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FDA warns consumers to avoid sexual enhancement pills
December 13th, 2010
10:35 AM ET

FDA warns consumers to avoid sexual enhancement pills

The Food and Drug Administration is warning men who take Man Up Now capsules to stop taking them immediately.  The supplement contains a variation of an active ingredient found in Viagra that can lower blood pressure to dangerous levels, the agency says.  It is marketed as an "herbal" and "all natural" sexual enhancement dietary supplements.

The FDA issued the warning after chemists analyzed Man Up Now and found it contains sulfoaildenafil, a chemical similar to sildenafil, the active ingredient in Viagra.  When mixed with prescription drugs, such as nitroglycerin, the FDA says, Man Up Now can cause blood pressure to drop and that can lead to dizziness or light-headedness.

By Monday morning the FDA had not received any reports of problems surrounding Man Up Now.  But if you are taking the supplement and have had any problems, the FDA suggests seeing a doctor and reporting it to the FDA.

Man Up Now is distributed by Synergy Distribution, LLC and is sold online and possibly in stores, according to the FDA.  CNN contacted Synergy Distribution for comment and so far, hasn't heard back.


soundoff (231 Responses)
  1. RadTech01

    It's going to HARD to give up my man up, how will I RISE to the challenge?

    December 13, 2010 at 14:26 | Report abuse | Reply
    • craig

      You tried too hard and butchered your joke. Good job!

      December 13, 2010 at 15:29 | Report abuse |
    • Art

      a tough house, Radtech.

      December 13, 2010 at 15:50 | Report abuse |
    • RadTech01

      Hey Craig, I don't see Lorena Bobbitt standing around, do you?

      December 13, 2010 at 16:14 | Report abuse |
    • a. nonomus

      just like they say before a briss... "looks like it won't be long now..."

      December 13, 2010 at 16:27 | Report abuse |
    • hardman

      THANKS for the HELP with your LAME joke. It needed IT.

      December 13, 2010 at 17:00 | Report abuse |
    • Joe in Colorado

      Well I will say mine has gone from 9" to just over 11". My ex-girlfriend's sister tried it for her husband and we thought what the heck. But if it's dangerous, then people shouldn't be using it.

      December 13, 2010 at 17:33 | Report abuse |
    • Jeff B.

      Yes, of course, it's funny – but, when you look at it, it's really serious. You all these substances, from manup to things to make your pee-pee larger, to energy drink. ALL of these "hint" that they are there to cure something, but, the small print says that it's not there as a cure or treatment for any sickness or "condition" – this is put there so that the FDA has no jurisdiction...remember phen-phen ? The FDA is nutless/gutless. People are dying from these "substances" which are "not to be used to diagnose or treat any illness or condition".
      MAN-UP, FDA !

      December 13, 2010 at 17:39 | Report abuse |
    • Richard

      Continue to take this Drug, make sure you have a good insurance policy for when you rise up from the grave. This drug is no way herbal, implying nonchemical and nonphysologically reacting. PS: FDA does not benefit from sale of Viagra.

      December 13, 2010 at 17:50 | Report abuse |
    • spikette

      oh, man up already. lol. nt

      December 13, 2010 at 18:12 | Report abuse |
    • Debbie

      We would have gotten it without the caps for emphasis. 🙂

      December 13, 2010 at 18:51 | Report abuse |
    • Linz

      wow thats hilarious

      December 13, 2010 at 21:42 | Report abuse |
    • janet

      your ego needs a 4 hr erection not your woman

      December 13, 2010 at 23:26 | Report abuse |
    • CJ Topspin

      I used this stuff and I swear I could hang a 45 lb plate from my...unit. Never again. Granted...she was satisfied...but walking around with a tent for hours is not fun.

      December 14, 2010 at 00:44 | Report abuse |
    • limp

      What a limp attempt at driving your point home......

      December 14, 2010 at 06:42 | Report abuse |
    • Joe Blow

      Made in China I bet

      December 14, 2010 at 08:06 | Report abuse |
  2. Dan

    So, what this is saying is that it contains a chemical that is similar to a currently approved prescription drug. No one has complained about problems, yet the analysis was done. I'm guessing it was Pfiser, Viagra's maker, that pushed this one through. How dare there be an "herbal" equivalent to a $10 per pill drug!

