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FDA: Don't use that Viagra coffee!

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The Food and Drug Administration yesterday June 19 issued a warning to alert consumers to the danger of Magic Power Coffee which the sellers claim provides male sexual enhancement.

The problem as the FDA sees it is that the coffee is kind of Viagra because it contains an analog of the chemical used in the prescription drug indicated to treat erection dysfunction or ED.

The chemical of concern is called hydroxythiohomosildenafil, which is similar to the active ingredient used in Viagra known as sildenafil.

According to the FDA, hydroxythiohomosildenafil acts like the Viagra ingredient and it can lower the blood pressure to a dangerous level in men who are taking prescription drugs known as nitrates including nitroglycerin.

"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,” she added.

The drug regulator admits though that to date it has not been aware of any adverse event associated with the use of this so call Magic Power Coffee.

The coffee is distributed as a dietary supplement over the Internet and online auctions and it comes in a 2-serving box and a 12-serving carton containing six 2-serving boxes, the FDA said.

The agency warned consumers not to use the coffee and those who have experienced any negative side effects from any sexual enhancement products like Magic Power Coffee should consult a health care professional and to safely discard the product.

David Liu

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