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CANADIAN AUTHORITIES are taking steps to remove unlicensed drugs that claim to improve sexual performance from the marketplace because they could cause problems such as loss of consciousness, prolonged erections and chest pain.

Canada’s health ministry issued the warning on Friday (May 23) about a product called Desire, which was found to contain the prescription drug phentolamine but was not indicated on the label.

“Use of phentolamine by patients with heart disease can potentially result in serious cardiac side-effects such as low blood pressure, chest pain and abnormal heartbeat,” it said.

“Other side-effects may include dizziness, loss of consciousness, prolonged erection, headache, flushing, nasal congestion, indigestion and abdominal pain.”