On Tuesday, the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) warned people against using three natural sexual enhancement products because they were tainted with prescription drugs and other “potent medicinal ingredients.”
The products include Berry Jaga Chewable Candy, Kopi Jantan Ali Macca, and Kopi Panggung AL-Ambiak Natural Herbs Coffee. The Kopi products were sold at a coffee shop along Bedok North Street 3.
Kopi Panggung AL-Ambiak Natural Herbs Coffee was marketed as a “performance-enhancing coffee,” which was also sold online.
The Singaporean health agency found that the products were sold at Shaik Abdul Kader Al-Jailani Makan Place coffee shop in Bedok North, Singapore.
The health agency conducted tests on these products and found that Kopi Jantan Ali Macca contained a prescription erectile dysfunction drug called sildenafil and Kopi Panggung AL-Ambiak Natural Herbs Coffee contained desmethyl carbodenafil.
Berry Jaga Chewable Candy was found to contain larger doses of tadalafil, another prescription erectile dysfunction drug. The candy was marketed as a male sexual enhancement product on Berry Jaga Marketing’s website and other e-commerce platforms.
The HSA said, “Such potent medicinal ingredients can seriously harm people’s health.”
Erectile dysfunction drugs, such as sildenafil and tadalafil, could increase the risk of severe hypotension (low blood pressure) if taken along with certain drugs, such as nitrates and alpha-blockers. So, it is imperative to use ED drugs under the supervision of a doctor.
“This is usually a tell-tale sign that the product may contain potent medicinal ingredients,” said HSA.
If used inappropriately, sildenafil and tadalafil could even cause a heart attack, a stroke, or priapism (a painful and prolonged erection).
On the other hand, desmethyl carbodenafil is somewhat similar to sildenafil, which may cause similar side effects or “even more toxic ones.” HAS added.
HSA has asked Shaik Abdul Kader Al-Jailani Makan Place and Berry Jaga Marketing to stop the sales of the said products and take down the products from e-commerce platforms.
The health agency has asked consumers to stop using the products immediately and seek medical attention if they feel sick after using them.
HSA said, “All sellers and suppliers must stop selling these products immediately. It is illegal to sell and supply such products which contain potent medicinal ingredients.” If found guilty of selling or supplying the products, one could face up to two years in prison and/or fine of S$10,000.