    December 13, 2010 at 14:27 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Laure

      The issue might be that Viagra would have the side effects and risks listed so the person is aware prior to taking the drug. I'm willing to bet Man Up doesn't have any side effects/risks on the label. So anyone who takes it probably thinks it's safe because it's "herbal" and "natural" until they get a serious interaction with one of their regular meds.

      December 13, 2010 at 14:51 | Report abuse |
    • DenverGrl

      It's probably also a bit about a doctor monitoring the drugs you're taking so that there are no fatal drug interactions. Of course, I'm sure that the makers of Viagra didn't have anything to do with the FDA looking at this OTC drug that is similar to theirs though. (sarcasm) LOL

      December 13, 2010 at 14:52 | Report abuse |
    • JRR

      It is a CYA move. When Viagra first came out, there were people dropping over dead occasionally. I worked with guy years ago who died from a heart attack while taking Viagra (never proven to be directly a cause AFAIK). The point is, they know there are adverse affects with Viagra, Cialis, etc. and they are being proactive.

      December 13, 2010 at 15:00 | Report abuse |
    • Doc Justice

      JRR – you are exactly right. FDA is scared of Viagra loosing money so they have to put a stop to a natural supplement that actually works and does NOT kill people!!! Our government/FDA are stupid!!!

      December 13, 2010 at 15:23 | Report abuse |
    • Brosing

      Awesome, a pill that works better than Lisinopril for blood pressure and works that same as Viagra. And they want to ban it, I want to stock up on it?

      December 13, 2010 at 16:23 | Report abuse |
    • JasonB

      You can't purchase Viagra over the counter, nor should you be able to. Just because something is "herbal" or "natural" doesn't mean it is safe to use. Aspirin is a simple, natural compound, but if you take too much you will die.

      December 13, 2010 at 16:49 | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      It is more of a matter of safety. The "natural" and herbal stuff do a poor job at quantifying the actually amount of the active ingredient in there. They may say how much of the herb is in there, but the problem is that active components vary tremendously between each source.

      It isn't some huge conspiracy by Pfizer. Sildenafil is a generic now, so one really doesn't make as much money as they'd like off of it usually. It is because it is one of the most basic drug interactions they teach people in medical school.

      It can KILL people. Many people with erectile dysfunction are the same people with angina and other heart conditions requiring nitrates. Nitrates are used for CHF and angina. They aren't seen as a real hypertension medication.

      All these people blame big pharm for trying to take naturals off the shelf but it usually isn't that true. They love plants. Most of their successful medications are dervied from plants and altered to be made SAFER. They go through years of research and testing before put on the market. The quality and control of the herbal supplement market is complete crap compared to what hoops they have to jump through.

      December 13, 2010 at 17:15 | Report abuse |
    • Prometheus

      Well, I am sure that if when you were chopping Habanero peppers you got from the grocer and wiped your eyes, or 'touched yourself' intimately or changed your baby's diaper while the residue was on your fingers it would cause severe distress...but there are no WARNING LABELS on Habanero peppers.

      It's up to us as upright-walking large-brained mammals to exercise intelligence, common sense and personal responsibility in our lives.

      December 13, 2010 at 17:16 | Report abuse |
    • Jeff B.

      Laure is 100% correct.
      ALSO, remember that viagra is a prescription drug – NOT so with these other substances.

      December 13, 2010 at 17:41 | Report abuse |
    • Owen

      I agree with Dan. This sounds like exactly the same side effect as Viagra, so where's the real news here? Companies push these kinds of press releases through all the time. Much cheaper than advertising, and CNN plays the stooge. Probably a few of the commenters are employed by Pfizer.

      December 14, 2010 at 07:16 | Report abuse |
    • truesoy

      ...and without a$50.00 doctors visit.

      December 18, 2010 at 12:54 | Report abuse |
    • Leo

      here in oregon it's $20 a pill

      December 20, 2010 at 14:00 | Report abuse |
  3. Stupid.

