May 25, 2018

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Health Canada Issues Warning about Poppers, Enhancement Drugs

Warning and potential health dangers: Don’t Mix Poppers and Enhancement Pills

Unauthorized health products that are promoted for sexual enhancement, weight loss, workout aid, and or poppers, may pose many health dangers.

On January 23, 2018, Health Canada added six more sex enhancement products to it’s unauthorized health products list. Six new items were seized from retail locations in Kitchener, Ontario. The products known as Chao Jimengnan, Fast Hard Gun, Mieligian Cordyceps Tablets, MiniLove, and two products labeled in Chinese, contain undeclared Sildenafil.

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 heath care professional, or a combination of ingredients that Health Canada does not permit because of serious health risks.

When poppers are used in conjunction with Sildenafil, the results could be fatal. Some of the other products on the Government of Canada recalls and safety alerts page include ingredients such as Tadalafil, Vardenafil, which are used for erectile dysfuntion. Zopiclone which is used to treat insomnia, and Yohimbine, which is dangerous as it posses a serious threat to people with high blood pressure, heart, liver or kidney disease.

Earlier in January 2018, products were seized from stores, including an adult store in Calgary, a convenience stores in Woodbridge, and one in Waterloo, Ontario, as well as a supplement store in Kelowna, BC. The enhancement products are packaged under the names of Black Panther Gold, Rush, Titanium 4000, 7K and other products hinting at sexual enhancement.

Be careful of what you take and don’t mix poppers and sex enhancement products. Talk with a health professional about your concerns.

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