The family of the man said that after taking Stiff Nights, the man’s blood pressure dropped and he lost consciousness, went into cardiac arrest and died. The lawsuit says the supplement maker is negligent and failed to warn the public about the potentially deadly side effects of those ingredients. The label of the supplement said it was 100 percent natural and 100 percent safe, yet the supplement contained the same active ingredient that is in Viagra.
Sildenafil requires a prescription and carries health and safety risks, including hypotension, heart attack, and death. Use of sildenafil must be monitored by a healthcare professional.
In 2015, the FDA posted a Public Notification about Stiff Nights saying the product contained a hidden ingredient. The notice warned that the ingredient sildenafil could interact with certain medications and can cause a dangerous drop in blood pressure. Men with high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, or heart disease may take medications that could interact with the supplement. The government agency said the product was identified during an examination of international mail shipments.
In 2010, Novacare recalled products, including Stiff Nights, after the FDA warned that product labels did not list the undeclared ingredient Sulfoaildenafil, which can interact with certain medications. Yet, the illicit products were still being sold.
Hundreds of Public Notifications for Tainted Sexual Enhancement products have been posted by the FDA warning consumers not to take these types of supplements because of the serious risks they may pose. All of these products have been laced with widely varying doses of prescription drugs, and quantities of controlled substances and untested pharmaceuticals.
The FDA warns that it cannot test all male sexual enhancement products that are on the market for harmful hidden ingredients and says that enforcement actions and published advisories only cover a small portion of the tainted and adulterated products sold over the counter across the country.