Public advisory

Unauthorized products may pose serious health risks

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
Health products - Unauthorized product
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.

Affected products

Sexual enhancement
Unauthorized health products
Photo Product & Promoted Use Hazard Identified Company Action Taken Date Added
MyoBlox Skywalk Peach Rings MyoBlox Skywalk Peach Rings
Workout supplement
Product tested by Health Canada and found to contain levodopa Amped Nutrition
314 Queen St S.
Bolton, ON
Seized from the retail location 2022-07-26
MyoBlox Skywalk Purple Haze MyoBlox Skywalk Purple Haze
Workout supplement
Product tested by Health Canada and found to contain levodopa Amped Nutrition
314 Queen St S.
Bolton, ON
Seized from the retail location 2022-07-26
MyoBlox Skywalk Red Wave MyoBlox Skywalk Red Wave
Workout supplement
Product tested by Health Canada and found to contain levodopa Amped Nutrition
314 Queen St S.
Bolton, ON
Seized from the retail location 2022-07-26
Rhino 7 Platinum 5000_Front Rhino 7 Platinum 5000
Sexual enhancement
Product with similar packaging (previously seized) was tested and found to contain sildenafil and yohimbe Esso Gas Station
89 Lindsay Street S.
Lindsay, ON
Seized from the retail location 2022-07-26
Super Panther 500K_front Super Panther 500k
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Esso Gas Station
89 Lindsay Street S.
Lindsay, ON
Seized from the retail location 2022-07-26
777K Sexual enhancement 777K
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Big Bee Convenience & Food Mart
800 Barton St E. Hamilton, ON
Seized from the retail location 2022-07-12
Plus Imperial Love 22000 Plus Imperial Love 22000
Sexual enhancement
Product tested by Health Canada and found to contain tadalafil and sildenafil Big Bee Convenience & Food Mart
800 Barton St E. Hamilton, ON
Seized from the retail location 2022-07-12
Rhino 7 Platinum 5000 Rhino 7 Platinum 5000 (large and small packaging)
Sexual enhancement
Product with similar packaging (previously seized) was tested and found to contain sildenafil and yohimbe Big Bee Convenience & Food Mart
800 Barton St E. Hamilton, ON
Seized from the retail location 2022-07-12
Spanish Fly 20,000 Spanish Fly 20,000
Sexual enhancement
Product with similar packaging (previously seized) was tested and found to contain tadalafil Big Bee Convenience & Food Mart
800 Barton St E. Hamilton, ON
Seized from the retail location 2022-07-12
Stiff Rox Stiff Rox
Sexual enhancement
Product with similar packaging (previously seized) was tested and found to contain sildenafil and tadalafil Big Bee Convenience & Food Mart
800 Barton St E. Hamilton, ON
Seized from the retail location 2022-07-12
Super Panther 7K Super Panther 7K
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Big Bee Convenience & Food Mart
800 Barton St E. Hamilton, ON
Seized from the retail location 2022-07-12
Twin Rhino 69 Power 500K+ Twin Rhino 69 Power 500K+ Sexual enhancement Labelled to contain yohimbe Big Bee Convenience & Food Mart
800 Barton St E. Hamilton, ON
Seized from the retail location 2022-07-12
VIP Go Rhino VIP Go Rhino Sexual enhancement Labelled to contain yohimbe Big Bee Convenience & Food Mart
800 Barton St E. Hamilton, ON
Seized from the retail location 2022-07-12
Platinum Rhino Love 2000 Platinum Rhino Love 2000
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Big Bee Convenience & Food Mart
155 Hunter St W.
Hamilton, ON
Seized from the retail location 2022-07-12
Premier Love Platinum 22000 Premier Love Platinum 22000
Sexual enhancement
Product tested by Health Canada and found to contain tadalafil and sildenafil Big Bee Convenience & Food Mart
155 Hunter St W.
Hamilton, ON
Seized from the retail location 2022-07-12
Rhino 7 Platinum 5000 Rhino 7 Platinum 5000
(large and small packaging)
Sexual enhancement
Product with similar packaging (previously seized) was tested and found to contain sildenafil and yohimbe Big Bee Convenience & Food Mart
155 Hunter St W.
Hamilton, ON
Seized from the retail location 2022-07-12
Twin Rhino 69 Power 500K+ Twin Rhino 69 Power 500K+
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Big Bee Convenience & Food Mart
155 Hunter St W.
Hamilton, ON
Seized from the retail location 2022-07-12
