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 (233 Responses)
  1. 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 17:31 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. FourSecondsSeemsLikeEternity

    If you pass away, at least you'll have a smile on your face... or maybe a grimace for you married guys. 🙂

    December 13, 2010 at 17:33 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Shane

    Its amazing how Jimmy Johnson and other celebs have attached them to these products. I've seen a bunch of these "supplement" brands in the last couple weeks that have been scrutinized. Most of these products are built on big marketing claims. These male enhancement pills are just hyped up too much.

    December 13, 2010 at 17:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Johnny Wadd

    Hey, at least he'll die happy while being in the "saddle" for once! Now who's your daddy?

    December 13, 2010 at 17:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. TJ in VA

    Synergy Distribution stands to make a bundle now that the FDA is advertising their product for them.

    December 13, 2010 at 17:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. JB in Atlanta

    THis is just the FDA protecting Viagra's patent. THe facts are... "there have been no reported problems" - so they lauch a smear campaign and crush this product before it puts a big dent in the presciption drug racket. Ever wonder how drug companies can spend billions a year to advertise a product on TV repeatedly- that you can't purchase? FDA is right in there protecting the racket. In order to protect the corrupt system-gotta keep compeating products off the market.

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

      FDA doesn't want you doing drugs, they want you doing THEIR Drugs. I am amazed at all the people who still believe the Gov't is out for the people and not the almighty dollar.

      December 13, 2010 at 18:11 | Report abuse |
  7. Masa D. Luffy

    Guns don't kill people. Erections kill people.

    December 13, 2010 at 18:13 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Sally Li

      They make people too.

      December 14, 2010 at 05:20 | Report abuse |
  8. mike jones

    The only things that work are prescription medicine. this store bought crap or chat room medicine is not healthy. your better off chewing tree bark instead of this crap

    December 13, 2010 at 18:17 | Report abuse | Reply
    • comprendas

      ah the FDA wants you to believe that so you continue to put money in a pharmaceutical company's Pockets, which ends up in the FDA pocket.

      December 13, 2010 at 18:24 | Report abuse |
    • Bristoll

      Not true. Works very well.

      December 13, 2010 at 19:01 | Report abuse |
  9. Danny

    Wow, Joe in Colorado! You're huge. 11"!!!

    December 13, 2010 at 18:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. NamVet

    The old Winston cigarette commercial applies, "It's not how long you make it, it's how you make it long."

    December 13, 2010 at 18:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Jack

    So people can take this to lower their blood pressure, that's good right?

    December 13, 2010 at 18:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. teepee

    Blood pressure won't be the only thing that drops...oops

    December 13, 2010 at 18:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. teepee

    Joe, I would say, that you still need to take it. 11 inches of half hard would be kind of difficult to work with don't you think? Just like a big limp wimp...

    December 13, 2010 at 18:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. ROBERT

    Just go the pep boys and buy a can of "fix a flat"

    December 13, 2010 at 18:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. aa

    your nose is 11" joe

    December 13, 2010 at 18:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Tooshy2date

    The FDA is notorious for approving hazardous products

    December 13, 2010 at 18:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. KMan

    Like the FDA warning says, it is the complications from other medication that could cause problems. That said if a man is not on any other medication and is not obese I think they would be OK taking these pills. Really this is a losing game for the FDA, they should just make it an over the counter product. I track the FDA recalls for my work and this is probably the 10th recall this year on Viagra laced supplements. Well anyway I got mine, I ordered a bottle before they quit selling them. 😉

    December 13, 2010 at 18:57 | Report abuse | Reply
    • JEM

      The FDA is a parasite on society that costs lives as well as treasure.
      Anyone working for it is a tax feeder.

      December 13, 2010 at 22:42 | Report abuse |
  18. meemee

    The only stimulant I need is that Russian doctor who keeps telling me what she and women like her want. But she ought to make a house call once in a while.

    December 13, 2010 at 19:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. Bristoll

    This product works very well... It's no wonder the FDA/Pfizer wants to ban it.

    No incidents nor complaints, but you should stop taking it immediately.

    You know what, FDA/Pfizer, ..|.. you.

