Manufacturer Recalls X-Rock Male Supplement

Manufacturer Recalls X-Rock Male SupplementThe manufacturer of an over-the-counter male sexual supplement has issued a consumer product recall after government-led tests showed some ingredients found in the supplement "pose a threat to consumers," CNN reports.

According to the news source, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration performed studies on the X-Rock male supplement and noted that it contained the drug sildenafil, which has been approved to help men with erectile dysfunction, as well as a similar substance, hydroxythiohomosildenafil.

"These undeclared active ingredients pose a threat to consumers because sildenafil and hydroxythiohomosildenafil may interact with nitrates found in some prescription drugs (such as nitroglycerin) and lower blood pressure to dangerous levels," X-Rock Industries said in a statement.

The drugs found in the supplement pose a serious threat, as erectile dysfunction is more often found in men with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and heart disease – all diseases that are more likely to be treated with nitrates. However, the company noted it "has not received any reports of adverse events related to this recall."

The company also added that hydroxythiohomosildenafil, much like sildenafil, has also been linked to a number of side effects, which include headaches and flushing. All codes of the supplement, within printed expiration dates, are included in the recall.

"Customers who have this product in their possession should stop using it immediately and contact their physician if they have experienced any problems that may be related to taking this product," the company stated.

According to the National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse, most doctors agree that erectile dysfunction can be treated with lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking, reducing alcohol consumption, losing excess weight or increasing physical activity. Drugs are used if these measures fail to treat the disease.