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Health Canada warns against use of weight-loss product containing BZP

  1. Terrapinzflyer
    Health Canada warns against use of weight-loss product containing BZP


    OTTAWA — Health Canada is warning consumers who are watching their weight to stay away from an unauthorized product sold over the Internet that contains a synthetic substance called benzylpiperazine, or BZP.
    The product is RevolutionDS Weight Loss, and is sold in capsule form.

    Health Canada says BZP may cause increased body temperature, increased blood pressure, dilated pupils, increased euphoria, alertness and paranoia, and it is assessing whether to add it to a list of substances that fall under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

    It says the recommended doses on the labels of RevolutionDS Weight Loss products will expose people to levels of BZP that have been associated with serious and life-threatening health consequences, including a Canadian report of cardiac arrhythmia.

    Health Canada says BZP could also interact in a negative way with other substances, such as alcohol and prescription drugs.

    The federal agency notes that the contact person at the website selling RevolutionDS Weight Loss has not been forthcoming in providing all the information needed to effectively recall the product.


    The Canadian Press.
    December 24, 2009

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/canadianpress/article/ALeqM5ion5BtPxD0UPz8Ai0E4PF8S4Aojg

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  1. chillinwill
    BZP weight-loss pills linked to heart problem

    Consumers taking a weight-loss product should avoid an unauthorized product sold online that contains BZP, Health Canada says.


    The capsules are called RevolutionDS Weight Loss and contain a synthetic substance known as benzylpiperazine, or BZP, the regulator said Thursday.

    BZP may cause:

    * Increased body temperature.
    * Increased blood pressure.
    * Dilated pupils.
    * Increased euphoria.
    * Alertness.
    * Paranoia.

    Health Canada is assessing whether to add BZP to a list of substances included in the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

    People who take the recommended dose on the label of the products could be associated with serious and life-threatening health consequences, Health Canada warns.

    There is a Canadian report of cardiac arrhythmia or abnormal electrical activity of the heart associated with the use of RevolutionDS Weight Loss.

    BZP may also negatively interact with alcohol and prescription drugs, and scientific data suggests it has abuse potential given its amphetamine-like effects, Health Canada said.

    The products is distributed by a website called revolutionds.com. Health Canada said the contact person listed on the website "has not been forthcoming in providing all required information to effectively recall the unauthorized product."

    Anyone who has used the product and is concerned is advised to consult a health-care practitioner.

    All drugs and natural health products that are authorized for sale in Canada carry an eight-digit identification number on the label.


    December 24, 2009
    CBC News
    http://www.cbc.ca/health/story/2009/12/24/bzp-weight-loss-health-canada.html
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