True Man or Energy Max products are promoted and sold as dietary supplements in the United States.
They are promoted for sexual enhancement and as treatment for erectile dysfunction (ED; impotence).
Both products contain either sildenafil (Viagra) or vardenafil (Levitra) — prescription drugs. These drugs are not approved to be used in True Man and Energy Max. The risk is that these ingredients can interact with nitrates such as prescription nitroglycerin and cause a dangerous lowering in blood pressure.
Consumers should discontinue using these products and consult their healthcare professional about ED treatments that are safe for them.
The bottom line?
Somebody has to monitor this industry. If not the FDA, then who?
John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at www.Vicus.com, a complementary and alternative medicine website.