    If you have complications just take Man Down.

    December 13, 2010 at 14:27 | Report abuse | Reply
    • 123

      LOL

      December 13, 2010 at 14:58 | Report abuse |
    • lee fithian

      Down boy!

      December 13, 2010 at 15:21 | Report abuse |
    • VeeZee

      Or Man Overboard!

      December 13, 2010 at 16:17 | Report abuse |
    • AkAnc

      Oh, Man...

      December 13, 2010 at 16:34 | Report abuse |
    • Ha

      That is funny! LOL

      December 13, 2010 at 16:35 | Report abuse |
    • Agent_C

      Is that what you take for "Erections Lasting 4 Hours or More..."?

      December 13, 2010 at 16:52 | Report abuse |
    • giggity75

      That was good. Thanks for the laugh.

      December 13, 2010 at 17:07 | Report abuse |
    • Austin3759

      Reminds me of the "Puppy Uppers" and "Doggie Downers" skit on SNL many years ago.

      December 13, 2010 at 17:57 | Report abuse |
    • B

      FUNNY!!!!

      December 13, 2010 at 18:35 | Report abuse |
    • stevie

      WOW! Give me an erection that last for 4 hours and see what happens! 4 HOURS! My whole neighborhood would be happy!

      December 13, 2010 at 18:47 | Report abuse |
  4. Ricky

    The FDA should ban the extense pills and their terrible infomercials.

    December 13, 2010 at 14:29 | Report abuse | Reply
    • D in AZ

      Yeah bu those chicks are HOT!

      December 13, 2010 at 15:43 | Report abuse |
    • D in AZ

      Yeah but those chicks are HOT!

      December 13, 2010 at 15:44 | Report abuse |
    • Steve - Dallas

      yeah, and the guys, too.

      December 13, 2010 at 16:48 | Report abuse |
    • KELLY

      I totally agree with Steve, the guys are hot. I"d like to try manup before they pull it from the market. I miss ephedra! 😦

      December 13, 2010 at 17:55 | Report abuse |
    • maddawg

      HUGE LMAO @ kelly.....

      what a very typical brain-dead lemming....

      the FDA says 'stop taking this immediately as it has chemicals that can cause you problems'.

      so, of course, brain-dead lemming kelly says 'gee...i better try this before it is unavailable..'

      just goes to prove..... that at least 99.999% of the humans on this planet are iTarded lemmings that can't think for themselves and will stare blankly into on coming traffic while wondering 'gee...why are those bright, pretty lights getting bigger and closer?'

      you've earned the 'lemming of the day award'! yea for you huh! ....... you are an idiot that deserves all the bad coming to you!

      December 14, 2010 at 07:02 | Report abuse |
  5. Mfred

    For those who use this suppliment, this is very BIG news

    December 13, 2010 at 14:33 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Doc Justice

      Why? Why is this BIG news Mfred?

      December 13, 2010 at 15:23 | Report abuse |
    • Mfred

      Well Doc, it just is.....

      December 13, 2010 at 23:03 | Report abuse |
  6. Sarducar

    Hurry lest get few boxes..

    December 13, 2010 at 14:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. GuitarHarry

    Anyone dumb enough to think a pill will make a man better in bed deserves what they get.

    December 13, 2010 at 14:35 | Report abuse | Reply
    • MikinAZ

      not arguing harry – just a libra here. Following your logic tho, anyone who eats at McDonalds deserves to be fat, anyone who drives a car deserves the accident they get into and the injuries that come with it and anyone who enlists in the armed forces deserves a death by ied...is that really what you meant to imply here? Have we lost all caring for the plight of our fellow amercian regardless of how silly the reason may for it to have come about?

      December 13, 2010 at 15:00 | Report abuse |
    • MizzGivens

      It's not about being better in bed, it's about being able to have the part function as it is intended to. If it doesn't, penetration is impossible.

      December 13, 2010 at 15:14 | Report abuse |
    • truesoy

      apparently they do....that's why they go for more.

