Health Canada, the department of the government of Canada responsible for national public health, has issued a safety recall over 23 unapproved health products that are sold as sexual enhancements, weight loss, among others.
The Canadian agency has warned that the products may contain unlabeled and dangerous ingredients, including prescription drugs.
Health Canada updated and released the list of those products on Monday. The list contains products that are promoted for weight loss, sexual enhancement, workout aid, or poppers.
On the safety recall page, the agency has advised consumers to stop using those products, and consult their medical professional if they have already used the products and have concerns.
The agency’s recall said, “Authorized health products have an eight-digit Drug Identification Number (DIN), Natural Product Number (NPN) or Homeopathic Drug Number (DIN-HM).”
One can find the full list of recalled products, the name of the companies selling them, and the health hazards identified on the website of Health Canada.
The ingredients found in those products were sildenafil, tadalafil, and yohimbine.
Sildenafil and tadalafil are prescription drugs used for the treatment of erectile dysfunction. They should be used under the supervision of a medical professional. That’s because they are not safe in men who take certain drugs such as nitrates or alpha-blockers. If taken along with nitrates, sildenafil and tadalafil can decrease blood pressure to potentially dangerous levels.
In addition, inappropriate use of sildenafil or tadalafil could increase the risk of adverse effects that need medical attention.
Yohimbine is another prescription drug derived from Yohimbe. It may have serious adverse effects if used inappropriately, such as increased blood pressure, increased heartbeats, anxiety, dizziness, headaches, and tremors. Yohimbine is not advisable to children, pregnant, and nursing mothers.