Infinity 10K Infinity 10K
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Love Secret Sex Shop
2279 Elgin Ave, Port Coquitlam, B.C.
Seized from the retail location 2022-07-12
Kangaroo Ultra 3000 Kangaroo Ultra 3000
Sexual enhancement
Product with similar packaging (previously seized) was tested and found to contain sildenafil Love Secret Sex Shop
2279 Elgin Ave, Port Coquitlam, B.C.
Seized from the retail location 2022-07-12
Magnum Gold 24K Magnum Gold 24K
Sexual enhancement
Product with similar packaging (previously seized) was tested and found to contain tadalafil Love Secret Sex Shop
2279 Elgin Ave, Port Coquitlam, B.C.
Seized from the retail location 2022-07-12
Magnum Male Sexual enhancement XXL 1000K Magnum Male Sexual enhancement XXL 1000K
Sexual enhancement
Product with similar packaging (previously seized) was tested and found to contain sildenafil Love Secret Sex Shop
2279 Elgin Ave, Port Coquitlam, B.C.
Seized from the retail location 2022-07-12
Magnum XXL 9800 Magnum XXL 9800
Sexual enhancement
Product with similar packaging (previously seized) was tested and found to contain tadalafil Love Secret Sex Shop
2279 Elgin Ave, Port Coquitlam, B.C.
Seized from the retail location 2022-07-12
Passion Classic Passion Classic
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Love Secret Sex Shop
2279 Elgin Ave, Port Coquitlam, B.C.
Seized from the retail location 2022-07-12
Pink Pussycat Pink Pussycat
Sexual enhancement
Product with similar packaging (previously seized) was tested and found to contain hydroxythiohomosildenafil Love Secret Sex Shop
2279 Elgin Ave, Port Coquitlam, B.C.
Seized from the retail location 2022-07-12
Platinum ZEN69 96000 Platinum ZEN69 96000
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Love Secret Sex Shop
2279 Elgin Ave, Port Coquitlam, B.C.
Seized from the retail location 2022-07-12
Recharged Blue Rhino 79 Extreme 188K Recharged Blue Rhino 79 Extreme 188K
Sexual enhancement
Product with similar packaging (previously seized) was tested and found to contain sildenafil Love Secret Sex Shop
2279 Elgin Ave, Port Coquitlam, B.C.
Seized from the retail location 2022-07-12
Rhino 8 Supreme 500K Rhino 8 Supreme 500K
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Love Secret Sex Shop
2279 Elgin Ave, Port Coquitlam, B.C.
Seized from the retail location 2022-07-12
Sexy Lady Sexy Lady
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Product with similar packaging (previously seized) was tested and found to contain sildenafil and tadalafil Love Secret Sex Shop
2279 Elgin Ave, Port Coquitlam, B.C.
Seized from the retail location 2022-07-12
Spanish Fly 22000 Spanish Fly 22000
Sexual enhancement
Product with similar packaging (previously seized) was tested and found to contain tadalafil Love Secret Sex Shop
2279 Elgin Ave, Port Coquitlam, B.C.
Seized from the retail location 2022-07-12
Swiss Navy Daily Supplement for Sexual Health Swiss Navy Daily Supplement for Sexual Health
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Love Secret Sex Shop
2279 Elgin Ave, Port Coquitlam, B.C.
Seized from the retail location 2022-07-12
Xcalibur Platinum 11000 Xcalibur Platinum 11000
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Love Secret Sex Shop
2279 Elgin Ave, Port Coquitlam, B.C.
Seized from the retail location 2022-07-12
Alien Power Platinum 11000 Alien Power Platinum 11000
Sexual enhancement
Product with similar packaging (previously seized) was tested and found to contain tadalafil Love Den Romantic Accessories Ltd.
Unit 121 – 735 Goldstream Avenue
Langford, B.C.
Seized from the retail location 2022-07-12
Black Panther #1 Black Panther #1
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Love Den Romantic Accessories Ltd.
Unit 121 – 735 Goldstream Avenue
Langford, B.C.
Seized from the retail location 2022-07-12
Black Panther #1 (3 pack) Black Panther #1 (3 pack)
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Love Den Romantic Accessories Ltd.
Unit 121 – 735 Goldstream Avenue
Langford, B.C.
Seized from the retail location 2022-07-12
Black Panther Platinum 30K Black Panther Platinum 30K
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Love Den Romantic Accessories Ltd.
Unit 121 – 735 Goldstream Avenue
Langford, B.C.
Seized from the retail location 2022-07-12
