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Undisclosed, Dangerous Ingredients Found in Sexual Performance Enhancer

Dietary supplements are sold over-the-counter, without a prescriptionA dietary supplement called MasXtreme which has been marketed as a sexual performance enhancer, has been found to contain undisclosed, dangerous ingredients.  The FDA has discovered that it contains an undeclared amount of a drug similar to Viagra, called sildenafil, as well as an alpha-adrenergic blocker phentolamine.

As a result of these undisclosed ingredients, the FDA has said this product could be dangerous because sildenafil may interact with nitrates found in some prescription drugs (such as nitroglycerin) and may lower blood pressure to dangerous levels.  Also, common adverse effects of phentolamine include arrhythmia (abnormal heart rhythm) and tachycardia (rapid heart beat), can occur.

After this discovery, the manufacturer Natural Wellness Inc., has initiated a voluntary recall.

MasXtreme is sold in blister packs containing one (1) capsule. Consumers who have purchased MasXtreme capsules are urged to immediately discontinue their use and discuss any health concerns about its use with a healthcare professional.

More Information about Dietary Supplements: “It Must Be Safe If It’s on the Store Shelf, Right?”

Source: FDA, March 30, 2010; The FDA has urged consumers to report any adverse events experienced after using the supplement to its MedWatch program online [at], by phone 1-800-332-1088, or by returning the postage-paid FDA form 3500 [which may be downloaded from the MedWatch "Download Forms" page] by mail [to address on the pre-addressed form] or fax [1-800-FDA-0178].

Avodart (dutasteride) May Prevent Prostate Cancer

Prostate gland as it wraps around urethraAvodart (dutasteride) may both prevent prostate cancer and improve the predictive power of the blood test, PSA, according to researchers from the Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.  In their recent study of men with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), the medication was associated with a 40% lower incidence of prostate cancer diagnosis than the BPH drug tamsulosin (Flomax) in at-risk men.   

Several other trials have also found similar results.  The American Society of Clinical Oncology and American Urological Association recommends that healthy older men discuss this with their doctors.

About Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)

Source: “Prostate CA Prevention Affirmed for BPH Drug”, MedPage Today, March 07, 2010

Gomella LG, et al “Effect of dutasteride on the detection of prostate cancer in men with benign prostatic hyperplasia in the combination of dutasteride and tamsulosin (CombAT) trial” ASCO GU 2010; Abstract 28.

Low testosterone levels common in young men with type 2 Diabetes

Finger stick test for blood sugarMen aged 18 to 35 with type 2 Diabetes tend to have low testosterone levels, according to Paresh Dandona, M.D., Ph.D. and colleagues, of the State University of New York at Buffalo.  Dr. Dandona had previously found an association of lower testosterone levels in middle-age men with type 2 diabetes, as well.

Low testosterone levels have been thought to be the cause of erectile dysfunction, diminished libido, Infertility, decreased bone mass, loss of skeletal muscle, weight gain, and worsened insulin resistance. 

Diabetes was known in ancient times and remains today a world-wide and increasing health problem, yet nearly one-third of the people who have the disease are unaware that they have it.  If you haven’t been tested for Diabetes, now is a good time.

via Chandel A, et al “Testosterone concentrations in young patients with diabetes mellitus” Diabetes Care 2008; DOI: 10.2337/dc08-0851.

via “Young Men With Type 2 Diabetes Have Low Testosterone” MedPage Today, Sept 5, 2008

Factors in early childhood linked with snoring in adulthood

In a recent study of more than 15,000 adults in northern Europe, early childhood factors that appear to be Child asleeplinked to snoring in adulthood include any one of the following: 

  • newborn exposure to a dog in the home
  • hospitalization for a respiratory infection before age two, 
  • recurrent otitis as a child, or
  • large family size

Adult snoring is common, especially among men, and snoring may increase with age. Snoring occurs when air flows past relaxed tissues in your throat, causing the tissues to vibrate as you breathe, creating the snoring sounds.

Adult conditions such as obesity, asthma, chronic bronchitis, or smoking cause an increased susceptibility for adult snoring. Having throat swelling, such as enlarged tonsils, or nasal problems, such as a deviated septum, can cause snoring.  Sleep apnea, a serious sleep disorder,  can also result in snoring. Drinking alcohol or taking sleeping pills at bedtime overly relaxes the muscles in the throat which can contribute to snoring.

Here are some tips to help you stop snoring:

  • Lose weight if you are overweight
  • Cut down or eliminate alcohol and other sedatives close to bedtime
  • Avoid sleeping flat on your back
  • Ask your doctor about sleep apnea or any other correctable causes of snoring
  • Parents should ask pediatricians, if their child snores.  It can be a sign of a serious problem that needs to be corrected.

via Franklin K, et al “Early life environment and snoring in adulthood” Respir Res 2008; 9: 63.
via MedPage Today, August 22, 2008