OTTAWA, Feb. 22, 2013 /CNW/ -
Two unauthorized health products "18 Again" and "Stiff 4 Hours" were
tested by Health Canada and were found to contain hidden ingredients
(sildenafil or tadalafil) that may pose serious risks to the health of
Canadians. The products were being sold at the Unchained Romance booth
at the 12th Annual Vancouver Taboo Sex Show.
These products are promoted as male sexual stimulants and contain hidden
prescription medications. Approved drugs that contain them can only be
sold with a prescription and by a pharmacy. The purchase of such
products elsewhere can put your health at serious risk.
Who is affected:
Canadians who have purchased or used these products, particularly people
with heart problems.
What consumers should do:
Consult your healthcare practitioner with any questions or concerns
regarding use of these products.
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 Homeopathic Medicine
Number (DIN-HM) or a Natural Product Number (NPN) on the label. Some
natural health products (NHPs) may have an Exemption Number (EN).
Report any adverse reaction potentially related to these products to Health Canada.
Contact Health Canada's toll-free line at 1-800-267-9675 with questions
or complaints about these products.
What Health Canada is doing:
Health Canada is testing additional unauthorized products from Unchained
Romance and should these products pose similar risks to health,
Canadians will be informed. Health Canada is also working with the
Canada Border Services Agency to stop any shipments of "18 Again" and
"Stiff 4 Hours" from entering Canada.
Sildenafil and tadalafil are prescription medications that should only
be used under the supervision of a health care practitioner. Products
containing sildenafil or tadalafil should never be used by individuals
taking any kind of nitrate drug (e.g. nitroglycerine) as they can cause
potentially life-threatening low blood pressure.
Individuals with heart problems including high blood pressure, a history
of heart attack, stroke, abnormal heart beat or chest pain are at
higher risk of cardiovascular side-effects if they engage in sexual
activity, including if they use sildenafil or tadalafil to help them
achieve an erection. Other possible side-effects of using sildenafil or
tadalafil include headache, facial flushing, indigestion, dizziness,
abnormal vision and hearing loss.
18 Again (sildenafil).
Stiff 4 Hours (tadalafil).
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 report suspected adverse reaction to these or other health products,
please contact Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program toll-free at
1-866-234-2345, or complete a Canada Vigilance Reporting Form and send to us using one of these methods:
Mail: Canada Vigilance Program
Marketed Health Products Directorate
Ottawa, ON, Address Locator 0701E
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SOURCE: Health Canada
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