Mike Pomranz
Updated September 21, 2016

If you’ve been drinking Stiff Bull Herbal Coffee in an attempt to, as the company phrases it, “maintain an active relationship,” you may want to find another product to keep things interesting in the bedroom. The FDA has warned consumers against using the coffee, saying its ingredients go a bit beyond the herbal additives listed on the packaging.

Last Friday, the FDA posted a public notification titled “Stiff Bull Herbal Coffee contains hidden drug ingredient.” An FDA laboratory test confirmed that alongside the listed blend of herbs which includes things like tongkat ali, maca root and guarana, the coffee also contained desmethyl carbodenafil, a compound that is “structurally similar to sildenafil, the active ingredient in Viagra, an FDA-approved prescription drug for erectile dysfunction.” The FDA further warns, “This undeclared ingredient may interact with nitrates found in some prescription drugs such as nitroglycerin and may lower blood pressure to dangerous levels.”

For its part, the people behind Stiff Bull claim they thought everything they were doing was on the up and up (and up!), instead blaming the problem on its Malaysian supplier. “Prior to this stoppage, the product had been tested by the FDA and they never found any of the hidden ingredients in it,” company president Roger Thompson told Munchies. “But the manufacturer thought it was cheaper to be dishonest, versus paying the extra money for the tongkat ali and the maca root.” Thompson said they’ve since found a new manufacturer and hope to have an FDA-friendly version of their herbal coffee back on the market within the next month.

Meanwhile, the FDA suggests consumers be weary of all non-prescription “sexual enhancement” products. “FDA has identified an emerging trend where over-the-counter products, frequently represented as dietary supplements, contain hidden active ingredients that could be harmful,” the government organization wrote regarding the growing issue with items making the “sexual enhancement” claim. “Consumers may unknowingly take products laced with varying quantities of approved prescription drug ingredients, controlled substances, and untested and unstudied pharmaceutically active ingredients.” Emphatically, the FDA states, “These deceptive products can harm you!”


True, though if you were averse to taking risks, you probably aren’t the kind of person who thinks buying erection enhancing coffee is a good idea to begin with.

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