      December 18, 2010 at 12:58 | Report abuse |
  8. BriGuy

    Ya seriously stop taking it... You must only buy your drugs from Big Pharma, who in turn pays generously for our campaigns because we bend the law for their oligopoly.

    December 13, 2010 at 14:35 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Todd

      I'd agree with you if Man Up provides the user with a list of contraindications and drug interaction warnings. If the company says that the pill should not be used bythose with heart ailmants, blood pressure issues, or should not cause an unending erection for more than 4 hours, then if they charge less for their pills, I'd say go for it.

      If they dont give you any warnings and just say there is no risk, well, caveat emporer. (serious misspelling, but oh well)

      December 13, 2010 at 15:00 | Report abuse |
    • aldo

      How about the drug that interacts with the herbal supplement has to put on it that you should be careful when taking this drug if you are taking XYZ herbs along with it. Seems to me the drug should carry the warning not the herbal.

      December 13, 2010 at 15:24 | Report abuse |
    • MedStudent

      so buy unregulated supplements that make just as much money as big pharm companies do (this is a fact) but instead of them being tested and forced to actually provide empirical data supporting their claims they can say it does whatever they want willy nilly until proven otherwise

      you must be a damn genius

      December 13, 2010 at 15:33 | Report abuse |
    • MedStudent

      aldo, do you not realize if an herbal supplement actually works, that means it is altering your chemistry, which means it is a drug

      this is how statins were developed. statins were supplements that actually worked, they were at first considered herbal until the negative side effects of those supplements were altered and decreased, and the positive effects enhanced, and then people call it a big evil drug

      herbs are drugs with no regulation, that's all.

      December 13, 2010 at 15:34 | Report abuse |
  9. Jay Kay

    Sharon Angel should man up!

    December 13, 2010 at 14:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Litmus

    My wife wants to know where she can get "Man Away".

    December 13, 2010 at 14:40 | Report abuse | Reply
    • MedStudent

      just tell her to stop using deodorant/toothpaste for a few weeks, that could do the trick

      December 13, 2010 at 15:32 | Report abuse |
    • aAZ

      My wife simply eats kielbasa. Ancient European remedy!

      December 13, 2010 at 16:34 | Report abuse |
    • HotDog

      Just tell her don't wash it for couple weeks! Gross out!

      December 14, 2010 at 02:20 | Report abuse |
  11. Paul in Florida

    Dan, where do you get Viagra for $10? It's at least $21 per here in Florida.

    December 13, 2010 at 14:44 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ladrikius

      walmart has a sign at their pharmacy window (in Georgia) advertising Cialis (any strength) for $9 a pill. Check it out..

      December 13, 2010 at 16:09 | Report abuse |
    • aAZ

      $9 for a year's supply. I'm in.

      December 13, 2010 at 16:29 | Report abuse |
    • OS2toMAC

      @aAZ: If 1 $9 pill lasts a year, you are really going past the "seek medical attention for an erection lasting more than 4 hrs".

      December 13, 2010 at 17:16 | Report abuse |
    • mike

      Sorry you pay so much I pay 5.00 for 30 pills Ive found that it can make a difference on the way the doc. prescribes it. Try speaking with your ins. company even if they say its not covered there are ways for them to work with you good luck

      December 16, 2010 at 09:02 | Report abuse |
  12. smklein53

    Need a follow up tracking sales following this article revealing whether it helped or hurt, warnings heeded or ignored.

    December 13, 2010 at 14:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. BlaqMajik

    so if you have high BP is this really a bad thing. You can lower your BP and get a BJ. LOL

    December 13, 2010 at 14:45 | Report abuse | Reply
    • blue

      Too much BP and you'll wind up spraying sludge all over the Gulf.

      December 13, 2010 at 15:57 | Report abuse |
    • True

      Low blood pressure is just as dangerous as high blood pressure. The norm would be normal blood pressure, anything else is deadly! If your blood pressure is too low...you're dead! You'll look like the moonscape...with a flag pole sticking up!

      December 14, 2010 at 00:25 | Report abuse |
  14. Ummmmm

    I like how this article espouses the dangers of taking this product but is not above affiliate links to buy said product, in the actual article. What???

