ROSEAU, Dominica CMC – Health authorities Tuesday, warned Dominicans to refrain from using a sexual enhancement drug being sold on various websites because it may result in heart failure.
The Ministry of Health said that the US-based Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had also issued a statement of the drug, “Weekend Warrior”. It said consumers should not buy the drug.
“FDA laboratory analysis confirmed that Weekend Warrior contains thiosildenafil, a substance structurally similar to the active ingredient in the FDA approved prescription drug Viagra, used to treat erectile dysfunction (ED),” the Ministry of Health said in a statement.
“This undeclared ingredient may interact with nitrates found in some prescription drugs such as nitroglycerin and may lower blood pressure to dangerous levels,” the statement said, adding that possible negative side effects of Weekend Warrior may include dizziness, fainting and even heart attack or stroke.
It warned that men with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or heart disease are to be on the lookout since they often take nitrates.
“The Ministry of Health is therefore advising the general public to take the necessary measures and stop using this product immediately, and throw it away.
“Persons who have experienced any negative side effects should consult their health care provider or the nearest Health Centre as soon as possible,” the Ministry of Health added.