On Wednesday, the pharmaceutical company AvKare issued a recall for two different medications after it was discovered that the pills were accidentally mixed up while being bottled.
The mix up was no joke either, the company had accidentally switched erectile dysfunction medication with an anti-depressant.
Both drugs are the generic versions, according to a new report from the FDA. The drugs being recalled are sildenafil, which is used to treat erectile dysfunction, and trazodone, which is an antidepressant and sedative.
This really is no laughing matter, taking these medications if they are not prescribed to you could be dangerous, so if you have either of these pills in your medicine cabinet, you should make sure that you have the correct product.
Sildenafil may be dangerous for some patients because it can lower blood pressure and have adverse reactions with other medications. People who take nitrates for conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease, should be especially careful about Sildenafil.
Sildenafil is the active ingredient in the brand-name drug Viagra.
On the other hand, it can also be dangerous to take an antidepressant like trazodone when you are trying to get in the mood for an intimate evening, as users of Viagra tend to do.
Side effects of the drug include sedation, dizziness, constipation, and blurred vision according to the FDA.
If your medication includes the following details, please contact your doctor immediately.
Sildenafil Tablets, USPLot: 36884
Expiration date: 03/2022
NDC Number: 42291-748-01
Trazodone Tablets, USP
Expiration date: 06/2022
NDC Number: 42291-834-10
The company responsible for the recall is AvKare, a pharmaceutical corporation based in Tennessee, which has a number of contracts with the U.S. government, including the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
However, the mistake actually was not made by the company. The mix-up happened at an unnamed third-party bottling company.
AvKare is asking anyone with questions about the recall to call 1-855-361-3993 from Monday to Friday (9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET). Patients can also call AvKare’s customer service number at 1-855-361-3993 or email [email protected] to figure out how they should return the product.