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Maca

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Jan 3, 2022.

What are other common names?

  • Ayak Chichira
  • Ayuk Willku
  • Ginseng Andin
  • Ginseng Péruvien
  • Lepidium Meyenii
  • Lepidium Peruvianum
  • Maca Maca
  • Maca Péruvien
  • Maino
  • Maka
  • Peruvian Ginseng
  • Peruvian Maca

What is this product used for?

Maca may help improve sexual desire and erectile dysfunction in men. It may also help with the quality of sperm.

What are the precautions when taking this product?

  • Always check with your doctor before you use a natural product. Some products may not mix well with drugs or other natural products.

  • Do not use this product if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant soon. Use birth control you can trust while taking this product.

  • Do not use this product if you are breastfeeding.

  • Peru Maca products have been found to illegally contain the drug sildenafil. This is the drug in Viagra. Do not use Peru Maca.

  • Take extra care and check with your doctor if you have:

    • Thyroid problems

    • Hormone-sensitive conditions like breast cancer or fibroids

When do I need to call the doctor?

  • Signs of a very bad reaction. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat. Go to the ER right away.

  • Signs of low blood pressure like feeling dizzy, weak, or tired; fainting; more thirst; or skin that is pale, cool, and clammy.

  • Painful erection lasting longer than 4 hours in duration.

Where can I learn more?

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

https://www.fda.gov/drugs/medication-health-fraud/public-notification-peru-maca-contains-hidden-drug-ingredient

Last Reviewed Date

2022-04-08

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