    December 13, 2010 at 14:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Rearview

    The FDA has been loving the kickbacks for a LONG LONG TIME.

    December 13, 2010 at 14:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. DenverGrl

    Curious – It says it works for 48 hours. Does anyone know if that means that the guy is manned up (lol) for that entire time? That can't possibly be comfortable. I can just see it now: Hi Don how are you... OMG what is that in your pants!!?

    December 13, 2010 at 14:56 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Todd

      If a penis stays hard for longer than 4 hours at once, there is a serious danger of it "strangling" itself. Blood can get in, but not out, so there is not enough oxygen to maintain it. You don't want to know the consequences of this.

      December 13, 2010 at 15:02 | Report abuse |
    • Skin

      Nothing...just glad to see you..

      December 13, 2010 at 15:22 | Report abuse |
    • MedStudent

      if that happened...well do you really want to know the consequences?

      I'll give you a hint: amputation and tissue necrosis.

      December 13, 2010 at 15:31 | Report abuse |
    • carolyn

      Years ago I read a Dean Koontz / Robin Cook or some science fiction novel ( I forget the name )about this guy inventing something similar to modern day male enhancement drugs. The the main character was so obbessed with making this stuff that he used himself as a guinnea pig. Throughout the book he maintained a huge phallus and diddled (couldn't think of a better word) quite a few women and men. The drug became so effective that he couldn't make his erection ever go away; at all ( you get my drift) At some point this guy had to be hooked up to a machine to keep his private parts from overloading his entire system. He still couldn't stop diddling folk. Eventually he croaked and so did most of the men in the world who took this stuff. I remember the book in spurts; but somewhere there really was a moral point to the story.

      December 13, 2010 at 15:40 | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      There is another possibility that the woman can't complain about the time since penis would last for hours.....

      December 13, 2010 at 15:50 | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Well if it does proceed to strangle itself just give it a little CPR you know mouth to mouth

      December 13, 2010 at 22:01 | Report abuse |
    • True

      You don't want to hug your Mom with a woody...do you?

      December 14, 2010 at 00:27 | Report abuse |
  17. Katie

    Men....and their penises.......

    December 13, 2010 at 14:58 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Terry

      Which you find "hard to master".

      December 13, 2010 at 15:05 | Report abuse |
    • Birddog

      Penis envy?

      December 13, 2010 at 15:17 | Report abuse |
    • Skin

      ...And the women that love us.

      December 13, 2010 at 15:23 | Report abuse |
    • Tj

      We were so poor, if I hadn't been born a boy, I'd have had nothing to play with growing up...

      December 13, 2010 at 16:25 | Report abuse |
    • Knucklehead61

      Yes? Go on, please....

      December 13, 2010 at 17:08 | Report abuse |
    • HotDog

      and women put on their best makeup for.

      December 14, 2010 at 02:23 | Report abuse |
  18. robert

    FDA doing its best: serving the pharmaceuticals agenda.

    December 13, 2010 at 15:00 | Report abuse | Reply
    • evil

      Don't do DRUGS!... do OUR drugs

      December 13, 2010 at 15:06 | Report abuse |
    • Doc Justice

      You both are exactly right. Don't do drugs; however, DO the drugs that FDA says to do. Still a drug – we have a drug problem where I am and it is not weed or crack – it is PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – people paying $30 a pill for a PRESCRIPTION DRUG on the street! I think we need to shut BIG PHARM and the FDA down!!!!

      December 13, 2010 at 15:27 | Report abuse |
    • Ladrikius

      Doc Justice....shutting down BIG PHARMA is fine until your child develops a life-threatening condition treatable by one of their proprietary drugs.

      December 13, 2010 at 16:13 | Report abuse |
    • John

      Ladrikius- Big Pharma doesn't cure life-threatening illnesses. Don't you know that by now? The drugs they sell only treat symptoms and the majority of them don't have long-lasting efficacy. If you need a cure for a life-threatening condition, call 911 and go to the emergency room.

