Texas Coffee Company Recalls Grounds For Viagra-Like Ingredient

A Texas coffee company has voluntarily recalled one of its roasts containing an ingredient (sildenafil) similar to what’s in the erectile dysfunction drug Viagra, the US Food and Drug Administration announced. The news comes on the heels of an FDA lab report confirming the presence of desmethyl carbodenafil in Bestherbs Coffee LLC’s New of Kopi Jantan Tradisional Natural Herbs blend.

“Desmethyl carbodenafil is similar to sildenafil, the active ingredient in Viagra, an FDA-approved prescription drug for erectile dysfunction, according to the FDA. The undeclared ingredient may interact with nitrates found in some prescription drugs, such as nitroglycerin, and may lower blood pressure to dangerous levels. Men with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or heart disease often take medications that contain nitrates,” CNN reports.

Viagra, a prescription medicine, is used in the treatment of erectile dysfunction and impotence in men. About 50 percent of men over 40 have some degree of ED, Pfizer reports. It works by increasing blood flow to the penis in order to help a man get and sustain an erection when he is sexually aroused or stimulated,

In addition to Desmethyl carbodenafi, the recall notes that traces of undeclared milk were also discovered. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reactions if they consume these products.

Between 2 and 3 percent of children younger than 3 are allergic to milk, the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology states. While about 80 percent of children are likely to outgrow their milk allergy before the age of 16, those who don’t, run the risk of developing hives and an upset stomach, vomiting, bloody stool, or worse, anaphylaxis — a rare, potentially life-threatening reaction that impairs breathing and can send the body into shock.