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Public advisory

Unauthorized supplements seized from Atomik Nutrition in Châteauguay may pose serious health risks

Starting date:
February 10, 2017
Posting date:
February 10, 2017
Type of communication:
Natural health products
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Unauthorized products
General Public
Identification number:


Health Canada is advising Canadians that it has seized unauthorized health products promoted as workout, weight loss and dietary supplements from Atomik Nutrition at 102-90 Boul. Saint-Jean-Baptiste, Châteauguay, QC (see table below). The products are labelled to contain various drugs, including prescription and controlled drugs, which may pose serious risks to the health of Canadians.

What you should do

  • Stop using these products. Consult your health care professional if you have used these products and have health concerns.
  • Read product labels to verify that health products have been authorized for sale by Health Canada. Authorized health products have an eight-digit DIN, DIN-HM or NPN. You can also check whether products have been authorized for sale by searching Health Canada’s Drug Product Database and Licensed Natural Health Product Database.
  • Report adverse events to health products to Health Canada by calling toll-free at 1-866-234-2345, or by reporting online, by mail or by fax.
  • Report complaints about health products to Health Canada by calling toll-free at 1-800-267-9675, or complete an online complaint form.

Who is affected

  • Consumers who have bought or used these products.
Affected products
Product Name Manufacturer Labelled ingredient(s) Images
Dust Extreme Blackstone Labs 1,3 DMAA (Dimethylamylamine), Caffeine Anhydrous
Dust Extreme
Yohimbine HCl Primaforce Yohimbine HCl
Yohimbine HCl
Insane Cutz Insane Labz Rauwolfia Vomitoria Extract (std. min. 90% alpha Yohimbine)
Insane Cutz
Exo-13 Exothermic Fatburner Prime Nutrition 1,3-Dimethylamylamine, Caffeine Anhydrous, Yohimbine HCl, Bitter Orange Extract 30%
Exo-13 Exothermic Fatburner
Amped Osmo Pharma Corynanthe Extract (Pausinystalia Yohimbe Bark)
DHEA Osmo Pharma Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA)
Dymethazine Osmo Pharma 17ß-hydroxy-2α,17-dimethyl-5α-androstan-3-one azine


1,3-Dimethylamylamine (DMAA) is a drug that is not authorized for use in Canada. Side effects include high blood pressure, shortness of breath, chest pain, stroke and psychiatric effects.

Yohimbine (also contained in Rauwolfia extract) is a prescription drug and should be used only under the supervision of a health care professional. 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, or 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, or pregnant or nursing women.

Rauwolfia is a prescription drug that can be used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). It should be used only under the supervision of a health care professional. People with heart conditions or psychiatric disorders should receive close medical supervision when using it because it can make certain conditions, such as depression, worse. Common side effects include tiredness, sleepiness, depression, nasal obstruction and breathlessness. Rauwolfia should not be used by children, or pregnant or nursing women.

Synephrine and caffeine, when combined, may cause serious adverse effects. Side effects include dizziness, tremors, headaches and irregularities in heart rate. Bitter Orange Extract is a source of synephrine.

DHEA is a controlled drug that 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 hormone-sensitive cancers. Potential side effects include serious cardiovascular disease, and changes in fertility and sperm production. DHEA should be avoided by individuals with a history of abnormal heart rhythms, blood clotting disorders, liver disease and those who are pregnant or breast-feeding.

Mebolazine (Dimethazine) is a controlled drug. Potential side effects include serious liver and kidney damage, as well as psychological changes, decreased sperm count and high cholesterol.

Media enquiries

Health Canada

(613) 957-2983

Public enquiries

(613) 957-2991

1-866 225-0709

What Health Canada is doing

Health Canada seized the products from the retail location. Should additional retailers or distributors be identified, Health Canada will take appropriate action and inform Canadians as necessary.


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