Black ant is apparently no Spanish fly. Rather than containing a miracle insect cure, the black ant capsules allegedly have been doctored with sildenafil, a drug used to treat erectile dysfunction, according to testing by the Food and Drug Administration. The manufacturer, American Lifestyle, is voluntarily recalling the capsules, which go for $19 for a box of four. (You guys realize that Viagra is covered by most prescription drug plans, right?) The product is distributed worldwide by online sales and retail and is promoted as increasing desire and sexual performance. (The company is also recalling its Vicerex capsules, which contain undeclared tadalafil, another ED drug.)
According to the American Lifestyle website (which is still hawking the pills, in disgusting detail), Black Ant capsules contain "Polyrhachis vicina roger (Black Ant), Formica Sanguinea, Ginseng (root) Hippocampi, Medlar, Proprietary Blend of Essential Amino Acids and Trace Minerals." The company claims that "for centuries Chinese herbalists have known that the Black Mountain Ant has an unparalleled ability to enhance sexual potency" and that "Black Ant activates cell regeneration to encourage the physical development of the penis." It goes on to claim that the product "has NO harmful side effects and its regular usage can improve overall health."
However, according to the FDA, the capsules with their undeclared prescription drug ingredient pose a risk to those taking nitrates for diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or heart disease.
American Lifestyle is notifying its customers by telephone and email (hopefully not leaving voicemail messages) and is arranging for the return of all recalled products. Consumers who have purchased the capsules are urged to immediately discontinue their use and return the product to their place of purchase or directly to American Lifestyle, 640 Kreag Road, Pittsford, NY 14534.
If you have questions, call American Lifestyle at (585) 586-1878 Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. EST for a lively conversation.
Why do we keep hearing Cartman in our heads saying "Ants in the pants!"?
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