Lucky Lady Lucky Lady
Sexual enhancement
Product with similar packaging (previously seized) was tested and found to contain tadalafil Love Den Romantic Accessories Ltd.
Unit 121 – 735 Goldstream Avenue
Langford, B.C.
Seized from the retail location 2022-07-12
ResErection! ResErection!
Sexual enhancement
Product with similar packaging (previously seized) was tested and found to contain sildenafil and tadalafil Love Den Romantic Accessories Ltd.
Unit 121 – 735 Goldstream Avenue
Langford, B.C.
Seized from the retail location 2022-07-12
ResErection! (Bottle) ResErection!
(Bottle)
Sexual enhancement
Product with similar packaging (previously seized) was tested and found to contain sildenafil and tadalafil Love Den Romantic Accessories Ltd.
Unit 121 – 735 Goldstream Avenue
Langford, B.C.
Seized from the retail location 2022-07-12
Rhino Rhino
Sexual enhancement
Product with similar packaging (previously seized) was tested and found to contain aminotadalafil Love Den Romantic Accessories Ltd.
Unit 121 – 735 Goldstream Avenue
Langford, B.C.
Seized from the retail location 2022-07-12
777K Sexual enhancement 777K
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Wiggles Adult Video
980 The Queensway,
Etobicoke, ON
Seized from the retail location 2022-07-05
Amsterdam Amsterdam
Poppers
Product with similar packaging (previously seized) was labelled to contain isobutyl nitrite Wiggles Adult Video
980 The Queensway,
Etobicoke, ON
Seized from the retail location 2022-07-05
Blue Boy Original Blue Boy Original
Poppers
Labelled to contain isobutyl nitrite Wiggles Adult Video
980 The Queensway,
Etobicoke, ON
Seized from the retail location 2022-07-05
Double Scorpio Emerald Double Scorpio Emerald
Poppers
Labelled to contain isobutyl nitrite Wiggles Adult Video
980 The Queensway,
Etobicoke, ON
Seized from the retail location 2022-07-05
English Royale English Royale
Poppers
Labelled to contain isobutyl nitrite Wiggles Adult Video
980 The Queensway,
Etobicoke, ON
Seized from the retail location 2022-07-05
Gold Label Amsterdam Gold Label Amsterdam
Poppers
Labelled to contain isobutyl nitrite Wiggles Adult Video
980 The Queensway,
Etobicoke, ON
Seized from the retail location 2022-07-05
Gold Rush Gold Rush
Poppers
Labelled to contain isobutyl nitrite Wiggles Adult Video
980 The Queensway,
Etobicoke, ON
Seized from the retail location 2022-07-05
Increasing Delay Increasing Delay
Sexual enhancement
Product with similar packaging (previously seized) was tested and found to contain sildenafil Wiggles Adult Video
980 The Queensway,
Etobicoke, ON
Seized from the retail location 2022-07-05
Jaguar 25000 Jaguar 25000
Sexual enhancement
Product with similar packaging (previously seized) was tested and found to contain tadalafil Wiggles Adult Video
980 The Queensway,
Etobicoke, ON
Seized from the retail location 2022-07-05
Jaguar 30000 Jaguar 30000
Sexual enhancement
Product with similar packaging (previously seized) was tested and found to contain tadalafil Wiggles Adult Video
980 The Queensway,
Etobicoke, ON
Seized from the retail location 2022-07-05
Jaguar 30000 Jaguar 30000
Sexual enhancement
Product with similar packaging (previously seized) was tested and found to contain tadalafil Wiggles Adult Video
980 The Queensway,
Etobicoke, ON
Seized from the retail location 2022-07-05
Japan Tengsu Japan Tengsu
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain sildenafil Wiggles Adult Video
980 The Queensway,
Etobicoke, ON
Seized from the retail location 2022-07-05
Jungle Juice Max Jungle Juice Max
Poppers
Labelled to contain isobutyl nitrite Wiggles Adult Video
980 The Queensway,
Etobicoke, ON
Seized from the retail location 2022-07-05
Jungle Juice Platinum Jungle Juice Platinum
Poppers
Product with similar packaging (previously seized) was tested and found to contain isobutyl nitrite Wiggles Adult Video
980 The Queensway,
Etobicoke, ON
Seized from the retail location 2022-07-05
Maca Maca
Sexual enhancement
Product with similar packaging (previously seized) was tested and found to contain sildenafil Wiggles Adult Video
980 The Queensway,
Etobicoke, ON
Seized from the retail location 2022-07-05
Master Zone 1500 (Blue) Master Zone 1500 (Blue)
Sexual enhancement
