Rhino Pill Side Effects Linked to Hospitalizations and Injuries, FDA Warns

  • Written by: Martha Garcia

Federal drug regulators warn that side effects of Rhino male enhancement pills have been linked to reports of serious injury and hospitalization, indicating that a number of different products marketed as sexual aids should not be used. 

In a press release issued on November 27, the FDA indicates that Rhino pills should not be purchased or used, citing a number of complaints involving severe headaches, chest pain, and prolonged erections that may lead to the need for surgery and hospitalization.

The products in question are sold under names like Platinum Rhino 25000 and Krazzy Rhino 25000, with marketing claims on the packaging that promise “stamina,” “size,” and “time” for men seeking sexual enhancement. They are often taken as an alternative to Viagra, or for an extra boost before a working out.

The FDA has determined that Rhino products contain sildenafil or tadalafil, which are active ingredients in Viagra and Cialis; prescription drugs for erectile dysfunction. However, Rhino products are sold as dietary supplements and do not mention that they contain the drugs. Therefore, the FDA considers Rhino pills misbranded and adulterated, since they have never been approved as a safe and effective drug.

The two drugs found in Rhino pills fall under a class of medications known as phosphodiesterase type-5 (PDE-5) inhibitors, which can cause individuals to experience severe drops in blood pressure and are linked to significant safety issues and the risk of serious adverse events.

These ingredients may also interact with nitrates found in some other prescription drugs, causing blood pressure to drop to dangerously low levels. They can also interact with medications for diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or heart disease.

The ingredients in the products are often promoted by the manufacturer as a sexual enhancement product, a product for weight loss or bodybuilding, or sometimes as pain relief products.

Since 2007, the FDA identified 25 products marketed as variations of Rhino products that contain hidden, or undeclared ingredients. They are the same, or significantly similar, to drugs which should be given only through a prescription by a medical professional, not sold over-the-counter.

The products are commonly sold at gas stations, conveniences stores, and are available online through Amazon and eBay. They are marketed as dietary supplements, so consumers are unaware of the serious consequences when taken.

The FDA has posted dozens of public warnings indicating recall announcements for the fraudulent products. However, the FDA cannot test and identify every product which is sold on the market and may contain undisclosed ingredients.

“We remain vigilant in our efforts to protect the American public from the sale of these potentially dangerous products,” said Donald D. Ashley, director of the Office of Compliance in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.

The agency recommends consumers search the FDA’s Tainted Products database to identify any harmful ingredients in a questionable product. If the ingredient is not listed, consumers should still be cautious about taking certain products, especially products marketed for sexual enhancement, weight loss, body building or pain relief.

Anyone who experiences a side effect after taking a Rhino product should report it to the FDA’s MedWatch adverse event reporting program.

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  1. Marquis Reply

    I’ve been in bed for 4 days after taking one with the worst headache and body aches

  2. Aaron Reply

    I am experiencing the same things as stated above. Massive headache and body aches severely. It’s been almost 48 hours since I’ve taken this

  3. Jeff Reply

    I had serious medical complications from this. I developed vertical diplopia, intracranial hypertension, and optic nerve swelling. I had to have surgery. I now suffer from panic attacks and have to take daily medication.

  4. Barry Reply

    I took one rhino pill last night and I have been so sick… I wish I could throw up and get it out of me… Couldn’t sleep and I have cold sweats and shaking inside and heart is pounding and I feel like I’m about to die or have a heart attack.. I am never taking one of those again

  5. AARON Reply

    Its now been 11 days since I took this. It was a nightmare, I went to the ER and my regular Dr’s. I had fever, body aches, massive lower back pain, one of my eyes got blood shot, headaches to the point my head wanted to explode, high blood pressure to the point where I thought I was going to have a heart attack . All these symptoms occurred for longer than a week and will never take this crazy stuff again.

    I will say though that before these symptoms kicked in, the pill worked. My girl friend noticed it as well. I was a lot harder and bigger and felt myself morphing into a rhino. Just because the pill worked though, the symptoms that occurred did not make it worth it

  6. bee Reply

    please share what the treatments are at the hospital!!

  7. Dead Reply

    I took one pill and after 5 hours I experienced massive headaches that would not subside with otc medication. I also experienced extreme muscle stiffness from the neck down to shoulders. Same area I experienced extreme body aches from neck down to my legs. Diarrhea and chest pains. BEWARE Do not take this product.

  8. AARON Reply

    The hospital didn’t give me anything but a IV of fluids and some medicine to help easy the head pressure and pain. You literally have to tough it out and kinda and just manage. The pain meds did help me but temporary, I did take baths with Epsom salt and tried to find other natural remedies

  9. Ted Reply

    How long before the symptoms subside? took one at 9pm and couldn’t sleep and called in sick.

  10. kerry Reply

    I also took this pill, within a couple of hours my head was pounding and this is the third day after taking Rhino69 and im still in excrutiating pain with muscle pain from my lower back down. The pain is so bad its like its in my bones. My vision feels all fucked up. I really fee ok like i just want to cut my legs off, everything. Where there’s muscle it hurts my back my legs my groin my butt, my bones ache. Im never taking this pill or any other like it!

