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Lamar Odom Used ‘Herbal Viagra’ at Nevada Brothel; What Is It? How Safe?

Lamar Odom, pictured with ex-wife Khloe Kardashian, was using an herbal Viagra before he was found unconscious at a Nevada brothel. (Photo: Getty)

Lamar Odom, pictured with ex-wife Khloe Kardashian, was using an herbal Viagra before he was found unconscious at a Nevada brothel. (Photo: Getty)

Lamar Odom was using an “herbal Viagra” heavily at the Love Ranch South in Crystal, Nevada before he was found unconscious and rush to a hospital. What is it and how safe? Not very.

The renowned Mayo Clinic warns against using any product that claims to be a “natural form of Viagra.”

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“Herbal supplements aren’t held to the same standards as prescription and over-the-counter medications — so it can be difficult to know which ones are safe or effective,” according to the clinic’s Web site.

Viagra, also known by its medical name Sildenafil, is only sold by prescription under the care of a doctor. It treats erectile dysfunction because of the drug’s ability to increase blood flow to the penis during sexual arousal.

“Herbal Viagra,” typically advertised as a cheaper alternative, is available without a prescription.

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“Some of these products do contain substances that improve blood flow by relaxing the walls of blood vessels. However, none of them focuses specifically on blood vessels in the penis,” according to the clinic.

“As a result, these so-called ‘herbal Viagra’ supplements can cause dangerously low blood pressure in some men — particularly men who take nitrate medications for heart problems.”

Odom, who played on two Los Angeles Lakers championship teams and was married to reality star Khloe Kardashian, was rushed to the hospital after being found unconscious in a brothel VIP suite. His condition is listed as critical and he is breathing with the aid of a respirator, according to the latest reports.

It’s unknown whether Odom was suffering from any heart-related medical problems, or whether he was taking any other drugs. But his condition when found suggests that he either suffered a drug overdose or cardiac arrest, according to medical references.

In March, the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned consumers not to buy or use “Herb Viagra,” shipped from overseas. An agency examination of international mail shipments found that the herbal supplement actually contained the active ingredient in Viagra.

Hidden ingredients are increasingly becoming a problem in products promoted for sexual enhancement, according to the agency.

In 2009, an “herbal Viagra” sold in many traditional Chinese medicine stores was found to contain “dangerously high” levels of prescription-only anti-obesity and erectile dysfunction drugs, according to the UK’s medicine watchdog.

It’s unknown at the moment what type of herbal Viagra Odom was taking or how he obtained it.

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