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Stiff drink: Coffee recalled due to Viagra-like ingredient

By Ben Hooper
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced the recall of a Texas company's coffee after it was found to contain a compound similar to the active ingredient in erectile dysfunction drug Viagra. Photo courtesy of the FDA
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced the recall of a Texas company's coffee after it was found to contain a compound similar to the active ingredient in erectile dysfunction drug Viagra. Photo courtesy of the FDA

July 21 (UPI) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said a Texas company's coffee is being recalled after customers got a rise from an ingredient with a Viagra-like effect.

The announcement said Bestherbs Coffee LLC, based in Grand Prairie, is voluntarily recalling bags of java labeled "New of Kopi Jantan Tradisional Herbs Coffee" after an FDA analysis detected the presence of desmethyl carbodenafil, a chemical similar to sildenafil, the active ingredient in erectile dysfunction drug Viagra.

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The FDA said the undeclared compound could interact with nitrates in some prescription drugs, lowering blood pressure to dangerous levels.

The notice said the coffee was marketed as a "male enhancement" product, but could pose risks to men with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or heart disease.

The FDA said the coffee also contained undeclared milk.

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