Vigrx Side Effects

By Christa Titus

  • Overview

    VigRX is a daily herbal supplement that is supposed to promote male enhancement by increasing penis size, stamina and libido, and by treating impotence. The product, which is not approved by the Food and Drug Administration, carries the potential for serious side effects, even though it consists of such natural products as Asian red ginseng and epimedium leaf extract.
  • Potential Side Effects

    Side effects that may be experienced from taking VigRX include tiredness, dizziness, vertigo and headaches; decreased appetite, nausea and vomiting; dry mouth and excessive thirst; decreased sex drive and impotence; diarrhea, constipation and gas; insomnia; nosebleeds; sweating; and breast discomfort. Accelerated heart rate, seizures and easy bruising are also possible.
  • Considerations

    It is possible to overdose on VigRX. Some symptoms of overdosage are signs of impaired blood clotting (like nosebleeds and blood in your stool) or hemorrhagic stroke (such as numbness in the limbs and weakness), muscle spasms and seizures, heart palpitations and rapid heartbeat, low blood sugar, blood pressure problems, manic behavior and respiratory arrest.

  • Problems With Dosage

    Because the Food and Drug Administration doesn't regulate herbs, vitamin supplements don't receive clinical trials like FDA-approved drugs do. This means that the product's suggested dosage might be too much for one person but not strong enough for another. There have also been reports of male-enhancement supplements being purposely contaminated with prescription drugs that relieve erectile dysfunction, which poses a danger for men who aren't suited to take Viagra or similar products.
  • Interactions With Other Medications

    There is also a risk of side effects when prescription medications interact with VigRX. One adverse reaction is that the enzymes in the liver can't metabolize other medications properly because of the ginko biloba in VigRX, which can turn a prescribed dose of medicine into something toxic. Some drugs that carry this risk are Elavil, Codeine, Prozac and Zyprexa. Excessive bleeding can also become a risk if you take VigRX with such blood-thinning drugs as aspirin and warfarin.
  • Pregnancy

    VigRX isn't formulated for women and isn't considered safe for those who are pregnant. Some of the ingredients that can cause birth defects include horny goat weed, ginseng and saw palmetto, and ginko biloba may cause contractions, hormone problems or increased risk of bleeding. In light of these risks, VigRX shouldn't be considered safe for women who are breast-feeding, either.
  • Heightened Risk for Side Effects

    Everyone is susceptible to side effects from VigRX, but certain medical conditions can increase your chances of health risks. Talk with your doctor before taking VigRX if you suffer from schizophrenia, an autoimmune disease such as rheumatoid arthritis, heart or blood pressure problems or diabetes, Also talk with your doctor if you are an organ-donor recipient, are about to have surgery or have allergies.
  • Prevention/Solution

    Always consult with your health care provider before taking any kind of supplement. Disclose any other medications, vitamins and supplements you are taking; if you smoke, drink or use drugs; and if you're expecting, planning on getting pregnant or breast-feeding.
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