A dietary supplement that is labeled as being a sexual enhancer and treatment for erectile dysfunction is under a request by the FDA to be recalled. SEI Pharmaceuticals of Florida manufactures Xiadafil VIP Tabs. According to the FDA the recalled supplement contains an analog of the active ingredient in Viagra. The over the counter supplement could cause harmful drug interactions.
“Because these products are labeled as ‘all natural dietary supplements,’ consumers may assume that they are harmless and pose no health risk,” said Janet Woodcock, M.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “But an unsuspecting consumer with underlying medical issues may take these products without knowing that they can cause serious side effects and interact in dangerous ways with drugs that a consumer is already taking.”
The FDA has not approved Xiadafil VIP Tabs for ED or any other drug use, and the safety and effectiveness of this product is unknown. The product is promoted and sold over the Internet, was given away as free samples at trade shows, and is sold in health food stores nationwide. The product may be packaged in bottles of eight tablets or blister cards of two tablets.
The state of Florida has already issued a “stop sale” to keep the company from distributing or selling the product. The FDA advises that consumers should stop using the supplement immediately. The product may react with prescription medication that contains nitrates and lower a person’s blood pressure to unhealthy levels.