      December 13, 2010 at 17:20 | Report abuse |
  19. Loud Noises

    The FDA says this is dangerous. That may be the case. However the FDA approves drugs all the time that have been proven to cause diabetes, and cancer, and even death. The only reason the FDA is freaking out over this supplement, is because they can't profit on it themselves.

    December 13, 2010 at 15:03 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Doc Justice

      You are 100% correct! Our FDA and goverment and Big Pharma SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      December 13, 2010 at 15:28 | Report abuse |
    • carolyn

      I've seen the infomercials where a bunch of old coots looking to reclaim old glory are driving the market. Why blame the FDA or big pharma. Maybe they should play more golf.

      December 13, 2010 at 16:04 | Report abuse |
  20. Terry

    It seems that Pfizer got to the FDA Panel.

    December 13, 2010 at 15:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. Darth Cheney

    If your woman expects you to be hard for 48 straight hours, my guess us she is probably not going to be faithful...

    December 13, 2010 at 15:08 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Knucklehead61

      ....and disappointed

      December 13, 2010 at 17:10 | Report abuse |
    • Evil

      ...if your wife needs you hard for 48 hours its because she NEVER reached her climax when you did, she's just trying to get her rocks off too

      December 13, 2010 at 18:36 | Report abuse |
  22. publius enigma

    The way companies sell these drugs they are like pushers.

    December 13, 2010 at 15:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. Rob

    Anything that works the FDA wants to take it off the market so drug companies can make more profit. Next they will want to get rid of mini-skirts.

    December 13, 2010 at 15:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. charles s

    Lots of things lower and raise blood pressure. Table salt (sodium chloride) raises blood pressure; not taking it lowers it. Did the FDA propose banning table salt? Maybe the FDA will require a Black Box Warning on any food that has added salt. Do you beleive that will happen? High blood pressure is one the most common killers because it leads heart attacks and strokes. It is good to know that the FDA is being so bold now.

    December 13, 2010 at 15:22 | Report abuse | Reply
    • MedStudent

      sodium can't cause a hypertensive emergency

      this supplement + certain other medications can cause a hypotensive emergency.

      get an education or learn to read/think critically before commenting

      December 13, 2010 at 15:29 | Report abuse |
    • delmar knudson

      A lot of things can cause small or gradual increases or decreases in blood pressure. But, if a drug changes your blood pressure suddenly from 120/80 to 220/160 or to 20/0 you will have a problem. Some drugs can result in marked hypotension as you suddenly sit up or stand up (postural hypotension).

      December 13, 2010 at 15:37 | Report abuse |
    • Fiona

      I am amused and slightly shocked at how little you understand about how Viagra (and its knock-offs) works, and how your "little man" works, and why Viagra props him up. Look it up. Anyone who takes heart medication is told to avoid Viagra because using it can KILL them. When you get a prescription for Viagra, it comes with information on drug interactions. This "natural male enhancement" product carries no such warnings.

      December 13, 2010 at 15:38 | Report abuse |
    • delmar knudson

      Perhaps I should have been more specific; a sudden severe rise in blood pressure may cause a stroke and/or death. A sudden dramatic decrease in blood pressure often will cause the patient to faint and fall to the ground. If the pressure doesn't rise again promptly, of course this could cause brain damage or even death. Of course, if one is driving a car, motorcycle, or airplane, when a sudden dramatic increase or decrease in blood pressure occurs, the person may crash the vehicle.

      December 13, 2010 at 15:45 | Report abuse |
    • mane

      @Medstudent. For patients with end stage kidney disease and malignant hypertension, increased sodium intake may cause hypertensive emergencies. Medications that cause dilation in blood vessels may interact with the supplement and cause a problem. Same applies to other medications.

      December 13, 2010 at 19:23 | Report abuse |
  25. John

    I wonder how much "Man up Now" makers, Synergy Dist. paid CNN to put up that huge banner ad on top of this f@%#ing page.
    It's basically telling the customer, it'll give you a slight dizzy spell. The FDA hasn't had any reports, just that it "MIGHT" have unwanted temporary side effects.
    Who do I need to talk to in CNN to get my product up in a report...
    What the F@#%k is happening to CNN?

