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carlaf68

Surrey, Canada

#1 Apr 2, 2007
So Sleepees has a similar drug in them to Valium - nice 'herbal' marketing b.s.!! The following is a quote from the Health Canada Advisory:

OTTAWA - Health Canada is advising consumers not to use a product called Sleepees, because it was found to contain an undeclared drug estazolam, which can be habit-forming when used for as little as a few months. Consumers who may still have this product in their homes are advised to consult with a health care professional before they stop taking the capsules, because of the risk of withdrawal symptoms.

Estazolam belongs in the class of drugs known as benzodiazepines, a class of drugs that should only be prescribed by a healthcare practitioner. Estazolam should not be used by people with an allergy to any benzodiazepines, such as Valium (diazepam), Restoril (temazepam) and Ativan (lorazepam), or those individuals affected by the neuromuscular disorder myasthenia gravis or by sleep apnea. Benzodiazepines, including estazolam, should only be used by pregnant women if absolutely necessary, and with caution by the elderly, and those with a history of substance abuse. The side-effects associated with the use of products containing estazolam vary according to the individual and can include dizziness, drowsiness, confusion, depression, loss of memory and hallucinations.
Cant sleep

Canada

#2 Apr 19, 2007
: Buyer Beware! Herbal Supplement Contains Habit-Forming Drug
Health Canada Advises Consumers to Stop Taking Sleepees
FDA Should Do The Same
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Global Health Media
(San Francisco --- Mar. 6 2007)--- What happens when the herbal supplement you’re taking has an undeclared habit-forming drug lurking within it? Big trouble.
The drug could dangerously interfere with other medications, or you could experience a drug overdose by thinking you’re taking a harmless herb and then swallow more capsules believing them to be gentle or natural. You could undergo withdrawal symptoms if you suddenly stop taking it, or you could experience hallucinations, depression, loss of consciousness or more.
Herbs are usually gentler than drugs (but not always), and their effect is often not evident for several weeks. Drugs are usually faster-acting, more powerful and have more side effects. That’s a good rule of thumb if you’re wondering how to compare herbal supplements to pharmaceutical drugs for sleeping aids or anti-inflammatories.
But that guideline only applies when the herbal formula is comprised of safe and effective, commonly used botanicals or herbal extracts prepared by conscientious herbalists who understand dosage and impact. Some herbal formulas, especially those containing Chinese herbs and imported from Asia, have been known to contain drugs. Consumers have been deceived with a supposed cholesterol-lowering herb that actually contained a heavy-duty statin drug. Fake medicines are a growing dilemma with increased worldwide production and distribution raking in hundreds of millions of dollars of profit for counterfeiters.
Cant sleep

Canada

#3 Apr 19, 2007
But fake herbs that contain drugs are another danger, and I fell for one along with several hundred others.

The herbal sleeping remedy known as Sleepees, distributed by Our World Network in Vancouver, BC, contained an undeclared drug, estazolam, a habit-forming class of drugs known as benzodiazepines, such as Valium (diazepam), Restoril (temazepam) and Ativan (Lorazepam). Estazolam should not be used by people with an allergy to any benzodiazepines or those individuals with neuromuscular disorder myasthenia gravis or by sleep apnea.

Last week Health Canada advised consumers not to use Sleepees, ordered an immediate recall and advised consumers to consult with their health care professionals before they stop taking the capsules because of the risk of withdrawal symptoms. Many of the people taking Sleepees were looking for relief from insomnia, interrupted sleep, poor quality sleep. Some of them no doubt suffered from sleep apnea—the exact condition that contraindicates the use of estazolam.

