Unauthorized products may pose serious health risks (Part 2) (February 18, 2021)

Starting date:
February 18, 2021
Type of communication:
Advisory
Subcategory:
Drugs, Natural health products
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Issue:
Unauthorized products
Audience:
General Public
Identification number:
RA-75025

Last updated:

Summary

  • Product: Various unauthorized health products promoted for sexual enhancement, weight loss, as a workout aid, as “poppers,” or for lightening skin or treating skin conditions (such as eczema or psoriasis).
  • Issue: Products may contain dangerous ingredients such as prescription drugs that are not listed on the label, or the label may indicate a dangerous ingredient or combination of ingredients.
  • What to do: Stop using these products and consult your healthcare professional if you have health concerns. Report these or any unauthorized health products to Health Canada.

Issue

Health Canada is advising Canadians about unauthorized health products that may pose serious health risks. The table below is updated when Health Canada finds unauthorized health products that are promoted for sexual enhancement, weight loss, as a workout aid, as “poppers,” or for lightening skin or treating skin conditions (such as eczema or psoriasis). These products are labelled to contain or have been tested and found to contain dangerous ingredients. Links to previous tables with affected products are also available below.

Unauthorized health products have not been approved by Health Canada, which means that they have not been assessed for safety, effectiveness and quality. Unauthorized health products can pose many health dangers, including:

  • They may contain ingredients not listed on the label. This includes ingredients like prescription drugs, possibly at doses exceeding maximum recommended amounts. Prescription drugs should be taken only under the supervision of a health professional because they may cause serious side effects. Using a product that contains ingredients that the consumer is not aware of increases the chance of dangerous allergies and interactions with other medications and foods.
  • The label may indicate a dangerous ingredient or combination of ingredients. For example, it could list a drug that should be available only by prescription from a health care professional, or a combination of ingredients that Health Canada does not permit because of serious health risks.

Health Canada maintains this page so that Canadians can easily identify products they may have purchased and take appropriate action. Canadians are encouraged to check back regularly for updates. Advisories on safety issues involving other types of products are available in the recalls and safety alerts database.

What companies should know:

  • Selling unauthorized health products in Canada is illegal.
  • When Health Canada identifies unauthorized products that may pose serious health risks, Health Canada takes appropriate action to prevent further distribution and informs Canadians. This includes working with the Canada Border Services Agency to help prevent further importation of unauthorized products.

What you should do

  • Stop using the products listed below. Consult your health care professional if you have used these products and have health concerns, and for advice on which health products are best for you and your family.
  • Read product labels to verify that health products have been authorized for sale by Health Canada. Authorized health products have an eight-digit Drug Identification Number (DIN), Natural Product Number (NPN) or Homeopathic Drug Number (DIN-HM). You can also check if products have been authorized for sale by searching Health Canada’s Drug Product Database and Licensed Natural Health Product Database.
  • Report any health product adverse events or complaints to Health Canada.
  • See the additional information on buying health products safely in the helpful links below.

Background

Dapoxetine is a drug used to treat premature ejaculation and is not authorized for sale in Canada. Side effects include fainting or loss of consciousness, dizziness, changes in blood pressure, blurred vision, seizures, headache, diarrhea and nausea. In particular, dapoxetine should not be used by individuals who have cardiac conditions, liver disease, a history of mania or bipolar disorder, or who are taking certain other medications, including monoamine oxidase inhibitors, antidepressants, and a number of other drugs and herbal products that can interact with dapoxetine.

Flibanserin is a prescription drug used to treat hypoactive (low) sexual desire disorder (HSDD) in premenopausal women who have not had problems with low sexual desire in the past and should only be used under the supervision of a health care professional. Women should not take flibanserin if they have liver problems, are pregnant or breastfeeding, if they are taking certain other medicines, or if they have low blood pressure and drink alcohol. Common side effects include dizziness, sleepiness, nausea and tiredness. Serious side effects include fainting, low blood pressure, abnormally fast heartbeat, and mental health changes such as dissociation from reality, hallucination, intensely excited mood and racing thoughts. The risk of side effects increases with the amount taken (dose).

