Bodybuilding supplements and sex enhancement products pulled from Calgary shelves

Ryan White, CTV Calgary
Published Wednesday, December 31, 2014 12:12PM MST
Last Updated Wednesday, December 31, 2014 1:02PM MST

Officials with Health Canada have seized a number of products from two Calgary supplement stores and a sex enhancement product has been removed from stores across the country, and online, over health concerns.

Calgary locations of Samson’s Supplements had stocked products which are not approved for sale in Canada as they contain MaHuang (ephedrine) and caffeine, or the prescription drug yohimbine.

The combination of ephedrine and caffeine may cause dizziness, tremors, headaches, heart rate irregularities, psychosis, heart attacks and stroke. People with heart conditions, high blood pressure or diabetes are at risk.

Yohimbine is a prescription drug and, according to Health Canada, should be used under the supervision of a medical professional. Use of the drug may cause serious health concerns. Pregnant women, nursing mothers, and children should not take yohimbine.

The following bodybuilding/weight loss/ supplements have been removed from Calgary locations of Samson’s Supplements:

Samson’s Supplements – 4515 Macleod Tr. S.

  • Nutrex Research Lipo6 Black (Yohimbine)
  • Nutrex Research Lipo6 Black Hers (Yohimbine)
  • Nutrex Research Lipo6 Black Unlimited (Yohimbine HCI)
  • Nutrex Research Lipo6 Black Ultra Concentrate (Yohimbine)
  • West Pharm Yohimbe Extract (Yohimbe)

Samson’s Supplements -1104 4 St. S.W.

  • West Pharm Xtra Lean (Ephedrine and Caffeine)
  • West Pharm ThermaLean (Ephedrine and Caffeine)
  • West Pharm ThermoMAXXX (Ephedrine and Caffeine)
  • Twinlab Ripped Fuel (Ephedrine and Caffeine)
  • West Pharm Yohimbe Extract (Yohimbe)
  • NutraKey Yohimbine HCI (Yohimbine HCI)

Health Canada has also removed Forta for Men, a sex enhancement product which was available at stores across the country, as it contains an undeclared dosage of homosildenafil.

Vivo Brand Management Inc. of Cornwal, Ontario, the distributor of Forta for Men, has recalled the affected lot.

Individuals with cardiac concerns, especially those taking a nitrate drug, are at risk of heart concerns including life-threatening low blood pressure.

Health Canada recommends customers who purchased these items consult their doctor to determine their level of risk.