Foreign Product Alert: Zyrexin

Starting date:
March 27, 2014
Posting date:
March 27, 2014
Type of communication:
Foreign Product Alert (FPA)
Subcategory:
Drugs
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Issue:
Undeclared Substance
Audience:
General Public
Identification number:
RA-38713

Introduction

An unauthorized drug, Zyrexin, tested by Health Canada at the border was found to contain a hidden prescription drug ingredient (Yohimbine) that may pose serious risks to the health of Canadians.

Although there is currently no indication that Zyrexin is being sold on the Canadian market, consumers may have purchased it online or while travelling abroad through importation for personal use.

Health Canada is working with the Canada Border Services Agency to help prevent any shipments of this product from entering into Canada. 

Affected products

  • Zyrexin

Zyrexin

Product description

This product is promoted for sexual enhancement.

Hazard identified

Yohimbine is a prescription drug in Canada and should only be taken under the supervision of a healthcare professional. 

Place of origin

Health Smart U.S.A.
Los Angeles, California

Side effects

The use of any unauthorized drugs containing Yohimbine may result in serious adverse reactions, particularly in people with high blood pressure, heart, kidney or liver disease. It should not be used by children, pregnant or nursing women.

Side effects associated with Yohimbine include abnormal blood pressure and heartbeat, anxiety, tremors, headache, nausea and sleep disorders.

What you should do

Health Canada advises Canadians to contact the Health Products and Food Branch Inspectorate at 1-800-267-9675 if they find the products listed above in the Canadian marketplace.

Canadians who have these products are advised not to use them, and should consult with a healthcare professional if they have concerns about their health related to the use of these products.

Background

Drugs and natural health products that are authorized for sale in Canada will have an eight-digit Drug Identification Number (DIN), a Natural Product Number (NPN) or a Homeopathic Medicine Number (DIN-HM) on the label. These numbers indicate that the products have been assessed by Health Canada for safety, effectiveness and quality.

As of February 10, 2014, no adverse reactions suspected to be associated with the use of this product have been reported to Health Canada.

Report a health or safety concern

To report a side effect to a health product to Health Canada:

  • Call toll-free at 1-866-234-2345
  • Visit Health Canada's Web page on Adverse Reaction Reporting for information on how to report online, by mail or by fax

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