"Poppers" is a slang term for products that contain alkyl nitrites. Despite being labelled for various uses such as leather cleaners, room odourizers or liquid incense, these products are inhaled or ingested by consumers for recreational purposes. Alkyl nitrites, such as amyl nitrite, butyl nitrite and isobutyl nitrite are prescription drugs and should be used only under the supervision of a healthcare professional. Products containing alkyl nitrites may pose serious risks, including death, depending on the amount used, how frequently they are used and how long they are used for, as well as the person's health and the other medications they may be taking. Since it is difficult to control how much is inhaled, people can accidentally overdose. Swallowing these products can lead to serious medical complications and may be fatal. People with certain medical conditions (including recent head trauma, bleeding into the head, glaucoma, or heart disease) and those taking certain medications (particularly drugs used to treat erectile dysfunction, and other drugs such as high blood pressure medications, certain migraine drugs, and high doses of aspirin) or illicit drugs are at particular risk.

Sildenafil is a prescription drug used to treat erectile dysfunction and should be used only under the supervision of a health care professional. It should not be used by individuals taking any kind of nitrate drug (e.g. nitroglycerine) as it can cause potentially life-threatening low blood pressure. Individuals with heart problems are at increased risk of cardiovascular side effects such as heart attack, stroke, chest pain, high blood pressure and abnormal heartbeat. Other possible side effects include headache, facial flushing, indigestion, dizziness, abnormal vision, and hearing loss. Desmethyl carbodenafil and dithiodesmethyl carbodenafil, and Hydroxythiohomosildenafil are unauthorized substances that are similar to sildenafil and may pose similar health risks.

Tadalafil is a prescription drug used to treat erectile dysfunction and should be used only under the supervision of a health care professional. It should not be used by individuals taking any kind of nitrate drug (e.g., nitroglycerine) since it can cause potentially life-threatening low blood pressure. Individuals with heart problems are at increased risk of cardiovascular side effects such as heart attack, stroke, chest pain, high blood pressure and abnormal heartbeat. Other possible side effects include headache, facial flushing, indigestion, dizziness, abnormal vision, and hearing loss. Aminotadalafil is an unauthorized substance that is similar to tadalafil and may pose similar health risks.

Yohimbine is a prescription drug and should be used only under the supervision of a health care professional. Yohimbine is derived from yohimbe, a bark extract. The use of yohimbine or yohimbe may result in serious adverse reactions particularly in people with high blood pressure, or heart, kidney or liver disease. Side effects include increased blood pressure and heart rate, anxiety, dizziness, tremors, headache, nausea and sleep disorders. It should not be used by children, or pregnant or nursing women.

