Magic Power Coffee 'aphrodisiac' dangerous: FDA

Magic Power Coffee drinkers should stop using the product immediately, warns the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

In a statement, the FDA said Magic Power Coffee, an instant coffee marketed as a dietary supplement for sexual enhancement, contains an active ingredient that can dangerously lower blood pressure. Sexual enhancement products that claim to work as well as prescription drugs, the FDA said, are likely to expose consumers to unpredictable risks, and can result in potential injury or death.

"Because this product is an instant coffee labeled as an 'all natural dietary supplement,' consumers may assume it is harmless and poses no health risk," said Deborah M. Autor, director of FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Office of Compliance. "In fact, Magic Power Coffee can cause serious harm."

Magic Power Coffee did not immediately respond to a request for a comment.

After analyzing Magic Power Coffee, the FDA determined it contains hydroxythiohomosildenafil, a chemical similar to sildenafil, the active ingredient in Viagra. And like sildenafil, hydroxythiohomosildenafil can interact with prescription drugs known as nitrates, including nitroglycerin, to cause dangerously low blood pressure.

When blood pressure drops suddenly, the brain is deprived of an adequate blood supply, which can lead to dizziness or lightheadedness, the FDA said, adding consumers and health care professionals should be aware of this problem and the health hazard it presents.

The FDA said is not aware of any reported incidents associated with Magic Power coffee, which is distributed on Web sites and online auctions by multiple independent distributors participating in an online multilevel marketing scheme. It is sold in a 2-serving box and a 12-serving carton containing six 2-serving boxes.

Magic Power coffee bills itself as "the world's first passion coffee," one it says works it magic on both sexes. In addition to hydroxythiohomosildenafil, it contains natural herbs including goji berry American ginseng and horny goat weed. Magic Power's Web site also claims its coffee can improve your love life as well as your finances -- the latter by becoming a home-based distributor of their caffeinated love potion.

The FDA advises consumers who experience any negative side effects from sexual enhancement products to consult their doctors and safely discard the product. Consumers and health care professionals should report adverse events to the FDA's MedWatch program at 800-FDA-1088 or online.

During the past several years, the FDA has found many products marketed as dietary supplements for sexual enhancement that contain undeclared active ingredients of FDA-approved drugs, analogs of approved drugs or other compounds that do not qualify as "dietary ingredients." The FDA has also issued multiple alerts about these contaminated dietary supplements.

"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.
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