  11. Larry Reply

    I took one last night .. the woman and I recently had a baby and was gonna have some bed time fun .. so I popped one of these damn things .. and pretty sure I didn’t think I’d be alive today to talk about it .. I felt like my heart was gonna blow up .. my woman was scared all night watching over me I puked many times it was just awful..

  12. Preston Reply

    I too decided to take one of these pills about a week ago with my girlfriend for Valentine’s day. Sorry to say it’s been the week from hell. I’ve been bed ridden for five days now with the most excruciating pain in my lower back and legs. No matter what position I sit or lay down in I cannot get comfortable. The splitting headache finally wore off but I’ve been to the emergency room with no help already just nursing these pain killers down everyday praying that the pain will finally stop. Can anyone please tell me how long it takes to finally get back to normal again?!

  13. Renee Reply

    Does anyone know what my boyfriend can take can take so that the rhino pills aren’t so potent ours is there anything that can decrease the potency of the rhino pill

  14. Alex Reply

    I took this pill 3 days ago i have the biggest headache stomach acid is in my throat every now and then my lower back groin and legs are in pain i cant get comfortable at all i am at the mercy of this horrible pill plz how long does the side effects last

  15. Alex Reply

    I took this pill 3 days ago i have the biggest headache stomach acid is in my throat every now and then my lower back groin and legs are in pain i cant get comfortable at all i am at the mercy of this horrible pill plz how long does the side effects last

  16. Casey Reply

    I took the pill and after 2 hours my body started shaking and hasnt stopped for hours and im dizzy when i stand up and i didnt even get an erection either

  17. Bjorn Reply

    Been in need 4 days with worst indigestion feels like my insides are on fire I’ve had a headache that’s killing MeTV light alone is to much bout to go to emergency room

  18. Jae Reply

    I took on last Saturday. I’m experiencing lower body and back aches, chills no fever, back ache. Diarrhea from time to time. I probably will have to let it pass through my system. But never again!!!

  19. Troy Reply

    I took a pill last night and it did the trick I had an erection but the pain in my lower back is excruciating, I’ve been shivering in controllably feels like I’m have foaming or something in my mouth heavy breathing in short breaths . This shit is dangerous and should be taken off the market . I started to drink cranberry juice and that seams to slowly be working also it feels like I have acid reflux in my throat and I’m very gassy . I had to tell my boss I’m going to be late if I’m able to go in to work at all . I really hope this ends soon !

  20. Jeff Reply

    After I took this pill I…
    Got very nauseous
    Broke out in cold sweats
    Developed tachycardia
    Have acid reflux
    Have tremors and shakes
    Testicles felt shriveled up ( and I have big balls)
    Have crazy hiccups
    Got the opposite of erection…I developed a vagina
    Swear never to take this shit ever again

  21. Jay Reply

    I took rhino 69 it’s like I ate acid trails and everything idk what the ffuck is going on

  22. Ronald Reply

    After I stopped taking this product my penis is bent my eyes are screwed up the light still gets me my eyes will never be the same I wear sunglasses all the time never had to before back aches really bad everyone likes to have fun for a long time sometimes to impress someone but this product does a lot of permanent damage

  23. Rob Reply

    I also tried this product, took one pill last Sunday! Still feeling the side affects today, 5 days after. Stiffness in my bones, 5 day headache! I took over the counter Tylenol to help ease the pain!
    Yes also blurred vision and my eyes are very sensitive to light now also
    Day 5 I am starting to feel a little more normal, not worth the erection it did help with.
    I am hoping also, that I am back to normal soon!

  24. Rickey Reply

    I took the rhino 69 pill 3 days ago Ive had extreme heart burn along with gas and diarrhea and to make things worst a never ending stomach ache. This has been a terriable 3 days I almost went to the hospital yesterday I thought I was having a heart attack!! I just want to warn people stay away from rhino it could be fatal..

  25. Dan Reply

    I’ve taken it for awhile a now it’s like the tube in my penis hurts bad out the blue

  26. Jared Reply

    I took this pull 5 days ago, ive been hard nonstop I can bust a nut ill still be hard, my back hurts my body aches a constant headache, acid reflex, the pain gets so bad i wannna die….stay the hell away from this pill pros dont out wight the cons, as I write this my legs thys and feet ache bad my my eyes hurt….when will thus end 🙁

  27. Samuel Reply

    same as above took one rhino platinum 10000 headach that will not quite, joint pain and muscle pain all through my body, chills on and off, acid reflux that will not go away, took it sunday night, and this is tuesday morning.

  28. Albert Reply

    Man o man took the pill last night shit was kool and felt like a champ, but right after im shivering with chills curled up like a little bitch, nuts are so fucken sore, heart burn gas all fucked up , need some drugs ro shake this shit, DONT FUCK WITH THIS PILL ANY RHINO PILLS…

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