with medications you’re taking.