I purchased Sleepees, took it myself and handed it out to clients and friends. However, I grew suspicious about the exact formula of this supposedly herbal sleeping aid when I heard people’s comments. They talked about not awakening for 10 hours, about feeling like they were knocked out, like they couldn’t get over how this herb worked stronger than their former pharmaceutical sleeping pill. I stopped using it and no longer recommended it. The company that marketed Sleepees is a Vancouver, BC-based network marketing firm that asked me to consult on a variety of projects – web design, brochures, audio programs, and a berry drink. I asked to see the herbs in Sleepees and was shown a typed list of ingredients that listed familiar herbs except for one—helicidum—that was unknown to me in North America, but was imported from China. Looking at helicidum’s chemical structure with acclaimed herbalist David Winston, I was stumped. We both thought the structure resembled a drug more than an herb, but didn’t realize that there was an undeclared drug in the capsule as well.
Benzodiazepines, including estazolam, should only be used by pregnant women if absolutely necessary, and with caution by the elderly, and those with a history of substance abuse. The side-effects associated with the use of products containing estazolam vary according to the individual and can include dizziness, drowsiness, confusion, depression, loss of memory and hallucinations.
Cant sleep

Canada

#4 Apr 19, 2007
The product Sleepees is advertised as an herbal sleep aid and is not authorized for sale in Canada. It should also be recalled in the US, and adverse events reports have been filed with the FDA. Consumers who have purchased Sleepees should return the product to the place of purchase: Our World Network in Vancouver, BC. To date, no adverse reactions suspected to be associated with the use of this product have been reported in Canada.

Health Canada also advises Canadians to contact the Health Products and Food Branch Inspectorate if they find Sleepees for sale in Canada.

Consumers requiring more information about this advisory can contact Health Canada’s public enquiries

To report a suspected adverse reaction to this or any other health product, please contact the Canadian Adverse Drug Reaction Monitoring Program (CADRMP) of Health Canada.
stryder

Calgary, Canada

#5 Apr 20, 2007
carlaf68 wrote:
So Sleepees has a similar drug in them to Valium - nice 'herbal' marketing b.s.!! The following is a quote from the Health Canada Advisory:
OTTAWA - Health Canada is advising consumers not to use a product called Sleepees, because it was found to contain an undeclared drug estazolam, which can be habit-forming when used for as little as a few months. Consumers who may still have this product in their homes are advised to consult with a health care professional before they stop taking the capsules, because of the risk of withdrawal symptoms.
Estazolam belongs in the class of drugs known as benzodiazepines, a class of drugs that should only be prescribed by a healthcare practitioner. Estazolam should not be used by people with an allergy to any benzodiazepines, such as Valium (diazepam), Restoril (temazepam) and Ativan (lorazepam), or those individuals affected by the neuromuscular disorder myasthenia gravis or by sleep apnea. Benzodiazepines, including estazolam, should only be used by pregnant women if absolutely necessary, and with caution by the elderly, and those with a history of substance abuse. The side-effects associated with the use of products containing estazolam vary according to the individual and can include dizziness, drowsiness, confusion, depression, loss of memory and hallucinations.
This may be old news to you by now, but I thought it important enough to repeat: the notice mentioned above was actually brought to the attention of Health Canada by the very company that markets Sleepees. Until as late as October, 2006, Health Canada had provided a clean bill of health (sorry for what sounds like a pun) for Sleepees. It was actually an unsanctioned change in the formulation initiated by the contract manufacturer that precipitated an external check by the company that brought this to light. All Sleepees were recalled and replaced with new ones that do NOT contain Estazolam.
Leslie Alexander

Burnaby, Canada

#6 May 1, 2007
Hello,

Interested to hear about Sleepees scam. Bought some before Christmas and knew they were too good to be true - knocked me out in minutes. After a month of using began to notice funny bumps under my eyes, plus started to feel very depressed. Quite using them. Depression and sleeplessness plagued me through January and February. Gradually started to feel better and bumps went away but when construction started next door I went back to Sleepees out of desperation. After one day I began to itch all over. Didn't connect it with Sleepees. Few days ater took another one and woke up with red mark and bump under my eye. Desperate to sleep, took one more two days after that and woke up looking like Rocky after the 12th round. Swollen face and lips, terrible rash all over. Have been like this for six days. Antihistimines help a bit but basically I can't go out of the house, look horrible and of course TOTALLY sleepless. This is hell. Thanks a lot Sleepees!
angry and withdrawing

