Product Liability

FDA warns: sexual enhancement coffee may cause serious harm

Magic Power Coffee, an instant coffee product marketed as a dietary supplement for sexual enhancement, contains an active drug ingredient that can dangerously lower blood pressure, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns. When blood pressure drops suddenly, the brain is deprived of an adequate blood supply, which can lead to dizziness or lightheadedness. Consumers should stop using Magic Power Coffee immediately. The agency warns consumers that sexual enhancement products that claim to work as well as prescription drugs are likely to expose consumers to unpredictable risks and the potential for injury or even death.

The FDA has found several over-the-counter sexual enhancement “dietary supplements” to contain ingredients that are not listed on the drug’s label. In many cases, those active ingredients are the same as in prescription sexual enhancements and carry the same potential for adverse events. With Magic Power Coffee, the FDA collected and analyzed the product and determined that it contains hydroxythiohomosildenafil, a chemical similar to sildenafil, which his the active ingredient in the prescription sexual enhancement drug Viagra. Like sidenafil, hydroxythiohomosildenafil may interfere with nitrates, including nitroglycerin, and cause dangerously low blood pressure. Consumers and health care professionals should be aware of this finding and the health hazard it presents.

“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 is available on Internet sits and online auctions by multiple independent distributors participating in an online multi-level marketing scheme. While no adverse events have been reported with these products, consumers are advised to stop use immediately and to contact their health care professional if they experience any ill effects. Any adverse events with this or any other product should be reported to the FDA MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting Program at www.FDA.gov/Medwatch.