Product with similar packaging (previously seized) was tested and found to contain tadalafil Wiggles Adult Video
980 The Queensway,
Etobicoke, ON
Seized from the retail location 2022-07-05
Passion Classic Passion Classic
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Wiggles Adult Video
980 The Queensway,
Etobicoke, ON
Seized from the retail location 2022-07-05
Pig Sweat Pig Sweat
Poppers
Labelled to contain isobutyl nitrite Wiggles Adult Video
980 The Queensway,
Etobicoke, ON
Seized from the retail location 2022-07-05
Pink Pussycat Pink Pussycat
Sexual enhancement
Product with similar packaging (previously seized) was tested and found to contain hydroxythiohomosildenafil Wiggles Adult Video
980 The Queensway,
Etobicoke, ON
Seized from the retail location 2022-07-05
Poseidon Platinum Poseidon Platinum
Sexual enhancement
Product with similar packaging (previously seized) was tested and found to contain sildenafil and tadalafil Wiggles Adult Video
980 The Queensway,
Etobicoke, ON
Seized from the retail location 2022-07-05
Power Panther Power Panther
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Wiggles Adult Video
980 The Queensway,
Etobicoke, ON
Seized from the retail location 2022-07-05
Red Diamond Viagra Red Diamond Viagra
Sexual enhancement
Product was previously tested by Health Canada and found to contain sildenafil Wiggles Adult Video
980 The Queensway,
Etobicoke, ON
Seized from the retail location 2022-07-05
Red Mamba Red Mamba
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe
Product with similar packaging (previously seized) was tested and found to contain sildenafil and tadalafil
Wiggles Adult Video
980 The Queensway,
Etobicoke, ON
Seized from the retail location 2022-07-05
Rising Phoenix 5K Rising Phoenix 5K
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Wiggles Adult Video
980 The Queensway,
Etobicoke, ON
Seized from the retail location 2022-07-05
Rochefort Rochefort
Poppers
Labelled to contain isobutyl nitrite Wiggles Adult Video
980 The Queensway,
Etobicoke, ON
Seized from the retail location 2022-07-05
Rush Original Rush Original
Poppers
Labelled to contain isobutyl nitrite Wiggles Adult Video
980 The Queensway,
Etobicoke, ON
Seized from the retail location 2022-07-05
Rush Power Pak Rush Power Pak
Poppers
Product with similar packaging (previously seized) was tested and found to contain isobutyl nitrite Wiggles Adult Video
980 The Queensway,
Etobicoke, ON
Seized from the retail location 2022-07-05
Shiva Gold Shiva Gold
Sexual enhancement
Product with similar packaging (previously seized) was tested and found to contain tadalafil Wiggles Adult Video
980 The Queensway,
Etobicoke, ON
Seized from the retail location 2022-07-05
Super Mamba Triple Maximum Super Mamba Triple Maximum
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Wiggles Adult Video
980 The Queensway,
Etobicoke, ON
Seized from the retail location 2022-07-05
USA Black Gold USA Black Gold
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain sildenafil Wiggles Adult Video
980 The Queensway,
Etobicoke, ON
Seized from the retail location 2022-07-05
X Panther 9X X Panther 9X
Sexual enhancement
Labelled to contain yohimbe Wiggles Adult Video
980 The Queensway,
Etobicoke, ON
Seized from the retail location 2022-07-05
Brilliant Skin Essentials Brilliant Rejuv Topical Cream Brilliant Skin Essentials Brilliant Rejuv Topical Cream
Skin lightening
Labelled to contain tretinoin and 2% hydroquinone Jedpar Health and Beauty
Lethbridge, AB
Seized from the warehouse location and removed from online sale 2022-06-16
Brilliant Skin Essentials Brilliant Rejuv Topical Solution (Toner) Brilliant Skin Essentials Brilliant Rejuv Topical Solution (Toner)
Skin lightening
Labelled to contain tretinoin and 2% hydroquinone Jedpar Health and Beauty
Lethbridge, AB
Seized from the warehouse location and removed from online sale 2022-06-16
Brilliant Skin Essentials Brilliant Rejuv Set Brilliant Skin Essentials Brilliant Rejuv Set
Skin lightening
Labelled to contain tretinoin and 2% hydroquinone Jedpar Health and Beauty
Lethbridge, AB
Seized from the warehouse location and removed from online sale 2022-06-16
Aokeman Biaoge Aokeman Biaoge
Sexual enhancement
Product tested by Health Canada and found to contain sildenafil Wah Hing Chinese Ginseng Center
999 36 Street NE #800G
Calgary, AB

