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NBA star collapses at brothel, now questions being asked about herbal supplements

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As former NBA star fights for his life, questions are being asked about the over-the-counter sexual performance drugs he took before being found unconscious at a Nevada brothel. A spokesperson for the brothel where Lamar Odom was found said he bought Reload and Libimax Plus brand pills from its shop. According to the Nye County Sheriff’s Office, Odom took up to 10 pills in three days.

CBS Los Angeles reports Libimax Plus advertises the pill provides "7 days of powerful performance, a larger and harder erection, everlasting stamina and sex drive, and satisfaction for men and women."

While most of us are familiar with Viagra, a prescription medication approved by the FDA to help combat erectile dysfunction. Herbal alternatives are not as well known.

Unlike Viagra, herbal Viagra and other over-the-counter performance enhancers do not have federal oversight. They can be bought online, or without a doctor’s OK. Because they are not regulated, the FDA warns they can contain hidden ingredients. Including ingredients that could harm the user, especially if they were to interact with other medications.

In fact, Libimax, one of the pills Odom is suspected of taking, was recalled in 2009. The FDA found it contained an ingredient found in the erectile dysfunction drug Cialis, but the ingredient wasn’t listed.

The FDA also found that Reload contains an ingredient found in Viagra, but does not disclose it.

A government study recently found that injuries due to dietary supplements cause more than 20,000 trips to the ER every year.

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