* Three ill after taking erection pill
* Pills can cause coma, brain damage, death
* Contains deer antler, donkey kidney
THREE people are in hospital after taking a potentially fatal Chinese erection pill.
The Northern Territory News reports the patients, two men and a woman, were all admitted to Royal Darwin Hospital in the past two months after taking Nangen Zengzhangsu, a Chinese medication which claimed to enhance sexual function.
The Health Department has re-issued a warning that these pills could cause a diabetic coma, permanent brain injury or death.
At least one of the patients is believed to have been in a serious condition after ingesting the pills.
The medication – also known as Nangen – is believed to have been brought in from Asia or sourced from the internet. One UK website sells the drug for $10 a pill.
It is marketed on websites as 100 per cent herbal, but contains ingredients such as donkey kidney and deer antler. It is also claimed to be a natural alternative to Viagra with no side effects.
But the pills could also contain Glibenclamide, a prescription medication used to treat diabetes.
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