Illegal sexual enhancement drugs can be fatal.

As a man ages, health problems become more common. Sometimes the problem might be something you never would have expected, like erectile dysfunction. If afflicted with this condition, you might feel embarrassed and be reluctant to consult a doctor. Instead, you might turn to the Internet or street peddlers for products touted to greatly improve your sexual health.

Products obtained from sources online, back-alley dealers or makeshift stalls sellers are usually of dubious origins. Their authenticity, contents, efficacy, safety and quality cannot be vouched for. Dangers abound when using these illegal products, and you are risking your life and health for that moment of pleasure.

In Singapore, medicines to treat erectile dysfunction are prescription-only medicines as they contain potent chemicals and might not be suitable for anyone.

Make the correct choice, see your doctor and do not buy illegal sexual enhancement drugs from dubious sources. It could save your life.

Case Study 1

In March 2008, a non-diabetic 54 year old Chinese male was admitted to a hospital A&E where his blood sugar levels were found to be extremely low at 0.6mmol/L and containing glibenclamide, a diabetic drug. His family produced some tablets he took which were identified to be the illegal sexual enhancement drug, Power 1 Walnut. He passed away a few weeks later due to complications arising from low blood sugar levels in the brain, otherwise known as neuroglycopenia.

Case Study 2

In July 2009, a 29 year old Malay male was admitted to hospital with giddiness, chest pain, palpitation and excessive sweating. He suffered from these symptoms after taking a sexual enhancement drug bought from the street. He was diagnosed with high blood pressure caused by the illegal drug, "强劲威哥王" (Qiang Jin Wei Ge Wang) which was tested positive for sildenafil.

Case Study 3

In April 2008, a non-diabetic 49 year old Chinese male was admitted to hospital unconscious and exhibiting fits and stroke-like symptoms. He had to be treated in the Intensive Care Unit and it was reported that he had been consuming a counterfeit version of erectile dysfunction drug Cialis. Glibenclamide was detected in both the patient’s blood and urine and he passed away 2 weeks later due to infection in the blood stream, anaemia and a drop in immunity.

Case Study 4

A non-diabetic 73 year old Chinese male was found unconscious by his family members in May 2008 and sent to hospital. He was found to have a low blood sugar level of 1.7mmol/L as well as high blood pressure. His family found the sexual enhancement drug "中华牛鞭" (Zhong Hua Niu Bian) in his drawer, and reported that he had been making calls to obtain illegal pills. Glibenclamide was detected in his blood, and he suffered from a stroke which left him paralysed on one side of his body.