Wah Loong Chinese Herbs Ltd.
9650 Harvest Hills Blvd. N #1003
Calgary, AB

Wah Shun Chinese Herbs & Ginseng
25 Heritage Meadows Way SE
Calgary, AB

Seized from the retail location 2022-06-16
Chong Cao Lu Bian Wan Chong Cao Lu Bian Wan
Sexual enhancement
Product tested by Health Canada and found to contain sildenafil Wah Hing Chinese Ginseng Center
999 36 Street NE #800G
Calgary, AB
Seized from the retail location 2022-06-16
Chong Cao Lu Bian Wong Chong Cao Lu Bian Wong
Sexual enhancement
Product tablet and capsule tested by Health Canada and capsule found to contain sildenafil Wah Hing Chinese Ginseng Center
999 36 Street NE #800G
Calgary, AB

Wah Shun Chinese Herbs & Ginseng
25 Heritage Meadows Way SE
Calgary, AB

Seized from the retail location 2022-06-16
Chong Cao Shuang Shen

Chong Cao Shuang Shen
Sexual enhancement

Product tested by Health Canada and found to contain sildenafil and acetaminophen Wah Hing Chinese Ginseng Center
999 36 Street NE #800G
Calgary, AB

Wah Loong Chinese Herbs Ltd.
9650 Harvest Hills Blvd. N #1003
Calgary, AB

Wah Shun Chinese Herbs & Ginseng
25 Heritage Meadows Way SE
Calgary, AB

Seized from the retail location 2022-06-16
Germany Black Ants (Sheng Jing Pian)

Germany Black Ants (Sheng Jing Pian)
Sexual enhancement

Product tested by Health Canada and found to contain sildenafil and ciprofloxacin Wah Hing Chinese Ginseng Center
999 36 Street NE #800G
Calgary, AB

