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Why have there been so many FDA notifications about sexual enhancement products?

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Why have there been so many FDA notifications about sexual enhancement products?

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has found that some dietary supplement products marketed to help with erectile dysfunction or enhance sexual function contain ingredients not listed on the product label. Some of these ingredients are undeclared drugs or controlled substances that could interact with other prescription drugs or cause other adverse reactions. This could also apply to a product labeled as “all natural” (an unregulated marketing term), which FDA warns “consumers may assume...is harmless and poses no health risk.” For additional information, see FDA’s “Tainted Sexual Enhancement Products.”

FAQ updated 19 May 2014