Virginia health officials warn of ‘V8’ male enhancement supplement after illnesses

Posted at 4:19 PM, Aug 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-22 16:20:46-04

RICHMOND, Va. — A male sexual enhancement supplement has been pulled off shelves after reports that men in the Richmond area have become ill after taking the pills, according to the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS).

The agency is warning consumers not to purchase or use V8, a dietary supplement, which is advertised for male sexual enhancement.

The Virginia Department of Health has received three reports of men in the Richmond area experiencing severe hypoglycemia (very low blood sugar) after taking V8 pills.

Officials say a preliminary laboratory analysis of V8 has identified several compounds within the pills that could result in severe hypoglycemia. Testing remains ongoing.

Symptoms of hypoglycemia include irritability, anxiety, shakiness, profuse sweating and/or a racing heartbeat.

The VDACS has removed V8 from the three businesses where the sickened people purchased the product, according to VDACS Director of Communications Elaine Lidholm. She says the agency is rapidly pulling the supplement from the shelves in metro Richmond.

Anyone experiencing severe hypoglycemia should seek immediate medical attention. You contact one of Virginia’s three Poison Control Centers at 800-222-1222 about adverse events and side effects to products.