Warning over ‘sexual enhancement’ honey in the US

Four companies in the US have been officially warned after selling honey products tainted with erectile dysfunction drugs.

Testing found that samples contained active drug ingredients not listed on the product labels, including those found in Cialis (tadalafil) and Viagra (sildenafil).

Honey-based products have been found to be tainted by Viagra drugs in the US. (Ken Irwin)

These can interact with nitrates found in some prescription drugs, such as nitroglycerin, and may lower blood pressure to dangerous levels.

People with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or heart disease often take nitrates.

The FDA said the products were being marketed as food products for “sexual enhancement”.


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“Tainted honey-based products like these are dangerous because consumers are likely unaware of the risks associated with the hidden prescription drug ingredients in these products and how they may interact with other drugs and supplements they may take,” FDA associate commissioner for regulatory affairs Judy McMeekin said.

If the companies do not respond within 15 days, they could face legal action.

Tadalafil and sildenafil are both only available to Australians through prescription.

Read the full article at: 9news.com.au

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