FDA Warns Against Male Enhancement Pills Disguised As Supplements


Since 2007, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has continuously warned against purchasing unregulated Rhino male enhancement pills marketed as dietary supplements.

In a November 2018 news by CNN.com, the FDA issued a health warning against buying or using Rhino male enhancement pills.[1]

According to health officials, they received numerous reports of men experiencing severe headaches, chest pain, fatal drops in blood pressure, and prolonged erections, some of which required hospitalization and surgical intervention.

The FDA stated they identified over 25 male enhancement products marketed with variations of the name Rhino that contain undeclared ingredients similar to prescription drugs for treating erectile dysfunction. Some of these Rhino variants include names like Platinum Rhino 25000, Krazzy Rhino 25000, and Gold Rhino 25000.

How did the hospitalized men get Rhino male enhancement pills?

IFL Science reports that Rhino products are commonly sold in gas stations, convenience stores, and online sellers.[2] The report also stated the Department of Justice prosecuted a South Korean national who smuggled raw materials and manufactured Rhino pills in the United States.

According to CBS News, Rhino pills contained active ingredients sildenafil and/or tadalafil, ingredients that are also found in prescription drugs Viagra and Cialis.[3] These can interact with nitrates found in other drugs, lowering blood pressure down to dangerous levels. The agency especially warned men with high cholesterol, heart disease, and diabetes–those who often take prescription drugs with nitrates.

FDA Warning Against Rhino Male Enhancement Pills
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Despite attempts to remove Rhino products, the FDA notes it’s still being shipped across the the country. Moreover, it is still available online. Though Ebay regularly cleans the site to remove such products, a recent search shows users can still find Rhino-branded male enhancement pills on the site. On the other hand, recent search results show some Rhino seller pages on Amazon have been taken down.

To date, the FDA is not able to test if all dietary supplements may have harmful and undisclosed ingredients. Health officials urge men to take extra caution in buying male enhancement supplements. Before deciding to take any male enhancement supplement, make sure to consult your doctor and do more research on these products.

Have you encountered unregulated male enhancement pills like Rhino in the market? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.


[1] Thomas, Naomi. “FDA warns against using Rhino male enhancement products.” Edition.CNN.com. 27 November 2018. Web. 28 December 2018. Retrieved from https://edition.cnn.com/2018/11/27/health/rhino-supplement-fda-warning/index.html

[2] Kovner, Aliyah. “Taking Corner Store-Peddled “Rhino” Male Enhancement Pills Could Send You To The Emergency Room, Warns FDA.” IFLScience.com. 28 November 2018. Web. 28 December 2018. Retrieved from https://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/taking-corner-storepeddled-rhino-male-enhancement-pills-could-send-you-to-the-emergency-room-warns-fda/

[3] Gibson, Kate. “FDA warns consumers against using “Rhino” male enhancement products.” CBSNews.com. 27 November 2018. Web. 28 December 2018. Retrieved from https://www.cbsnews.com/news/fda-warns-consumers-against-using-rhino-male-enhancement-products/

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