Dubai: The Department of Health in Abu Dhabi has warned residents against using three unlicensed male enhancement drugs that contained prescription drugs.
The cautionary message was issued after the health authority removed Magic Chocolate, Pena Tropin Capsules and VM Plus Capsules.
The Department of Health pointed out that laboratory results proved that the three products contained ingredients not mentioned in the products’ labelling, which included sildenafil, tadalafil and vardenafil.
These are approved in prescription drugs used to treat erectile dysfunction. However, such hidden and undeclared ingredients in health supplements may interact with nitrates found in some prescription drugs and may lower blood pressure to dangerous levels and impair the cardiac function.
The authority also warned that male enhancement supplements can cause other serious side effects like vision defects and shortness of breath, and can lead to a severe drop in blood pressure that can threaten the patient’s life.
Check for verification
Residents in Abu Dhabi can contact the Abu Dhabi Government Contact Centre on 800555 for medicines approved by the Health Authority – Abu Dhabi (HAAD) or visit the website www.haad.ae.
Residents in Dubai can call the municipality’s hotline number 800900 to verify the registration status of consumer health products. The civic body recently announced the launch of a new smart service called ‘Montaji’ for registration of consumer products.