A New York man has filed a law suit against the makers of the health drink Boost Plus, claiming the vitamin-enriched beverage gave him an erection that would not go away.

Christopher Woods said he bought the protein supplement beverage at a drugstore on June 5, 2004.

He drank it, and the next day woke up with what he described in court papers as “an erection that would not subside.”

He was eventually hospitalised that day for a condition, called severe priapism, and underwent surgery to decrease the swelling.

The 29-year-old said the complications were not over after a winter shunt implant was given to him, which moves the blood from one area to another.

He says that he continued to suffer from complications and needed further hospitalisation for a penile artery embolisation, which is a way of closing blood vessels and preventing engorgement.

The suit names Novartis Consumer Health Inc., the makes of the drink, as the defendants and seeks as of yet unspecified damages.

The company has not issued a response to the suit. There is currently no evidence whether the drink caused the problem.

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