Health Canada Advises To Avoid Certain Weight Loss Products

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Health Canada Advises To Avoid Certain Weight Loss Products
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Health Canada is advising consumers not to use Karntien, Karntien Easy to Slim, Armstrong Natural Herbal Supplement, Enhanix New Extra Men's Formula, Power 58 Extra and Platinum Power 58 Extra due to concerns about possible side-effects.

Product Description: Karntien and Karntien Easy to Slim are promoted for weight loss. The other four products - Armstrong Natural Herbal Supplement, Enhanix New Extra Men's Formula, Power 58 Extra, and Platinum Power 58 Extra - are marketed for sexual enhancement and the treatment of erectile dysfunction.

Reason for Warning: The Hong Kong Department of Health warned consumers not to buy or use the six products listed above because they were found to contain undeclared pharmaceutical ingredients.

Karntien and Karntien Easy to Slim were adulterated with sibutramine and a compound that is similar in structure to sibutramine (N-desmethylsibutramine). Sibutramine is a prescription drug used in the treatment of obesity and should only be used under the supervision of a health care professional.

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Armstrong Natural Herbal Supplement, Enhanix New Extra Men's Formula, Power 58 Extra, and Platinum Power 58 Extra were adulterated with tadalafil or unapproved substances with structures similar to tadalafil and vardenafil.

Tadalafil and vardenafil are prescription drugs used for the treatment of erectile dysfunction, and should only be used under the supervision of a health care professional.

Possible Side-Effects: Unsupervised use of sibutramine may cause headaches, increased heart rate and blood pressure, chest pain and stroke.

Unsupervised use of tadalafil and vardenafil by patients with heart disease can result in serious cardiovascular side-effects such as sudden cardiac death, heart attack, stroke, hypertension, chest pain and abnormal heartbeat.

Use of tadalafil and vardenafil may also beassociated with other side-effects including temporary vision loss, seizure, prolonged erection, headache, flushing, nasal congestion and abdominal pain. Tadalafil and vardenafil should not be used by individuals taking any type of nitrate drug (e.g., nitroglycerine) due to the risk of developing potentially life-threatening low blood pressure.

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