    December 13, 2010 at 15:26 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jeff

      They're going the way of the dodo...

      December 13, 2010 at 15:35 | Report abuse |
  26. John

    The only thing missing is a "BUY NOW" button...

    December 13, 2010 at 15:26 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. Fiona

    I think any man dumb enough to take this deserves the risk.

    Really, do we need these guys?

    December 13, 2010 at 15:27 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Knucklehead61

      We're only doing it for you....

      December 13, 2010 at 17:11 | Report abuse |
  28. MedStudent

    this is why "herbal" and "natural supplement" products need to be regulated like pharmaceuticals.

    Herbal/supplement products get a free pass basically, and it's innocent till proven guilty, meaning unless people die or get horribly sick from their supplements, they don't need to show any proof that they work or support their claimed benefits with any sort of evidence like prescription drugs do.

    Most herbal "supplements" are therefore bogus and have no actual benefit, however since there are so many thousands of these "natural remedies" around it's impossible to just randomly test them all.

    Most people don't realize that just because it is from a plant doesn't mean it doesn't work just like a drug. if it alters your body chemistry in any way it is a drug. For it to have benefits it needs to alter body chemistry or it simply doesn't do anything. This logical fact should have led to herbal supplements/remedies being treated like pharmaceuticals in the first place but somehow they got away with having the ability to have the benefit of the doubt given to their claimed benefits, and they don't need to go through any hurdles of providing actual empirical data to support that.

    December 13, 2010 at 15:28 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Citizen0TW

      I thought all medicines/drugs that alter our body are derived from a sort of plant. Even the synthetic ones use some sort of natural plant chemical as a blueprint. The answer to the cure to all of our diseases are held in plants.

      December 13, 2010 at 17:55 | Report abuse |
    • DaveD

      Many drugs are derived from plants, but not all of them. Not by a long shot. An example is penicillin.

      December 13, 2010 at 22:36 | Report abuse |
    • ACinRC

      Dave: Penicillin is derived from a fungus. A flora. Yes, a plant.

      December 14, 2010 at 00:28 | Report abuse |
  29. ChimChim

    So....there's been no complaints or deaths, but the FDA feels the need to step in anyway? LOL. As a smoker, I know where the FDA's priorities are.

    December 13, 2010 at 15:32 | Report abuse | Reply
    • mike

      So you know where there stand is but not yours??So if the person takes MAN UP and falls and no one hears it does anyone give a F-–. or just give a exscuse to much coffe and why does it need to be a drug if it alters your body . Cant be poisoning your self

      December 16, 2010 at 09:21 | Report abuse |
  30. Colleen

    I believe sarah has stock in that company....she is always pushing "Man Up"

    December 13, 2010 at 15:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. Joe in Colorado

    Why do people take these supplements to begin with.

    December 13, 2010 at 15:35 | Report abuse | Reply
    • ACinRC

      Vanity, pure and simple.

      December 14, 2010 at 00:29 | Report abuse |
  32. gowitheverything

    Guile should man up...for AMERICA!

    December 13, 2010 at 15:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. Jeremy in NY

    Maybe I need to get a hotter wife

    December 13, 2010 at 15:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. Lizzy B Gone

    I've had great results with man up. It really does work and without the head ache that Viagra gives you. It was introduced to me by a buddy a few months ago. When taken with l-arginine (supplement from GNC), it works great. Much harder erections, stays hard longer, bigger ejaculate, and ready to go again in a few minutes. Seriously, no bull.

    It works by relaxing the blood vessels which in turn allows more blood to enter your penis. Lower blood pressure is a side effect so if you're taking medication for blood pressure, you should take to your doctor first.

    It's sounds pricy at $3 per pill but thats a whole lot cheaper than Viagra. I would at all be surprised if the makers of Viaga are behind the FDA investigation.

    December 13, 2010 at 15:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. blue

    It's time for John Boehner to rise up and tackle the hard issue of unregulated herbal supplements.

    December 13, 2010 at 15:56 | Report abuse | Reply
    • DaveD

      Cute, but his name is actually pronounced BAY-ner.

