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Health Officials Warn of Hypoglycemia from V8 ‘Male Enhancement’ Pills

Virginia’s Department of Health warns that a male enhancement supplement has caused serious health problems in nearly a dozen men who tried it. Many of these products are sold in places like convenience stores and flea markets.

So-called male enhancement supplements are widely available both online and over-the-counter in convenience stores, but taking them can be hazardous to your health.

A product called V8 is just the latest in a long line of such supplements that have proven to be a health threat. The Virginia Department of Health in September 2019 reported that it was actively investigating reports of severe hypoglycemia in nearly a dozen men who’d taken the dietary supplement.

What’s Hypoglycemia?

Hypoglycemia is a condition characterized by abnormally low blood glucose levels. Glucose is the body’s primary energy source, so early signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia include anxiety, fatigue, irregular heart rhythm, shakiness, pale skin, sweating, irritability, and a tingling sensation around the mouth.

If not treated promptly, hypoglycemia’s symptoms can worsen, progressing to abnormal behavior, confusion, visual disturbances, seizures, and loss of consciousness, according to MayoClinic.org.

‘All-Natural Herbal Enhancer’

V8 is advertised as an “all-natural herbal enhancer for men,” claiming that the supplement can increase penis size, reinvigorate the male libido, and increase the body’s production of testosterone, the primary male sex hormone.

For some of those unlucky enough to have tried the product in Virginia, V8 caused symptoms severe enough to require hospitalization. According to an article posted at WTVR.com, the state’s Department of Health had received 11 reports of hypoglycemia-related illness tied to the use of V8 as of mid-September.

The WTVR report also indicated that preliminary laboratory analysis of V8 had detected the presence of compounds that could potentially lead to severe bouts of hypoglycemia.

Oversight Is Challenging

The rapid proliferation of male enhancement supplements makes it virtually impossible for state or national health agencies to stay on top of all such products. The Food and Drug Administration periodically issues alerts about specific products that have been found to be tainted or otherwise unsuitable for human consumption.

In a recent statement about the dangers of male enhancement products, the FDA warned that such products, “frequently represented as dietary supplements, contain hidden active ingredients that could be harmful.” These products are often “laced with varying quantities of approved prescription drug ingredients, controlled substances, and untested and unstudied pharmaceutically active ingredients,” according to the drug regulatory agency.

Use FDA-Approved Drugs Instead

For men who are suffering from erectile dysfunction, FDA-approved drugs such as Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra are the best bet for overcoming symptoms of impotence. These prescription-only medications are sold at brick-and-mortar pharmacies and also at online prescription drug services such as eDrugstore.com.

Based in Tempe, Arizona, eDrugstore has been in business since the late 1990s and offers a full range of ED medications, including both brand-name and generic products. If you have a prescription from your doctor, you can fax it or scan and email it along with your order. If not, eDrugstore will set up a complimentary online consultation with a licensed U.S. physician who can authorize a prescription if appropriate. To learn more, visit eDrugstore’s Erectile Dysfunction page.

Don Amerman has spent more than three decades in the business of writing and editing. During the last 15 years, his focus has been on freelance writing. For almost all of his writing, He has done all of his own research, both online and off, including telephone and face-to-face interviews where possible. Don Amerman on Google+