    December 13, 2010 at 19:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. ajay

    The FDA says it's dangerous when mixed with nitro. That's the same warning given with Viagra. So what's the big deal? If you're on nitro, it's probably best to take it easy, anyway. Just don't take it with nitro, duh. I'm guessing Pfizer called whatever Senator they paid for and he called the FDA...duh again.

    December 13, 2010 at 19:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. BigD

    Great product and it works better than Viagra. This article is also great advertsement for MAN-UP !

    December 13, 2010 at 20:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. tom schmits

    this is just another in a long series of band-aids for our unhealthy lifestyles. big pharma is enriched by coming up with treatments for all the conditions we bring on ourselves by overeating, drinking, smoking, and being sedentary. i live clean and have no health issues, and that includes no need for male enhancement. at age 60, i man-up as well as i did when i was 18.

    December 13, 2010 at 21:09 | Report abuse | Reply
    • JEM

      There is nothing wrong with crutches for those in need of them; and the history of Viagra indicates that there are a lot of people in need.

      December 13, 2010 at 22:39 | Report abuse |
  23. been there

    C'mon man!

    December 13, 2010 at 21:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. Joseph Mortz

    The FDA works for BigPharma

    December 13, 2010 at 22:07 | Report abuse | Reply
    • JEM

      The FDA has long been accused of killing ten people by holding up life saving treatments for every person they save through regulations. The FDA costs lives and should be repealed.

      December 13, 2010 at 22:40 | Report abuse |
  25. Hans

    One can get a unique hard-on by i) watching a Jessica Simpson turn-on and ii) whacking the organ with a hammer (or meat cleaver).

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

    The FDA is just protecting Pfizer's Viagra monopoly; this is as safe as Viagra if you follow the same warnings.

    December 13, 2010 at 22:33 | Report abuse | Reply
    • JEM

      Government serves ITS interests; not YOURS.
      The STATE serves ITSELF; not YOU.
      Of course the FDA is going to assist the company who paid LOTS of campaign contributions over the years.

      December 13, 2010 at 22:37 | Report abuse |
    • to buy stock or not

      I say thank you all and check out the stock you all keep talking PLEASE read the first couple of words and look at the reaction its got NO ONE HAS HAD ANY ADVERSE EFFECT I remember something like read between the lines and this is saying MMMONEEY

      December 16, 2010 at 09:35 | Report abuse |
  27. JEM

    After a person reaches the age of 40, they should be able to buy ANYTHING they want with no restriction.
    After 40, our drug laws should no longer apply.
    Why in America do we tolerate the STATE dictating what "mature citizens with adult responsibilities" may or may not purchase and consume. This is insanity.

    This is nearly as stupid as telling me I can't purchase cold medicine because someone might make meth with it.
    Isn't our liberty worth someone being allowed to make dumb decisions and shorten their lives?

    December 13, 2010 at 22:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. Amused

    Things are going to get worse before they get better, now that the Supremes granted 1st Amendment rights to corporations. Don't like big pharma? Stop supporting them in the voting booth.

    December 13, 2010 at 22:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. Evan

    So don't take it with nitroglycerin or other drugs. I think it's foolhearty to take Viagra or other "enhancers" but I'm one to judge since I don't need artificial stimulants.

    December 13, 2010 at 23:32 | Report abuse | Reply
    • mike alcott

      I agree with you man, definitely haven't need these male enhancement pills because i don't have a hard time getting the job done. I've even seen that some diet pills have ingredients shared with these male enhancement products.

      December 16, 2010 at 07:46 | Report abuse |
  30. makes_sense_to_me

    Are these the same people that tell us that Marijuana is a Schedule I drug which causes psychosis and murder?

    Oh.... THIS is different. Got it.

    December 14, 2010 at 00:26 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. Mit

    Contains Nitroglycerin??
    Probably for the explosion at the end

    December 14, 2010 at 00:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. VegasRage

    The FDA is obeying their drug company masters again, forget the fact drug companies get to synthesize and sell the components they call dangerous in natural form. Just like their ignorant hypocrisy on Ephedra, and L-Tryptophan. They sure like us to take the equivalent drugs. For example if you read VIAGRA's contraindications can cause chest pain, nausea, damage to your liver or kidney. For men who are taking PDE5 inhibitors they can experience loss of vision and... oh yeah and VIAGRA also causes your blood pressure to drop.

