FDA Warns Against "Natural" Coffee Aphrodisiac Dietary Supplement

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The US Food and Drug Administration is urging consumers to stop using Magic Power Coffee, an instant coffee dietary supplement marketed as a natural sexual aphrodisiac. The active ingredient, when combined with certain medications, could dangerously lower blood pressure.

Magic Power Coffee contains hydroxythiohomosildenafil, a chemical similar to the active ingredient in Viagra sildenafil. The substance may interact with prescription nitrates, such as nitroglycerin, and cause a sudden drop in blood pressure that could lead to dizziness or lightheadedness due to a reduction of adequate blood supply to the brain.

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"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."

Many dietary supplements containing untested ingredients chemically similar to sildenafil - such as MasXtreme from Natural Wellness, a recently recalled supplement product that contained aildenafil - have been sold to enhance sexual performance. The FDA does not regulate dietary supplements in the same manner as prescription or over-the-counter drugs. Under the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA), the manufacturer is responsible for ensuring a product is safe before it is marketed. The FDA only intervenes once a product is reported to have adverse effects.

Magic Power Coffee is sold on Internet sites and online auctions by several independent distributors. It is packaged in a 2-serving box and a 12-serving carton containing six 2-serving boxes.

The FDA said it was not aware of any adverse incidents so far associated with the product. Consumers should stop using the product immediately and report any adverse events to the FDA’s MedWatch program online at www.fda.gov or by calling 800-FDA-1088.

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