Affected products

Product description

Unauthorized health products
Photo Product & Promoted Use Hazard Identified Company Action Taken Date Added
X Panther 9X X Panther 9X
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Source Adult
10046 163 St. NW
Edmonton, AB
Seized from the retail location February 18, 2021
777K 777K
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Source Adult
3364 Parsons Rd. Edmonton, AB
Seized from the retail location February 18, 2021
Gold Rush Gold Rush
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain isobutyl nitrite Source Adult
3364 Parsons Rd. Edmonton, AB
Seized from the retail location February 18, 2021
Kangaroo Ultra 3000 Kangaroo Ultra 3000
Sexual enhancement
Product with similar packaging (previously seized) was tested by Health Canada and found to contain flibanserin Source Adult
3364 Parsons Rd. Edmonton, AB
Seized from the retail location February 18, 2021
Libi Prince Libi Prince
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Source Adult
3364 Parsons Rd. Edmonton, AB
Seized from the retail location February 18, 2021
Locker Room Original Locker Room Original
Poppers
Labelled to contain isobutyl nitrite Source Adult
3364 Parsons Rd. Edmonton, AB
Seized from the retail location February 18, 2021
Passion Classic Passion Classic
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Source Adult
3364 Parsons Rd. Edmonton, AB
Seized from the retail location February 18, 2021
Pink Pussycat Pink Pussycat
Sexual enhancement
Product with similar packaging (previously seized) was tested by Health Canada and found to contain hydroxythiohomosildenafil Source Adult
3364 Parsons Rd. Edmonton, AB
Seized from the retail location February 18, 2021
Poseidon Platinum Poseidon Platinum
Sexual enhancement
Product with similar packaging (previously seized) was tested by Health Canada and found to contain sildenafil and tadalafil Source Adult
3364 Parsons Rd. Edmonton, AB
Seized from the retail location February 18, 2021
Poseidon Platinum    3500 Poseidon Platinum 3500
Sexual enhancement
Product with similar packaging (previously seized) was tested and found to contain sildenafil Source Adult
3364 Parsons Rd. Edmonton, AB
Seized from the retail location February 18, 2021
Power Panther Power Panther
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Source Adult
3364 Parsons Rd. Edmonton, AB
Seized from the retail location February 18, 2021
ResErection ResErection
Sexual enhancement
Product with similar packaging (previously seized) was tested by Health Canada and found to contain sildenafil and tadalafil Source Adult
3364 Parsons Rd. Edmonton, AB
Seized from the retail location February 18, 2021
Rising Phoenix Rising Phoenix
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Source Adult
3364 Parsons Rd. Edmonton, AB
Seized from the retail location February 18, 2021
Rodeo Fantasy Rodeo Fantasy
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Source Adult
3364 Parsons Rd. Edmonton, AB
Seized from the retail location February 18, 2021
Rush Rush
Poppers
Labelled to contain isobutyl nitrite Source Adult
3364 Parsons Rd. Edmonton, AB
Seized from the retail location February 18, 2021
Shark 5K Shark 5K
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Source Adult
3364 Parsons Rd. Edmonton, AB
Seized from the retail location February 18, 2021
Shiva Gold Shiva Gold
Sexual enhancement
Product tested by Health Canada and found to contain sildenafil and tadalafil Source Adult
3364 Parsons Rd. Edmonton, AB
Seized from the retail location February 18, 2021
Stiff Rox Stiff Rox
Sexual enhancement
Product with similar packaging (previously seized) was tested and found to contain sildenafil and tadalafil Source Adult
3364 Parsons Rd. Edmonton, AB
Seized from the retail location February 18, 2021
Super Mamba Super Mamba
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Source Adult
3364 Parsons Rd. Edmonton, AB
Seized from the retail location February 18, 2021
Super Rush Original- Black    Label Super Rush Original- Black Label
Poppers
Labelled to contain isobutyl nitrite Source Adult
3364 Parsons Rd. Edmonton, AB
Seized from the retail location February 18, 2021
Super Rush Red Super Rush Red
Poppers
Labelled to contain isobutyl nitrite Source Adult
3364 Parsons Rd. Edmonton, AB
Seized from the retail location February 18, 2021
