OTTAWA, Jan. 2, 2013 /CNW/ -
Four unauthorized natural health products have been removed from sale as
they may pose serious risks to the health of Canadians. The "ExtenZe"
products (shown below) are promoted as sexual enhancement products and
contain ingredients that legally require they be sold with a
prescription in Canada.
The products were being sold at the following locations: www.Lovedreamer.com, 2583 Yonge St., Toronto, and at 65 Martin Ross Ave., Downsview, Ont.
It is important to note that these products may have been sold
elsewhere on the Canadian market.
Who is affected:
Consumers who have purchased any of these unauthorized "ExtenZe"
products: ExtenZe Max Strength Gelcaps, ExtenZe Original Tablets,
ExtenZe Natural Female Tablets, and ExtenZe Big Cherry Flavour Liquid.
What consumers should do:
Consult your healthcare practitioner if you have used any of these
products and are concerned about your health.
Contact the place of purchase.
Read the label of the products you buy to verify that they have been
assessed by Health Canada for safety, effectiveness and quality. Health
products that have been authorized for sale by Health Canada will have
an eight-digit Drug Identification Number (DIN), a Natural Product
Number (NPN) or a Homeopathic Medicine Number (DIN-HM) on the label.
Some natural health products may have an Exemption Number (EN), which
indicates that the product is legally available for sale while Health
Canada is reviewing its application for licensing.
Report any adverse reaction related to these products to Health Canada
What Health Canada is doing:
Health Canada is requesting a stop-sale of these products and informing
the public of the risks associated with the use of them. Health Canada
will continue to monitor the sale of ExtenZe unauthorized products and
will take appropriate action should it become aware that any company is
continuing to sell unauthorized health products that may pose a risk to
Health Canada is working with the Canada Border Services Agency to stop
any shipments of unauthorized ExtenZe products from entering Canada.
The ingredients listed on the labels of these products can cause serious
health problems. Three of these unauthorized products list the
prescription ingredient pregnenolone and the controlled drug DHEA
(dehydroepiandrosterone). These substances can cause higher than normal
levels of female and male hormones in the body and could increase the risk of prostate, breast, ovarian, and other
DHEA should be avoided by individuals with a history of abnormal heart
rhythms, blood clotting disorders and liver disease, while pregnenolone
should not be used by women who are pregnant or breast-feeding, and
should be avoided by individuals who suffer from epileptic seizures or
who are taking anti-seizure medications.
Three of these unauthorized products contain the prescription medication
yohimbine (either as yohimbine HCl or as yohimbe extract), which has
been associated with anxiety, dizziness, increased blood pressure, fast
heart rate and may result in serious adverse reactions, particularly in
people with high blood pressure, or heart, kidney or liver disease.
If you have taken products containing these ingredients without the
supervision of a health care practitioner or without a prescription,
you may face additional risks. The treatment might not be appropriate
and you may miss the opportunity to obtain proper medical treatment.
You may also put yourself at risk for drug interactions, or harmful
Consumers should be aware that there may be authorized alternatives for
similar products in Canada that would be labelled in English and
French. The names of unauthorized products listed above should not be
confused with any authorized products with similar names found on the
For more information:
Consumers and health professionals wanting more information about this
advisory from Health Canada can contact the Public Enquiries Line at
613-957-2991, or toll free at 1-866-225-0709.
Media enquiries related to this Advisory should be directed to Health
Canada Media Relations at 613-957-2983.
How to report side effects to health products to Health Canada:
Call toll-free at 1-866-234-2345
Visit MedEffect Canada's web page on Adverse Reaction Reporting for information on how to report online, by mail or by fax.
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SOURCE: Health Canada
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