Wah Loong Chinese Herbs Ltd.
9650 Harvest Hills Blvd. N #1003
Calgary, AB

Wah Shun Chinese Herbs & Ginseng
25 Heritage Meadows Way SE
Calgary, AB

Seized from the retail location 2022-06-16
Germany Black King Kong (De Guo Hei Jin Gang) Germany Black King Kong (De Guo Hei Jin Gang)
Sexual enhancement
Product tested by Health Canada and found to contain sildenafil Wah Hing Chinese Ginseng Center
999 36 Street NE #800G
Calgary, AB

Wah Loong Chinese Herbs Ltd.
9650 Harvest Hills Blvd. N #1003
Calgary, AB

Seized from the retail location 2022-06-16
King Kung Fu King Kung Fu
Sexual enhancement
Product tested by Health Canada and found to contain sildenafil Wah Hing Chinese Ginseng Center
999 36 Street NE #800G
Calgary, AB
Seized from the retail location 2022-06-16
Li Long Germany Black King Kong

Li Long Germany Black King Kong
Sexual enhancement

Product tested by Health Canada and found to contain sildenafil and ciprofloxacin Wah Hing Chinese Ginseng Center
999 36 Street NE #800G
Calgary, AB<

Wah Loong Chinese Herbs Ltd.
9650 Harvest Hills Blvd. N #1003
Calgary, AB

Seized from the retail location 2022-06-16
Lu Rong Sheng Jing Wan Lu Rong Sheng Jing Wan
Sexual enhancement
Product tested by Health Canada and found to contain sildenafil Wah Hing Chinese Ginseng Center
999 36 Street NE #800G
Calgary, AB

Wah Loong Chinese Herbs Ltd.
9650 Harvest Hills Blvd. N #1003
Calgary, AB

Seized from the retail location 2022-06-16
Lu Xie Shen Dan Lu Xie Shen Dan
Sexual enhancement
Product tested by Health Canada and found to contain sildenafil, diclofenac and glyburide Wah Hing Chinese Ginseng Center
999 36 Street NE #800G
Calgary, AB
Seized from the retail location 2022-06-16
Vigour 800 Vigour 800
Sexual enhancement
Product tested by Health Canada and found to contain sildenafil and ciprofloxacin Wah Hing Chinese Ginseng Center
999 36 Street NE #800G
Calgary, AB

 

Wah Shun Chinese Herbs & Ginseng
25 Heritage Meadows Way SE
Calgary, AB

Seized from the retail location 2022-06-16

Issue

Health Canada is advising Canadians about unauthorized health products that may pose serious health risks. The table is updated when Health Canada finds unauthorized health products that are promoted for sexual enhancement, weight loss, as a workout aid, as "popper" 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 you should do

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.

Additional information

Previous recalls or alerts
Background

Acetaminophen is a drug that can pose serious health risks, including liver damage, if too much is taken. This may lead to liver failure or, in the most severe cases, death. Early signs of taking too much acetaminophen include nausea, vomiting, lethargy, sweating, loss of appetite and pain in the upper part of the abdomen or stomach. Abdominal pain may be the first sign of liver damage and may not be apparent for 24 to 48 hours. Acetaminophen may also cause serious skin reactions. Symptoms include blistering, skin reddening and rash.

Ciprofloxacin in oral format (taken by mouth) is a prescription antibacterial drug used to treat bacterial infections of the lungs and airways, urinary system, prostate, skin, soft tissues, bones, and joints. It can also be used to treat diarrhea and certain sexually transmitted diseases caused by bacterial infections. Side effects may include nausea, diarrhea, joint pain, itching, and poor kidney function. Rare but serious side effects include disabling and possibly long-lasting tendonitis (tendon inflammation), tendon rupture (including the Achilles Tendon), nerve damage, neurological problems (including seizures), life-threatening heart issues (including heart electrical problems), myasthenia gravis (muscle disease), liver injury, and serious allergic reactions, including death. It is important to use this drug as directed by a health care professional. Misuse or overuse could lead to bacteria growth that will not be killed by ciprofloxacin, and could lead to bacterial resistance (the drug may not work in the future).