      December 13, 2010 at 22:38 | Report abuse |
    • Boehnerriffic

      If it looks like a Boehner, walks like a Boehner, talks like a Boehner, its a bo-ner...

      December 17, 2010 at 18:04 | Report abuse |
  36. Fog

    Any one willing to risk death for a longer lasting erection should be immediately removed from the gene pool.
    FDA, please – for the sake of humanity, stay out of it.

    December 13, 2010 at 15:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. Hard on, High blood pressure off

    I need some of this, I can get a raging hard on and finally control my high blood pressure. That sounds like a winner to me!

    December 13, 2010 at 16:00 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. VeeZee

    I read the article and looked down to the Responses and saw this:
    (69 Responses)
    I LOLed!

    December 13, 2010 at 16:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. Philly Guy

    Funny how I read some of the women's sly comments about men and their penis, and how we are supposedly obsessed over them by taking something like viagra or man-up. However, you women would feel very self-conscious and or insulted if your husband/man was always flacid with you during an intimate time, and then want to him to get help!

    Besides, if that's all that's wrong with some men is E.D., I think the cost of a pill is a drop in the bucket compared to how much many of you women obsess yourselves over breast implants. And you happily pay for it, along with other things.

    December 13, 2010 at 16:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. leo

    yeah and if the erection lasts more than 4 hours, go to the Er..Ask for the head nurse.

    December 13, 2010 at 16:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. ArtInChicago

    I thought Miller Lite is suppose to get you to man up?

    December 13, 2010 at 16:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. dave_in_altmar

    I bet the company behind Man Up is doing cartwheels right now – as they did out from a sure avalanche of new orders. Niiiice!

    December 13, 2010 at 16:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. DP in PS

    Wow!! A four hour erection? I'd kill for that. Damn, I'd take two of these for even a 40 min erection....I can even remember a time when a 4 minute erection was all I needed. But I think they put that warning in there to get you to buy it. What man wouldn't want an upto 4 hour erection?

    And here's some advice. If it gets to be too much, you can use the herbal, Man Down, better known by its street name as marijuana, grass, weed.....

    December 13, 2010 at 16:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. Dude

    It should be a warning to men who have heart conditions and who take nitroglycerin. Any normal guys who are not takeing nitro should be able to use this with no known problems.

    December 13, 2010 at 16:53 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Albus

      This is corret from my understanding of the product.

      December 13, 2010 at 18:42 | Report abuse |
  45. Marty

    Fact: The 4 hour erection warning is a resut of some poor guy whose blood coagulated in his penis, requiring amputation.
    Three hours is good enough fop me, I guess 😦

    December 13, 2010 at 16:59 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Albus

      It does not require amputation unless about 5 or more hours have past. It would require q painful needle and draining of the blood in the penis. Not fun but your alright in a couple days.

      December 13, 2010 at 18:40 | Report abuse |
  46. Steve

    Four hour erection warning should be directed towards woman.......................

    December 13, 2010 at 17:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. Reggie

    So, will the FDA recommend people stop taking Viagra too? Or are they completely in Pfizer's pocket?

    December 13, 2010 at 17:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. Steve

    The problem with herbal remedies is that SOME OF THEM WORK! If they work, then they have a drug in them (unless you believe in magic!). In medicine, we only like to give medications when we know what they are and what they interract with. So in this case, the herbal company was caught putting an active drug in their product. Herbal diabetes preparations were also found to have an active drug in them. Do not assume that herbal remedies are either safe or effective. They are unregulated. There is a reason we regulate drugs. Many who post here are just too cynical. And those who joke about erectile dysfunction should know that this is a medical condition with big effects on people's lives.

    December 13, 2010 at 17:12 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. man_of_the_night

    The FDA is totally in the pocket of big pharma - I know, I worked as a researcher for Pfizer and quit several years ago when it became apparent that the quarterly stock price was far more important than patient safety or ethics.

    December 13, 2010 at 17:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. frankie

    Now they need to ban Jimmy Johnson from "going long".

    December 13, 2010 at 17:22 | Report abuse | Reply
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