The dangerous link between Viagra and certain brands of honey

Four companies were recently challenged by the FDA for selling honey products containing tadalafil and sildenafil (the active ingredients in Cialis and Viagra) without any mention on the label. One such company was US Royal Honey LLC, which describes Enhanced Honey on its website as “an all-natural way to stimulate sexual appetite and induce desire between partners.”

The FDA found that the product was not only far from all-natural, but potentially dangerous. When tadalafil and sildenafil interact with “nitrates found in some prescription drugs”, which tend to be the types of drugs taken by people with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or heart disease, it can cause dangerously low blood pressure.

Not only did these deceptive honey products unknowingly put people at risk — which isn’t very sexy to do — but their sale actually violated federal law. The FDA has sent warning letters to US Royal Honey LLC, MKS Enterprise LLC, Shopaax.com and 1am USA Incorporated dba Pleasure Products USA. Warning letters require companies to respond within 15 working days and explain how they will remedy the situation. If they don’t respond, the FDA can take legal action or seize the contaminated products.

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