Stiff Nights was one of the most prevalent names in male enhancement until a few years ago. In 2010 it was voluntarily recalled along with a number of other products that contained a potentially unsafe and undisclosed ingredient.
Although other products such as Rock Hard weekend were recalled, reformulated and put back on the shelf, Stiff Nights has vanished into the darkness and doesn’t seem to be coming back. So what happened to it?
Although Stiff Nights contained natural ingredients such as tongkat ali, arginine and white willow bark, it also contained an undisclosed and dubious ingredient known as sulfoaildenafil. A derivative of sildenafil, the main component of Viagra, sulfoaildenafil is considered dangerous because of its interaction with prescription drugs like nitrates. In addition it may cause dangerously low blood pressure.
Sulfoaildenafil is what’s known as a phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitor, or PED5 inhibitor for short. This type of inhibitor is used to treat erectile dysfunction, and works by enhancing cyclic GMP, which plays a role in dilating the blood vessels and increasing blood flow to the body.
Along with sulfoaildenafil, there are a few other PED5 inhibitors that are also analogues of Viagra including aildenafil, acetildenafil and nitrosoprodenafil. These inhibitors are considered prescription only medications, and are illegal to sell over the counter.
In August 2010, Novacare LLC announced the recall of Stiff Nights and a number of other male enhancement products. A press release with full details can be found on the official FDA website.
The release specifically mentions that “Sulfoaildenafil is not included in the product labels” Undisclosed ingredients represent the true danger of dietary supplements. The FDA doesn’t investigate supplements until people experience adverse reactions. For some, that might be too late.
To best avoid tainted or potentially unsafe supplements, it is always best to check as many reviews as possible and read what reactions others have had to the product.
Where Can You Buy Stiff Nights?
If you were hoping to still find Stiff Nights on an auction website such as eBay or the Amazon Marketplace, you’re out of luck. It was not reformulated after the recall and is no longer available.
Future of Stiff Nights
It doesn’t appear there will be a future for Stiff Nights. It has been two years since the recall, and there doesn’t seem to be any signs of it coming back. There is always a stigma associated with products that are recalled; something that can be an uphill battle to come back from.
Although some might argue that recalls ruin a product that actually worked, undisclosed ingredients have the potential to cause more harm than good. This serves to highlight something everyone is already aware of- all nights must come to an end, even stiff ones.
 “Novacare LLC Conducts Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Products Found to Contain Undeclared Drug Ingredient” http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm221958.htm