“All-natural” herbal supplements have flooded the market to treat erectile dysfunction (ED) within the past decade. Bluoxyn(TM), a product new to the market, claims to be effective at increasing libido and improving sexual performance. In this article, we’ll outline the research — and the user reviews — on whether it works. [Español]
Safe and effective oral medications such as Viagra, have been well researched for their use in treating ED. Generic medications for these top-ranked drugs have also been demonstrated as safe and effective for ED treatment. The following table summarizes effectiveness, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval, and access to top-ranked ED drugs and the herbal supplement Bluoxyn.
|Medication||Does it work?||Duration||FDA Approved||Requires Prescription||Price*|
*The above trends were extracted from pricing data on brand name and generic ED drugs collected from 15 retail chain pharmacies and three online medical facilitators, including eDrugstore.com. Pricing data was collected for Viagra, Levitra, Cialis, and Stendra. Bluoxyn’s price was taken directly from Amazon.com.
What is Bluoxyn?
Bluoxyn is a sexual enhancement supplement sold online, and advertised to improve libido, stamina, and sexual performance. The product is considered an all-natural herbal supplement and is not regulated or approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Bluoxyn’s listed ingredients in the “T Booster Proprietary Blend” include:
- Horny goat weed leaf
- Tongkat Ali
- Saw Palmetto
- Wild Yam
Bluoxyn’s legal disclaimer warns, “Statements regarding dietary supplements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or health condition.”
What Have People Been Saying?
Customer reviews of Bluoxyn are remarkably divided. Current reviews reflect a 35 percent five-star rating, but a 39 percent one-star rating on Amazon. As of this writing, the product’s overall rating is three stars on Amazon.
The limited number of written reviews are largely negative. For example, only 3 five-star reviews currently include positive feedback on the product. However, more than 12 written reviews provide negative feedback on the product. This demonstrates that users of Bluoxyn have had markedly different experiences when taking this supplement.
Five-star reviews of verified purchases include:
|Awesome||It has no physical feelings to bother the body. Makes an old man feel young again.|
|Wow!||Get it! Give it 60-90 days…unreal.|
|Entrega a Tiempo||Excellent.|
One-star reviews of verified purchases include:
|Don’t Believe What You Hear||I am in the medical field and this product is BOGUS….|
Don’t waste your money…use Nitric Oxide instead
|No Results From This||Disappointed with this product.|
|Garbage||This product is total garbage it does not work. Don’t waste your money.|
|Doesn’t Work||Does not work at all don’t waste time or money|
|Pills||It didn’t work as advertised|
|Don’t Fall for It||Does not work|
|Junk||Erection made me worse better without|
Mid-level reviews include a nine percent four-star rating, six percent three-star rating, and 11 percent two-star rating. Mid-level reviews of verified purchases include:
|3||Not the Same||The first bottle was great but the second bottle was not the same effect.|
The FDA consistently warns consumers to refrain from using unregulated or unapproved ED treatments. They specifically warn against the dangers of using treatments labeled as “all-natural,” as many of these products contain unlisted ingredients. For example, a review of more than 300 products listed as “herbal” or “natural” dietary supplements contained unlisted drug ingredients, such as Viagra and other prescription medications.
Unlisted drug ingredients can interact with other ingredients within the product. They can also contain dangerous doses of pharmaceutical drugs that interact with other prescription medications. The only way for someone to be certain of the safety of the drug they are taking is to take an FDA-approved medication from a reliable retailer.
Specific supplement ingredients commonly flagged for fraudulent sexual health claims include, but are not limited to:
- Gingko bilboa
- Horny goat weed
FDA-Approved ED Medications
In contrast, oral medications, also known as phosphodiesterase type-5 (PDE5) inhibitors, work by increasing blood flow to the penis. They have been rigorously studied and demonstrated effective in approximately 70 percent of men living with ED. PDE5 inhibitors are often prescribed in conjunction with lifestyle changes (e.g. exercise) for maximum effectiveness.
The FDA has approved five brand name medications and their generic equivalents for treating ED. These drugs are available with a prescription from a medical provider. The FDA has deemed the following medications safe and effective:
- Viagra (sildenafil citrate)
- Levitra (vardenafil HCl)
- Cialis (tadalafil)
- Stendra (avanafil)
Men with chronic conditions like diabetes or high blood pressure should speak with their doctor before using oral medications for ED.
What is Most Effective?
Unlike PDE5 inhibitors, Bluoxyn has not been approved by the FDA. The effectiveness of this supplement has been both promoted and questioned by online consumers.
PDE5 inhibitors, such as Viagra and its generic sildenafil, have consistently demonstrated effectiveness in research studies. In addition, the FDA has deemed these drugs safe and approved them for consumption for most men. Men who are uncertain if PDE5 inhibitors are right for their erectile health should speak with a medical provider.
Consumers should use well-researched and transparent products for their sexual health. Any drugs taken for sexual health or erectile dysfunction should be prescribed by a medical provider.
How to Access Treatment
Accessing safe and effective prescription lifestyle medication is easier than ever, thanks to online services like eDrugstore.com. Men can schedule a telehealth appointment and choose from a variety of trusted medications, such as Viagra. Learn more about erectile dysfunction medications right here on eDrugstore.
Shelby is a public health professional with research and field experience in sexual and reproductive health. She holds a Master of Public Health (MPH) and is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES).