The TGA has warned Aussie men not to purchase a supplement which purports to enhance sexual performance – but is used in dogs
The regulator has issued a statement declaring that “Semenax capsules pose a serious risk to your health and should not be taken”.
“TGA investigations have shown that a number of people in Australia may have bought the product online,” it says.
It tested the capsules and found that they contain the undisclosed substance Yohimbine, an active which is only available on prescription in Australia and which is used by veterinarians to reverse sedation in dogs.
Claims around Yohimbine include that it works as an aphrodisiac, and that it helps boost weight loss.
According to Semenax’s website, the supplement is “clinically proven to take your orgasm to new levels of awesome” and has been shown to be “clinically superior to placebo in improving ejaculate volume and the intensity of orgasm”.
Professor Rob McLachlan from the Hudson Institute of Medical Research and Andrology Australia told Fairfax Media that the claims were “manipulative, exploitative and completely unsubstantiated”.
He warned that because men often feel uncomfortable talking about their sexual health with health professionals, they may seek aid from unproven products bought online.
The TGA warns that purchase of Semenax, containing Yohimbine, online is illegal.
“Consumers are advised that Yohimbine is considered to be a prescription-only substance and prohibited import into Australia,” it says.
“Semenax capsules have not been assessed by the TGA for quality, safety or efficacy as required under Australian legislation, and the place of manufacture is not approved by the TGA.”
It has asked consumers who have bought the product online to take them to a pharmacy for safe disposal.
It also warns that it is working with the Australian Border Force to help stop future shipments of Semenax from entering the country.
The TGA reiterated its warning to consumers to be extremely careful about purchasing drugs from unknown international Internet sites, as these may contain undisclosed and potentially harmful substances, or not meet the same standards of quality, safety and efficacy as those it approves for supply in Australia.
It has created a short video on the subject here.