Titanium 12K Titanium 12K
Sexual enhancement
Product tested by Health Canada and found to tadalafil and dapoxetine Source Adult
3364 Parsons Rd. Edmonton, AB
Seized from the retail location February 18, 2021
TNT Premium TNT Premium
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Source Adult
3364 Parsons Rd. Edmonton, AB
Seized from the retail location February 18, 2021
White Mamba White Mamba
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Source Adult
3364 Parsons Rd. Edmonton, AB
Seized from the retail location February 18, 2021
X Panther 9X X Panther 9X
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Source Adult
3364 Parsons Rd. Edmonton, AB
Seized from the retail location February 18, 2021
777K 777K
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Source Adult
10022 100th Ave.
Grande Prairie, AB
Retailer removed the product from shelves February 18, 2021
Amsterdam Amsterdam
Poppers
Product with similar packaging (previously seized) was labelled to contain isobutyl nitrite Source Adult
10022 100th Ave.
Grande Prairie, AB
Retailer removed the product from shelves February 18, 2021
Amsterdam Platinum Poppers Amsterdam Platinum Poppers Product with similar packaging (previously seized) was labelled to contain alkyl nitrite Source Adult
10022 100th Ave.
Grande Prairie, AB
Retailer removed the product from shelves February 18, 2021
Blue Boy Blue Boy
Poppers
Product with similar packaging (previously seized) was labelled to contain alkyl nitrites Source Adult
10022 100th Ave.
Grande Prairie, AB
Retailer removed the product from shelves February 18, 2021
Gold Rush Gold Rush
Poppers
Product with similar packaging (previously seized) was labelled to contain isobutyl nitrite Source Adult
10022 100th Ave.
Grande Prairie, AB
Retailer removed the product from shelves February 18, 2021
Jungle Juice    Platinum Jungle Juice Platinum
Poppers
Product with similar packaging previously seized was labelled to contain alkyl nitrites Source Adult
10022 100th Ave.
Grande Prairie, AB
Retailer removed the product from shelves February 18, 2021
Jungle Juice    Platinum Black Jungle Juice Platinum Black
Poppers
Product with similar packaging previously seized was labelled to contain alkyl nitrites Source Adult
10022 100th Ave.
Grande Prairie, AB
Retailer removed the product from shelves February 18, 2021
Kangaroo    Ultra 3000 Kangaroo Ultra 3000
Sexual enhancement
Product with similar packaging (previously seized) was tested by Health Canada and found to contain flibanserin Source Adult
10022 100th Ave.
Grande Prairie, AB
Retailer removed the product from shelves February 18, 2021
Libi Prince Libi Prince
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Source Adult
10022 100th Ave.
Grande Prairie, AB
Retailer removed the product from shelves February 18, 2021
Passion    Classic Passion Classic
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Source Adult
10022 100th Ave.
Grande Prairie, AB
Retailer removed the product from shelves February 18, 2021
Pink Pussycat Pink Pussycat
Sexual enhancement
Product with similar packaging (previously seized) was tested by Health Canada and found to contain hydroxythiohomosildenafil Source Adult
10022 100th Ave.
Grande Prairie, AB
Retailer removed the product from shelves February 18, 2021
Poseidon    Platinum 3500 Poseidon Platinum 3500
Sexual enhancement
Product with similar packaging (previously seized) was tested by Health Canada and found to contain sildenafil Source Adult
10022 100th Ave.
Grande Prairie, AB
Retailer removed the product from shelves February 18, 2021
Power Panther Power Panther
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Source Adult
10022 100th Ave.
Grande Prairie, AB
Retailer removed the product from shelves February 18, 2021
ResErection ResErection
Sexual enhancement
Product with similar packaging (previously seized) was tested by Health Canada and found to contain sildenafil and tadalafil Source Adult
10022 100th Ave.
Grande Prairie, AB
Retailer removed the product from shelves February 18, 2021
Rising    Phoenix 5K Rising Phoenix 5K
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Source Adult
10022 100th Ave.
Grande Prairie, AB
Retailer removed the product from shelves February 18, 2021
Rush Rush
Poppers
Product with similar packaging (previously seized) was labelled to contain isobutyl nitrite Source Adult
