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Safety alert: Health Canada warns sexual enhancement product may pose 'health risks'

The product was previously sold in the Lower Mainland.
Health Canada is warning consumers in 2021 about a herbal sexual enhancement product called Herberex that may pose serious health risks. 

Health Canada is warning consumers about a herbal sexual enhancement product that may pose serious health risks. 

Herberex is advertised as an herbal product for sexual enhancement. While it is authorized as a natural health product, Health Canada testing found that it contains nortadalafil.

Nortadalafil is an unauthorized ingredient that is similar to tadalafil, which is a prescription erectile dysfunction drug that should only be used under the supervision of a health care professional, explains a news release.

Nortadalafil may pose similar health risks as tadalafil. Individuals taking any kind of nitrate drug (e.g., nitroglycerine) should not take drugs like tadalafil as the interaction can cause potentially life-threatening low blood pressure. Individuals with heart problems are at increased risk of cardiovascular side effects such as heart attack, stroke, chest pain, high blood pressure and abnormal heartbeat. Other possible side effects include headache, facial flushing, indigestion, dizziness, abnormal vision, and hearing loss. 

Photo via Health Canada

Health Canada has suspended the product licence for Herberex (NPN 80029339) given the health risks posed by the product. It is illegal for any person or company to sell this product in Canada.

Health Canada previously seized Herberex from three stores:

  • Sinvention Boutique, 390 Douro St Studio 5, Stratford, ON
  • One Stop Love Shop, 44310 Yale Road, Unit 2, Chilliwack
  • One Stop Love Shop, 109 - 32883 South Fraser Way, Abbotsford

What you should do

  • Do not use Herberex. Consult a health care professional if you have taken this product and have health concerns.
  • Report any health product-related side effects or complaints to Health Canada.