Vancouver, Canada

#7 May 6, 2007
I have been using three products that were found to have estazolam in them- Serenity2, sleep-ease and sleepees, all were suppose to be chinese herbs from a reputable doctor in Calgary. I feel awful now and I am having terrible GI SYMPTOMS
RESEMBLNG IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME AND AM VERY DEPRESSED. I could not tolerate the "standard antidepressants"
from my G.P. doctor and found these herbs worked very well. Now I know WHY!!! How did these stuff get into all these different formulas out of Vancouver? Did they all come from the same lab?? Someone really should be accountable for this mess!! It has ruined the reputation of Our World Network and has not done much for the reputation of Evergreen Acupuncture either.
Leslie Alexander

Burnaby, Canada

#8 May 8, 2007
Hello,

I am considering contacting a lawyer and starting a class action suit. i have been unable to leave my house for 11 days now as a result of Sleepees. I too suffered depression after withdrawing from them the first time and now have terrible facial swelling and rash after trying them a second time. if you would like to contact me regarding this matter please e-mail me at [email protected]
angry and withdrawing wrote:
I have been using three products that were found to have estazolam in them- Serenity2, sleep-ease and sleepees, all were suppose to be chinese herbs from a reputable doctor in Calgary. I feel awful now and I am having terrible GI SYMPTOMS
RESEMBLNG IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME AND AM VERY DEPRESSED. I could not tolerate the "standard antidepressants"
from my G.P. doctor and found these herbs worked very well. Now I know WHY!!! How did these stuff get into all these different formulas out of Vancouver? Did they all come from the same lab?? Someone really should be accountable for this mess!! It has ruined the reputation of Our World Network and has not done much for the reputation of Evergreen Acupuncture either.
Gillian

Calgary, Canada

#9 May 17, 2007
Leslie Alexander wrote:
Hello,
I am considering contacting a lawyer and starting a class action suit. i have been unable to leave my house for 11 days now as a result of Sleepees. I too suffered depression after withdrawing from them the first time and now have terrible facial swelling and rash after trying them a second time. if you would like to contact me regarding this matter please e-mail me at [email protected]
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Get a job....
Davida

Calgary, Canada

#10 May 17, 2007
Please, what is the source of your information about the formula changing?
Many thanks
stryder wrote:
<quoted text>This may be old news to you by now, but I thought it important enough to repeat: the notice mentioned above was actually brought to the attention of Health Canada by the very company that markets Sleepees. Until as late as October, 2006, Health Canada had provided a clean bill of health (sorry for what sounds like a pun) for Sleepees. It was actually an unsanctioned change in the formulation initiated by the contract manufacturer that precipitated an external check by the company that brought this to light. All Sleepees were recalled and replaced with new ones that do NOT contain Estazolam.
DonW

Calgary, Canada

#11 May 24, 2007
Having tried every herbal sleeping aid and even prescription sedatives, nothing worked as well as the original Sleepees. I had no negative side effects and find the new Sleepees are totally useless. I would like my money back and wished I had bought a lifetime supply of the original. It had none of the side effects of presription sleep drugs such as zoplicone/imovane. The only prescription sleep drug that worked for me was taken off the market
wendy

Calgary, Canada

#12 May 30, 2007
SLEEPEES RE-RELEASED;
SLEEPEES WERE RECALLED 1ST BY THEIR OWN COMPANY IN DEC 2006 AND RE-RELEASED MARCH W/O THE CONTAMINATED INGREDIENT FROM CHINA THAT FOUND IT'S WAY INTO OTHER SLEEP AIDS USING THE SAME INGREDIENT. TO VERIFY THIS, CALL:
CLARA RICHER IN BURNABY BC (HEALTH CANADA)
SHE WAS THE FINAL REFFERRAL OF A LONG LINE OF HC EMPLOYEES WHO CAN ACTUALLY VERIFY SLEEPEES ARE REMIXED ... I LOVE THEM!!! ALSO THE SUSPECT BATCH #'S OF THE OLD CONTAMINATED SLEEPEES ARE POSTED IN THE ORIGINAL ADVISORY FROM HEALTH CANADA
PS: DON'T EAT DOGFOOD!
rukidding

Toronto, Canada

#13 May 31, 2007
Health Advisory aside, how does a substance that can only be prescribed by a health practitioner get into an "herbal" remedy?

Pointing the finger on the contract manufacturer doesn't change the fact that Our World Network was profiting from selling a product that worked, but only because it contained the undeclared drug Estazolam.

Where is this advisory posted on their website?

