‘Serious health risks’ in unauthorized testosterone products seized at Surrey and Richmond gyms

Health Canada says those with heart conditions, high blood pressure or diabetes are most at risk.

One of two testosterone products that Health Canada has seized from Surrey and Richmond gyms.

SURREY/RICHMOND — Health Canada is warning the public after it seized illegal testosterone products from Next Level Fitness gyms in Surrey and Richmond.

The products, TRT (Testosterone Booster) and Freak’n Test (Testosterone Enhancer), were labelled to contain the prescription drug L-Dopa, which may “pose serious health risks to Canadians,” according to Health Canada.

Those with heart conditions, high blood pressure or diabetes are most at risk.

The two gyms the products were seized from are located at #130-12560 Bridgeport Rd., Richmond and #108-13569 76th Ave., Surrey.

Anyone who has used either of these two products should consult a doctor, Health Canada says.

L-Dopa, also known as levodopa, is authorized as a prescription drug when combined with other drug ingredients in anti-Parkinson’s medications.

It may interact with drugs prescribed for high blood pressures and should not be used by women who are pregnant, plan to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.

Symptoms that can occur while taking L-Dopa include uncontrollable movements of the face, eyelids, mouth, tongue, neck, arms, hands, or legs; severe or persistent nauseau or vomitting; irregular heartbeat or fluttering of the cheats; lightheadedness when standing quickly; or unusual changes in mood or behaviour.

There are a variety of other conditions affected by L-Dopa. Click here for more information or call 1-866-225-0709.

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