Many turn to 'herbal' remedies to enhance sexual performance, longevity and pleasure, but these pills may not be all what they seem. Because the pills are not considered drugs, and only supplements, like vitamins, they are not regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration. This means that some of the companies do not list all of their ingredients and some even use prescription strength medications that can have negative side effects and even have harmful interactions with other prescribed medications.

Packaging for many of the products indicate that they are safe, or herbal, or come from East Asian traditional medicine yet modern science may play a large role in the pills' effects

The FDA has tested many of the supplements and have found that they contain detectable amounts of tadalafil, which is the active ingredient in the prescription drug Cialis and sulfoaildenafil, a chemical cousin of sildenafil, the active ingredient in Viagra. All of the supplements tested had undisclosed ingredients that were either prescription grade or pharmacological cousins of prescription medications that are approved for impotence.

The list of FDA warnings include the products:

  • Ninja Mojo
  • Love Rider
  • Rock-It Man
  • Kaboom Action Strips
  • Firminite

Although the supplements may work because of undisclosed prescription grade medications, they may be unsafe for use because people taking medications for heart conditions such as nitrates may experience a sudden drop in blood pressure that can result in serious medical conditions.

When in doubt, consult a doctor and get a perscription for the real thing, it probabally works better.