Now, your first reaction may be, “I didn’t realize that the FDA regulated such body parts.” Or perhaps you are going into hiding.
Well, in this case, Big Penis is actually the name of a product that’s classified as a dietary supplement. Take a wild guess as to what this supplement is being marketed to do.
Before you Google “what is Big Penis” and get some unpleasant surprises, the following FDA tweet shows the product’s box in the lower right-hand corner of the accompanying picture:
— FDA Drug Information (@FDA_Drug_Info) July 17, 2019
As you can see, the box has the words, “male sexual stimulant.” These words may serve as a hint about what this supplement is supposed to do. Of course, so might the words “Big Penis.” After all, you don’t tend to see such words on, say, a loaf of bread.
How exactly might this product achieve this “big” goal? The FDA performed a laboratory analysis of the product and one ingredient, ahem, stood out: sildenafil. What-a-fill? Who’d-a-fill? Landfill? Chick-fil-A? No, sildenafil.
Sildenafil is the active ingredient in Viagra, the well-known erectile dysfunction medication. Yet, according to the FDA announcement, this was an “undeclared”ingredient in the Big Penis product. What’s up with that?
Not declaring such an ingredient can be a big problem. What if someone taking a nitrate-containing drug like nitroglycerin were to unknowingly take sildenafil, which can interact with the nitrates and lead to dangerously low blood pressure? Even if you aren’t taking nitrate-containing medications, sildenafil can have a range of adverse effects. You could be allergic to the ingredient. If you have medical problems such as heart or kidney problems, you really should talk to you doctor before taking anything with sildenafil because serious complications can occur. Then, there’s the whole warning about having an erection for more than four hours.
It’s one thing to take an erectile dysfunction medication when you know that you are taking it, and better yet, if your doctor knows that you are taking it. It is totally another thing to consume such a drug unknowingly.
The aforementioned tweet also included warnings about other products surreptitiously having sildenafil such as Plant Vigra, Vigour 800 mg, Shengjingpian, and Black Storm. Interestingly, the Black Storm packaging includes the statement that it is “Easy to be a man” and that it “makes it big, long-lasting, increasing sperms.” In other words, this product is also presumably supposed to increase your sperms count.
This is not the first time that the FDA has detected erectile dysfunction medication ingredients where they shouldn’t be. For example, I wrote previously for Forbes about how the FDA had found desmethyl carbodenafil in Stiff Bull Herbal Coffee. This could have added new meaning to using coffee to wake up in the morning because desmethyl carbodenafil is quite similar to sildenafil.
Then, there were the HelloCig E-Liquids for vaping that had, hello, sildenafil along with tadalafil. As I had indicated for Forbes, the FDA had to warn about this unapproved use of these erectile dysfunction ingredients.
Additionally, another of my articles for Forbes covered a study published in JAMA Network Open that demonstrated how not hard it is to find unapproved uses of erectile dysfunction medication ingredients in dietary supplements. What makes matter worse is that most of the time these ingredients may not even be mentioned on the packaging or the labels. So if a supplement claims that it will make something big or create lots of sperms, be suspicious, be careful, and stop using such supplements and an “s” where it is not needed.