FDA Warns Men: 'Dangerous' Rhino Sexual Enhancement Products Cause Prolonged Erections and Chest Pain

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned against the use of Rhino products, due to a spike in people suffering health problems including chest pains and prolonged erections. 

The agency said in a statement on Tuesday that it had noted a rise in reported health issues associated with so-called male enhancement products sold under variations of the name “Rhino.”

Products, which are generally sold in single servings, carry titles such as "Platinum Rhino 25000," "Krazzy Rhino 25000" and "Gold Rhino 25000."

The FDA has monitored such products since 2007, and identified over 25 that contain ingredients not listed on the packaging. Some are similar to ingredients found in erectile dysfunction prescription drugs allowed by the FDA, such as sildenafil and or tadalafil, which are sold as Viagra and Cialis, respectively. 

Rhino-FDA An example of a Rhino product the FDA has warned against using. FDA FDA-rhino The FDA has warned Rhino products can lead to prolonged erections and chest pains. FDA

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And unlisted ingredients like phosphodiesterase type-5 (PDE-5) inhibitors could interact with nitrates in prescription drugs for conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and heart disease. This could lead to dangerously low blood pressure levels.

Gas stations and convenience stores are known to stock the products, according to the FDA. They are also available online, and have recently been found in mail shipments sent across the U.S.

“The FDA has received reports of people experiencing chest pain, severe headaches and prolonged erections after taking a Rhino product that led to surgical intervention and hospitalization due to extreme drops in blood pressure,” the agency said in a statement.

Donald D. Ashley, director of the Office of Compliance in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said in a statement: “Over the past few years, the FDA has been combating the retail sale of male enhancement drug products that are frequently misrepresented as dietary supplements and that contain hidden and potentially harmful active drug ingredients.

“Distributing unapproved drugs, disguised as supplements, places the U.S. public health at risk,” said “We remain vigilant in our efforts to protect the American public from the sale of these potentially dangerous products.”

More generally, the FDA urged the public to be wary of products it has not approved and yet claim to boost sexual health, aid weight loss or bodybuilding, or provide pain relief.

“Consumers should also be on alert for products that offer immediate or quick results and that sound too good to be true,” the statement said. Before taking a supplement, consult your health care practitioner, and report any reactions, the agency said.

Earlier this year, the FDA warned against eating foods using liquid nitrogen: an extremely cold substance that is used to create a smokey effect in food and drink in restaurants. 

The chemical is nontoxic, however, it can trigger breathing issues, particularly in those who have asthma or similar chest conditions. If consumed, it can seriously damage the internal organs and the skin. 

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