The Health Sciences Authority (HSA) has warned the public against taking an illegal sex enhancement product after it was found to contain a potent, undeclared chemical ingredient that may cause “serious adverse effects”, including headaches, dizziness, high blood pressure, chest pain and muscle aches.
Called AMACE for him, the product was sold in Singapore by Acupoint located at Balestier Plaza and claims to “arouse the sexual nerves”, among others. It was sold as a health supplement containing only natural ingredients, including lingzhi, ginseng, cordyceps and wolfberry, said the HSA.
However, it contains a compound called N-cyclopentyl nortadalfil, which is similar to prescription medicine Tadalafil, which is used in the treatment of male impotence.
The HSA cautioned that Tadalafil and comparable drugs “should not be used by patients with certain medical conditions, including heart problems, or patients who are taking heart medications such as nitrates as fatalities have been reported”.
The company has since stopped all sales of the product and has been instructed by the HSA to recall the product.
While the HSA has yet to hear of any adverse reactions associated with the consumption of AMACE for him, the authority noted that people taking the product may not link the adverse effect they experience with the product, or tell their doctors they are taking this product.
The HSA said it “will take strong enforcement actions against individuals who engage in the sale and supply of health products containing undeclared potent medicinal ingredients”.
Anyone found to contravene the Poisons Act could be fined up to S$10,000 and/or jailed up to two years.
Members of the public who have any information on the sale of AMACE for him or other illegal products are advised to contact HSA’s Enforcement Branch at 6866-3485 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.