What were the circumstances associated to allowing them to remix or even re-release this product again? How can consumers tell what batch numbers were effected, and what steps has OWN taken to make sure consumers don't across old batches?

Maybe its best to follow the HC advisory to the letter:

[quote]OTTAWA - Health Canada is advising consumers not to use a product called Sleepees, because it was found to contain an undeclared drug estazolam, which can be habit-forming when used for as little as a few months.[/quote]
wendy

Calgary, Canada

#14 Jun 1, 2007
rukidding wrote:
Health Advisory aside, how does a substance that can only be prescribed by a health practitioner get into an "herbal" remedy?
Pointing the finger on the contract manufacturer doesn't change the fact that Our World Network was profiting from selling a product that worked, but only because it contained the undeclared drug Estazolam.
Where is this advisory posted on their website?
What were the circumstances associated to allowing them to remix or even re-release this product again? How can consumers tell what batch numbers were effected, and what steps has OWN taken to make sure consumers don't across old batches?
Maybe its best to follow the HC advisory to the letter:
[quote]OTTAWA - Health Canada is advising consumers not to use a product called Sleepees, because it was found to contain an undeclared drug estazolam, which can be habit-forming when used for as little as a few months.[/quote]
It got in the 'herbal remedies' the same way the melonine got in the dogfoods! If you scroll to the last paragraph of the advisory, the batches are all there, otherwise ,phone the 1-800-# on health canada's website and ask for Clara Richer in Burnaby. That's the easiest. The new stuff works for me, which I'm profiting from emotionally and financially(The contaminated batchs were no problem for me -child of the 60's) Good luck in catching some sleep. PS: You can call OWN for return instructions(# on their website)
Jack

Calgary, Canada

#15 Jun 1, 2007
I heard on the news the top official in China responsible for checking and OKing substances for export for human consumption such as sleepees and other human consumable items has been found guilty and is to be executed for taking bribes from many manufacturers who have been contaminating their export products. Big eye-opener and another reason we shouldn't be doing trade with 3rd world countries who have no regard for humanity.
and don't eat dogfood!
Disappointed

Salmon Arm, Canada

#16 Oct 13, 2007
Sleepees was a great addition to my wellness centre and I was SO disappointed when they were recalled and found to have a drug in them! Luckily a new wellness tonic has come my way and it's endorsed by Deepak Chopra. CHECK OUT THIS LINK!!! http://selfcentre.amalakifreedom.com
CrankyinCalgary

Beaumont, Canada

#17 Nov 17, 2007
DonW wrote:
Having tried every herbal sleeping aid and even prescription sedatives, nothing worked as well as the original Sleepees. I had no negative side effects and find the new Sleepees are totally useless. I would like my money back and wished I had bought a lifetime supply of the original. It had none of the side effects of presription sleep drugs such as zoplicone/imovane. The only prescription sleep drug that worked for me was taken off the market
Don, I totally agree with you. Dr Chu's Sleepese finally gave me wonderful sleep. I was SOOOO relaxed and I did not have any of the negative symptoms described while I was taking it or after I stopped. I'm in a worse situation now because i'm so tired all the time. And I'm not getting much relief from zoplicone either. Maybe some of our bodies just work best with that herbal concoction and now we've been deprived.
Curious

Kelowna, Canada

#18 Feb 25, 2008
I'm sort of curious why this is resurfacing on W-Five (unless it was a re-run??) 9 months or so after this thread started? If it's all recalled, why would it hit this show like it was a new topic??
Jenn

Calgary, Canada

#19 Apr 24, 2008
I am in the same boat as Cranky and Don W. Sleep Ease from Dr Chu worked "like a dream". I only took it once and a while when I needed to have a really great sleep (sort of to break the cycle of overthinking at night). I found it non-addictive with no side effects. I wish I had purchased a massive supply in 2005...*sigh*
Jenn

Calgary, Canada

#20 Apr 24, 2008
Curious wrote:
I'm sort of curious why this is resurfacing on W-Five (unless it was a re-run??) 9 months or so after this thread started? If it's all recalled, why would it hit this show like it was a new topic??
Because people like to get worked up about non western medical remedies. I don't see W-5 doing episodes on every prescription drug debacle that comes along....

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