The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Consumer Alert: TimeOut

    It’s labeled as “100% natural” and consumers may mistakenly assume the product is harmless and poses no health risk.

    The FDA says, Not so fast, all you erectilely challenged people out there.

    TimeOut contains hydroxythiohomosildenafil, a chemical similar to sildenafil (Viagra). Like sildenafil, this chemical may interact with prescription drugs such as nitrates, including nitroglycerin, and cause dangerously low blood pressure. When blood pressure drops suddenly, the brain is deprived of an adequate blood supply which can lead to dizziness or lightheadedness.

    The bottom line?

    Consumers who have TimeOut Capsules should stop using them immediately. Sexual enhancement products that claim to work as well as prescription products are likely to expose consumers to unpredictable risks and the potential for injury or death.

    Consumers who have experienced any negative side effects from sexual enhancement products should consult a healthcare professional and safely discard the product. Consumers and healthcare professionals can report adverse events to the FDA’s MedWatch program at 800-FDA-1088 or online.

    More on this problem and the risks to people who use them can be found here.

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