    Screw you FDA!

    December 14, 2010 at 00:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. yawn

    yet another no news story.

    December 14, 2010 at 01:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. sto69

    Seek immediate help if you experience an erection lasting more than 4 hours. with this type of warning the thought of having an erection for more that 4 hours scare the hell out of me. I don't want Man Up Now without any waring.

    December 14, 2010 at 01:12 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. Mel Gibson

    I bet after this that sales go up. I'm ordering right away. Th odds are in my favor I will not get Dizzy or faint from these great pills. My orgasm will cause that far greater than these wonderful pills.

    December 14, 2010 at 01:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. millerbrittney

    Companies do give out samples. They are looking to put their products in potential consumers' hands. They wouldn't do it if it didn't work one of the place that always worked is "123 Get Samples" search online

    Have you ever heard of a place called "123 Get Samples" on the web, they give out a free samples of major brands to promote their products. I just got mine.

    December 14, 2010 at 01:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. J Michael

    I took this over-the-counter stuff and went blind. It's true I am now legally blind.

    December 14, 2010 at 01:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. k.r

    Can cause a stiff neck if stuck in troat.

    December 14, 2010 at 05:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. Jedichic

    With all the raping and child molesting going on in the world, the last thing men need is this "Man Up" drug! If anything, they need a "Man Down" drug. heh

    December 14, 2010 at 05:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. RobinHood

    Hey, great counter ad. Nothing sells a drug like telling people they can't have it anymore and that it's just as safe (they say dangerous, but whatev) as Viagra but much cheaper. The only danger in my case is to the ladies I'll be bangin'.

    December 14, 2010 at 06:26 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. OhYea!

    My junk went from 10" to 113/4" in 2 months My wife and her sister just can't get enough Thanks Man UP!!!

    December 14, 2010 at 06:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. Steve

    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. When mixed with nitroglycerin, Man Up can cause dizziness.

    Sounds like Big Pharma is telling the FDA what to do here, but we knew that all along . . .

    I'll say this, Man Up works Great ... I enjoyed the effects of a capsule tonight, and my girlfriend loves the effects, too. I don't take Nitro, and I don't have any adverse effects.

    December 14, 2010 at 06:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. Look at all the pimps

    Guys, sorry to tell you but these drugs only help with blood flow......That's the only growth you get......Your being scammed.

    December 14, 2010 at 06:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. OrionStyles

    This emergency warning is brought to you by the politicians who own shares of Pfizer.

    December 14, 2010 at 07:08 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. Garmac

    Maybe CNN can contact Sarah Palin for comments, she's obviously the spokeperson for the "Man Up" brand!

    December 14, 2010 at 07:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. solotasq

    I agree that the folks at Pfizer probably don't like the idea of anyone moving into their monopoly over the Erectile Industry, to the point of hiring an FDA goon squad, but at over $200 per 10 tab dose, they gotta realize people will look into alternatives to Viagra. For people who have hypertension, looks like this stuff could serve a double purpose.

    December 14, 2010 at 07:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. bigboy1

    Woman dont want a guy lasting 4 hours...so what are you going to do with the other 3hours & 59 minutes hahahaha

    December 14, 2010 at 08:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. rcpr

    hey it is free advertisement for Man Up Now. hands down – You can't beat that... oops – maybe you can... 😉

    i am gonna get me some of dat...

    December 14, 2010 at 08:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. solotasq

    Bet anything this is really an ad in disguise (and not a very convincing one), an experiment in reverse psychology. Why else would it include such blatant links to the product???

    December 14, 2010 at 08:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. M. Bater

    Someone mentioned earlier that a 4 hour erection could cause strangulation of the penis.
    Is this what they mean by "choking the chicken"?

    December 14, 2010 at 08:51 | Report abuse | Reply
    • mike alcott

      this erection talk is crazy. ive never seen more chatter about these products before. it seems like these penile enhancement products are popping up all over the place.

      December 14, 2010 at 23:00 | Report abuse |
    • shamgar50

      Strangulation of your wife maybe.

      December 16, 2010 at 17:38 | Report abuse |
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