CaverFlo advertised Natural Herbal Coffee as an “all-natural” sexual supplement in an instant coffee packet.
In reality, it actually contained sildenafil and tadalafil, the active ingredients in Viagra and Cialis for men with erectile dysfunction, according to a laboratory analysis by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
One death was reported in an individual who drank the coffee. No further details were provided, but combining sildenafil or tadalafil with other medications can cause a sudden drop in blood pressure.
Sildenafil and tadalafil interact with nitrates that are found in many medications for diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or heart disease.
Some men with these health problems also have erectile dysfunction, so they turn to “all-natural” aphrodisiacs, believing them to be safe. The problem is that supplements may contain dangerous hidden ingredients that are not on the label.
CaverFlo Natural Herbal Coffee also contains undeclared milk, another ingredient that is not on the label. According to the FDA:
People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of serious or life threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.”
The recalled products were sold nationwide from August 2016 through February 2017 and packaged in 25-gram packs with UPC 9555671709994. The manufacturer urges consumers to stop using the product and contact their doctor, according to the recall.