Public advisory

Unauthorized drug (URX Bombshell) being sold online may pose serious health risks

Starting date:
April 19, 2016
Type of communication:
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Unauthorized products, Product Safety
General Public
Identification number:


Health Canada is advising Canadians that an unauthorized drug, URX Bombshell, labelled to contain prescription drug substances (yohimbine and rauwolfia), was being sold on Kijiji and at These drugs may pose serious health risks.  Products containing prescription drug ingredients should only be taken under the supervision of a health professional because they are used to treat specific diseases, and may cause serious side effects.

What you should do

Who is affected

Consumers who have purchased or used URX Bombshell.


URX Bombshell has not been approved by Health Canada. This means that it has not been assessed for safety, effectiveness and quality. As a result, it may contain ingredients not listed on the label, other additives and/or contaminated ingredients or other ingredients that may interact with other medications and foods. In addition, it may lack the active ingredients Canadians would expect it to contain to help maintain and improve their health. As a result these products could cause serious health effects.

Rauwolfia is listed as a prescription drug and contains reserpine which has been used for the treatment of high blood pressure (hypertension). It is permitted in very low concentration in some homeopathic preparations. However, rauwolfia is of particular concern when used without health professional oversight by persons with a heart condition or psychiatric disorder where patient history must be carefully considered.

As an example, the use of rauwolfia by individuals with a history of depression may exacerbate their condition. Tiredness, sleepiness, depression, nasal obstruction and breathlessness are some of the more common side effects noted with the use of rauwolfia. Rauwolfia should not be used by children, pregnant or nursing women.

Yohimbine is a prescription drug ingredient. The use of drugs containing yohimbine (either as yohimbine hydrochloride or yohimbe bark extract) may result in serious adverse reactions, particularly in people with high blood pressure, heart, kidney or liver disease. Side effects associated with yohimbine include increased blood pressure and heart rate, anxiety, dizziness, tremors, headache, nausea and sleep disorders. It should not be used by children, pregnant or nursing women.

Report health or safety concerns

  • Call Health Canada 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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Media enquiries

Health Canada
(613) 957-2983

Public enquiries

(613) 957-2991
1-866 225-0709

What Health Canada is doing

Should additional retailers of URX Bombshell be identified, Health Canada will take appropriate action and inform Canadians.


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