OTTAWA, Dec. 1, 2017 /CNW/ -
IssueHealth Canada is advising Canadians thatthe unauthorized health product "Smart Brain Formulations Serotonin Support" may pose serious health risks. The product is labelled to contain lithium orotate, which is a prescription drug and should be used only under the supervision of a health care
Who is affected
What consumers should do
BackgroundLithium is a prescription drug and is approved for treatment of manic episodes of manic-depressive illness. Common lithium side effects include increased thirst and urination, hand tremors and drowsiness. Severe dehydration has been reported. Intoxication can occur, especially when taken with other medications. Symptoms of intoxication can include vomiting, diarrhea, muscle twitches and lethargy. Patients should take lithium only after receiving a diagnosis and prescription from a health care professional. Otherwise, patients risk inappropriate treatment for their condition and harmful drug interactions or side effects.
E. coli are bacteria that live naturally in the intestines of some animals, and can be found in their feces. People infected with E. coli can have a wide range of symptoms. Common symptoms of E. coli can appear within one to ten days after contact with the bacteria, and include severe stomach cramps, profuse watery or bloody diarrhea, vomiting, nausea and headache. Young children aged 5 and under, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems are more likely to get sick and their symptoms may be more severe.
What Health Canada is doingHealth Canada is following up and will take further compliance and enforcement action as necessary. If additional retailers or distributors of these products are identified, Health Canada will take appropriate action and inform Canadians.
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To learn more about natural health products and other self-care products, visit Canada.ca/selfcare-products.
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