10022 100th Ave.
Grande Prairie, AB
Retailer removed the product from shelves February 18, 2021
Stiff Rox Stiff Rox
Sexual enhancement
Product with similar packaging (previously seized) was tested by Health Canada and found to contain sildenafil and tadalafil Source Adult
10022 100th Ave.
Grande Prairie, AB
Retailer removed the product from shelves February 18, 2021
Super Mamba Super Mamba
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Source Adult
10022 100th Ave.
Grande Prairie, AB
Retailer removed the product from shelves February 18, 2021
Super Rush Original Super Rush Original
Poppers
Product with similar packaging (previously seized) was labelled to contain isobutyl nitrite Source Adult
10022 100th Ave.
Grande Prairie, AB
Retailer removed the product from shelves February 18, 2021
Super Rush Original- Black    Label Super Rush Original- Black Label
Poppers
Product with similar packaging (previously seized) was labelled to contain isobutyl nitrite Source Adult
10022 100th Ave.
Grande Prairie, AB
Retailer removed the product from shelves February 18, 2021
Titanium 4000 Titanium 4000
Sexual enhancement
Product with similar packaging (previously seized) was tested by Health Canada and found to contain sildenafil and tadalafil Source Adult
10022 100th Ave.
Grande Prairie, AB
Retailer removed the product from shelves February 18, 2021
Titanium 12K Titanium 12K
Sexual enhancement
Product tested by Health Canada and found to tadalafil and dapoxetine Source Adult
10022 100th Ave.
Grande Prairie, AB
Retailer removed the product from shelves February 18, 2021
TNT Premium TNT Premium
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Source Adult
10022 100th Ave.
Grande Prairie, AB
Retailer removed the product from shelves February 18, 2021
White Mamba White Mamba
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Source Adult
10022 100th Ave.
Grande Prairie, AB
Retailer removed the product from shelves February 18, 2021
X Panther 9X X Panther 9X
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Source Adult
10022 100th Ave.
Grande Prairie, AB
Retailer removed the product from shelves February 18, 2021
777K 777K
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Source Adult
9914 King St.
Fort McMurray, AB
Retailer removed the product from shelves February 18, 2021
Kangaroo Ultra 3000 Kangaroo Ultra 3000
Sexual enhancement
Product with similar packaging (previously seized) was tested by Health Canada and found to contain flibanserin Source Adult
9914 King St.
Fort McMurray, AB
Retailer removed the product from shelves February 18, 2021
Libi Prince Libi Prince
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Source Adult
9914 King St.
Fort McMurray, AB
Retailer removed the product from shelves February 18, 2021
Passion Classic Passion Classic
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Source Adult
9914 King St.
Fort McMurray, AB
Retailer removed the product from shelves February 18, 2021
Pink Pussycat Pink Pussycat
Sexual enhancement
Product with similar packaging (previously seized) was tested by Health Canada and found to contain hydroxythiohomosildenafil Source Adult
9914 King St.
Fort McMurray, AB
Retailer removed the product from shelves February 18, 2021
Poseidon Platinum    3500 Poseidon Platinum 3500
Sexual enhancement
Product with similar packaging (previously seized) was tested and found to contain sildenafil Source Adult
9914 King St.
Fort McMurray, AB
Retailer removed the product from shelves February 18, 2021
ResErection ResErection
Sexual enhancement
Product with similar packaging (previously seized) was tested and found to contain sildenafil and tadalafil Source Adult
9914 King St.
Fort McMurray, AB
Retailer removed the product from shelves February 18, 2021
Rising Phoenix 5K Rising Phoenix 5K
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Source Adult
9914 King St.
Fort McMurray, AB
Retailer removed the product from shelves February 18, 2021
Rodeo Fantasy Rodeo Fantasy
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Source Adult
9914 King St.
Fort McMurray, AB
Retailer removed the product from shelves February 18, 2021
Shark 5K Shark 5K
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Source Adult
9914 King St.
Fort McMurray, AB
Retailer removed the product from shelves February 18, 2021