Diclofenac is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used to relieve pain and inflammation (for example, pain and swelling associated with certain types of arthritis). In oral format (taken by mouth), it is a prescription drug. Diclofenac increases the risk of serious heart-related events (such as heart attack and stroke), high blood pressure, stomach or intestinal bleeding or ulcers, severe kidney or liver problems, and bleeding or clotting problems. It should not be used by patients who have: severe heart problems; stomach or intestinal conditions; bleeding disorders; a history of asthma or allergic-type reactions after taking diclofenac, acetylsalicylic acid (ASA) or other NSAIDs; severe kidney or liver problems; or high potassium. It should also not be used by children less than 16 years old, or by women in the third trimester of pregnancy or who are breastfeeding. Use in the first and second trimester of pregnancy must be carefully weighed by a doctor and may require increased monitoring. Diclofenac risks may be higher for patients taking other medications, as well as elderly patients.

Glyburide is a prescription drug used to treat patients with type 2 diabetes. Side effects may include severely low blood sugar (which can be life-threatening), stomach or intestinal problems, and serious skin and hypersensitivity reactions. Glyburide should not be used by people who: are less than 18 years of age; have type 1 diabetes; are pregnant or breastfeeding; or have liver disease or kidney impairment. It should also not be used during times of severe stress, such as during infection, mental stress, physical injury, or surgery. Risks may be higher for patients taking other medications, as well as elderly patients.

Hydroquinone is a prescription drug when it is greater than a 2% concentration and a natural health product at a concentration of 2% and under. It is used topically (applied to the skin) to lighten areas of darkened skin caused by different conditions (e.g., sun exposure, skin damage, pregnancy, medications or age). It should not be used by people who are allergic to hydroquinone or who are taking medicines that make their skin more sensitive to light. Hydroquinone is not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women, or children. It should be used with caution in those who have previously had cancer. Side effects include skin reactions such as redness, dryness, cracked skin, burning, stinging, peeling, itching, increased sensitivity to sunlight, sunburn, blisters and scarring. It may cause skin discolouration (i.e., blue or black discolouration or white patches or spots) that, in some cases, can be disfiguring. In laboratory animals, it has been associated with cancer after long-term exposure.

Levodopa, also known as L-dopa, is a prescription drug that is combined with other drug ingredients in anti-Parkinson's medications. It should be used only under the supervision of a health care professional. Levodopa may interact with drugs prescribed for high blood pressure, and should not be used by breastfeeding or pregnant individuals. Among other contraindications or precautions, it should not be taken by people with narrow angle glaucoma, with untreated heart, liver, blood, kidney, lung (bronchial asthma) or hormonal diseases, with a history of melanoma or suspicious skin lesions, or those recently treated with monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitor drugs. Side effects requiring medical attention include: sudden onset of sleep; uncontrollable and abnormal movements of the face, eyelids, mouth, tongue, neck, arms, hands, or legs; severe or persistent nausea or vomiting; an irregular heartbeat or fluttering in the chest; hallucinations; feeling lightheaded when standing quickly; or unusual changes in mood or behaviour.

"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. Nortadalafil is an unauthorized substance that is similar to tadalafil and may pose similar health risks.

Tretinoin in topical format (applied to the skin) is a prescription drug used to treat acne. Topical tretinoin should not be used during pregnancy as it has been associated with birth defects. It should also not be used by those who are breastfeeding or by children under 12 years old, or by individuals who have inflamed or irritated skin, have a previous skin cancer or undiagnosed skin lesions, who are taking medicines that make their skin more sensitive to light, or who have an allergy to tretinoin. Tretinoin may cause pain, irritation, itchiness, redness, or swelling at the site of application. It may damage skin, change skin colour, and increase sensitivity to sunlight or tanning beds, causing sunburns. Using tretinoin in combination with hydroquinone may increase some of the side effects of tretinoin.

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.

Details
Original published date: 2022-06-16
Alert / recall type
Public advisory
Category
Health product - Drugs
Health product - Natural health products
Published by
Health Canada
Audience
General public
Identification number
RA-64274
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