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The FDA recently issued a warning dissuading customers from using Rhino male sexual enhancement products, which are unregulated supplements typically found for sale at gas stations and convenience stores. This warning comes after the discovery that many Rhino supplements contain unlisted ingredients that could cause dangerous interactions with prescription drugs. This is particularly alarming knowing that consumers have no way of becoming aware of the hidden drugs in their over-the-counter product.

Rhino male enhancement pills, which are both unregulated and illegal, are able to be sold on the market because of the FDA’s extremely limited regulations for dietary supplements. Thus, by advertising them as dietary supplements, products like Rhino supplements are able to set up shop in stores. The easily accessible nature of Rhino products then draws in vulnerable consumers who are often unable to afford safer products, like Viagra, or who are ashamed about the nature of the supplement.

While the supplements may be effective for their intended use, they may also be causing additional harm or dangerous side effects in the consumer: “[s]ome of these drugs will increase overall blood flow and blood pressure, which is good for erections, but can also be bad for your brain, heart, or other organs.”

The FDA also disclosed that more than 25 Rhino products have been identified as containing one or more hidden ingredients, which are subsequently causing a rise in other reported health issues. Common side effects that have resulted from taking Rhino products include chest pain, severe headaches, and prolonged erections that require hospitalization and, in serious cases, surgical intervention.

Some legal action has already been taken against Rhino. Some lawsuits aim to hold distributors of the “dietary supplements” liable for the harm that results from their contaminated drugs. Other lawsuits have been filed in several states against the convenience stores that are selling Rhino products, including Arizona, California, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, and Texas.

Our law firm of Childers, Schlueter & Smith is well-versed in drug and medical device litigation and might be able to help you or a family member who is suffering due to previously unknown side effects of a dietary supplement. If you have questions, please give us a call at 1-800-641-0098. All initial inquiries are free of charge and without obligation.

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