What is Herbal Viagra?

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It’s available nearly everywhere – gas stations, sex shops and all over the internet with dozens of brands.

It’s called herbal Viagra, but it’s not real Viagra.

The Food and Drug Administration has warned about some of the products called ‘stiff nights,’ ‘king of romance,’ ‘black panther’ and ‘rhino blitz’.

In studies funded by Pfizer, which makes Viagra, Dr. Irwin Goldstein investigated 58 different brands to see what they contained.

“It was unbelievable what we found. From rat poison to commercial paint to heavy metals, to drugs that did other things. We found drugs that lowered blood sugar. It just goes to show you the quality of the manufacturing of these is extremely poor,” said Dr. Goldstein.

The drugs also mean big business.

“Unfortunately, a lot of these folks are based overseas and set up fly by night operations,” said Daniel Fabricant, Natural Products Association.

The supplement industry is not as tightly regulated as the drug industry.

The FDA found that these supplements often contain an undeclared ingredient, sildenafil, the same active ingredient found in Viagra.

In large doses it may dangerously lower blood pressure.

“People want this stuff. People don’t really care about the warnings when they’re faced with the inevitability that they’re going to have sexual activity and they may not be good performers,” said Dr. Goldstein.

So does it work? Maybe if it contains enough Viagra and the placebo effect can be huge.

It might work just because a man thinks it works.
 

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