As of March 16, 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration advises consumers not to purchase or use Black Ant, a male sexual enhancement product sold online, due to health risks, states the FDA. On April 5, 2012, the FDA advised against purchasing African Black Ant, reports the agency.
Claims that Black Ant is a natural sexual enhancer with no known side effects are false. Sildenafil is the active ingredient in Viagra, approved by the FDA for prescriptions to treat erectile dysfunction. Black Ant contains triple the amount of sildenafil that is in Viagra, explains the FDA. African Black Ant contains sildenafil and tadalafil, notes the FDA.
Sildenafil and tadalafil interact with nitrates in prescription drugs including nitroglycerin. Such interactions can cause a dangerous blood pressure drop in men taking nitrates for diabetes, heart disease or other conditions. Consumers need to throw away Black Ant products, advises the FDA.