Stiff Rox Stiff Rox
Sexual enhancement
Product with similar packaging (previously seized) was tested and found to contain sildenafil and tadalafil Source Adult
9914 King St.
Fort McMurray, AB
Retailer removed the product from shelves February 18, 2021
Super Mamba Super Mamba
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Source Adult
9914 King St.
Fort McMurray, AB
Retailer removed the product from shelves February 18, 2021
TNT Premium TNT Premium
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Source Adult
9914 King St.
Fort McMurray, AB
Retailer removed the product from shelves February 18, 2021
White Mamba White Mamba
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Source Adult
9914 King St.
Fort McMurray, AB
Retailer removed the product from shelves February 18, 2021
777K 777K
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Source Adult
#200 2429 Hwy 97N
Kelowna, BC
Retailer removed the product from shelves February 18, 2021
Kangaroo Ultra 3000 Kangaroo Ultra 3000
Sexual enhancement
Product with similar packaging (previously seized) was tested by Health Canada and found to contain flibanserin Source Adult
#200 2429 Hwy 97N
Kelowna, BC
Retailer removed the product from shelves February 18, 2021
Libi Prince Libi Prince
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Source Adult
#200 2429 Hwy 97N
Kelowna, BC
Retailer removed the product from shelves February 18, 2021
Passion Classic Passion Classic
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Source Adult
#200 2429 Hwy 97N
Kelowna, BC
Retailer removed the product from shelves February 18, 2021
Pink Pussycat Pink Pussycat
Sexual enhancement
Product with similar packaging (previously seized) was tested by Health Canada and found to contain hydroxythiohomosildenafil Source Adult
#200 2429 Hwy 97N
Kelowna, BC
Retailer removed the product from shelves February 18, 2021
Poseidon Platinum Poseidon Platinum
Sexual enhancement
Product with similar packaging (previously seized) was tested by Health Canada and found to contain sildenafil and tadalafil Source Adult
#200 2429 Hwy 97N
Kelowna, BC
Retailer removed the product from shelves February 18, 2021
Poseidon Platinum    3500 Poseidon Platinum 3500
Sexual enhancement
Product with similar packaging (previously seized) was tested and found to contain sildenafil Source Adult
#200 2429 Hwy 97N
Kelowna, BC
Retailer removed the product from shelves February 18, 2021
ResErection ResErection
Sexual enhancement
Product with similar packaging (previously seized) was tested by Health Canada and found to contain sildenafil and tadalafil Source Adult
#200 2429 Hwy 97N
Kelowna, BC
Retailer removed the product from shelves February 18, 2021
Rising Phoenix Rising Phoenix
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Source Adult
#200 2429 Hwy 97N
Kelowna, BC
Retailer removed the product from shelves February 18, 2021
Rodeo Fantasy Rodeo Fantasy
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Source Adult
#200 2429 Hwy 97N
Kelowna, BC
Retailer removed the product from shelves February 18, 2021
Shark 5K Shark 5K
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Source Adult
#200 2429 Hwy 97N
Kelowna, BC
Retailer removed the product from shelves February 18, 2021
Shiva Gold Shiva Gold
Sexual enhancement
Product tested by Health Canada and found to contain sildenafil and tadalafil Source Adult
#200 2429 Hwy 97N
Kelowna, BC
Retailer removed the product from shelves February 18, 2021
Stiff Rox Stiff Rox
Sexual enhancement
Product with similar packaging (previously seized) was tested and found to contain sildenafil and tadalafil Source Adult
#200 2429 Hwy 97N
Kelowna, BC
Retailer removed the product from shelves February 18, 2021
Titanium 12K Titanium 12K
Sexual enhancement
Product tested by Health Canada and found to tadalafil and dapoxetine Source Adult
#200 2429 Hwy 97N
Kelowna, BC
Retailer removed the product from shelves February 18, 2021
TNT Premium TNT Premium
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Source Adult
#200 2429 Hwy 97N
Kelowna, BC
Retailer removed the product from shelves February 18, 2021
White Mamba White Mamba
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Source Adult
#200 2429 Hwy 97N
Kelowna, BC
Retailer removed the product from shelves February 18, 2021

 


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