A coffee that does more than deliver an instant jolt in the morning?
The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers to stop using an instant coffee that says it can deliver a sexual jolt as well.
Magic Power Coffee is coffee with an additional chemical, hydroxythiohomosildenafil, similar to sildenafil which is the active ingredient in the prescription drug, Viagra, reports CNN.
Customers should stop using the coffee because it can lead to dangerously low blood pressure which can cause the brain to be deprived of an adequate blood supply causing dizziness or lightheadedness, says the FDA statement.
The chemical may interact with other prescription drugs, especially nitrates.
Consumers may assume because the coffee is called an “all natural dietary supplement” that it is harmless and has no health risks. Deborah Autor, with the FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research says the coffee and other sexual enhancement products that claim to work like prescription drugs “are likely to expose consumers to unpredictable risks” including the potential for injury and death.
No injuries are reported from the Magic Power Coffee which is available online.
Its label says to “consult a physician before using this product if you have any medical condition including but not limited to, strokes, high blood pressure, heart, liver, kidney or thyroid disease, diabetes, anemia, depression, anxiety, other psychiatric conditions, a family history of these or other medical conditions, or if taking any prescription, OTC and/or other herbal medications.”
Consumers and health care professionals should report problems to the FDA's MedWatch program at 800-FDA-1088.
The FDA is on the lookout for products marked as dietary supplements for sexual enhancement that contain undeclared active ingredients. Many may mimic the effects of FDA-approved drugs, or contain compounds of FDA approved drugs that do not qualify as “dietary ingredients.” Multiple alerts issued by the FDA about these contaminated dietary supplements can be found here.
“The FDA is committed to protecting public health and stopping the illegal marketing of unapproved drugs,” said Autor. “We support vigorous law enforcement and criminal prosecution of violators of safe drug laws. #