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FDA Warning: Avoid Pure Caffeine Powder

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The FDA is warning consumers to avoid powdered pure caffeine, particularly, the variety being sold in bulk bags over the Internet. These products are essentially 100 percent caffeine. One teaspoon of pure caffeine is roughly equivalent to the amount in 25 cups of coffee. The FDA is aware of at least one death of a teenager, thus far, who had used these products.

According to the FDA, pure caffeine is a powerful stimulant and very small amounts may cause accidental overdose. Symptoms of caffeine overdose can include rapid or dangerously erratic heartbeat, seizures and death. Vomiting, diarrhea, stupor, and disorientation are also symptoms of caffeine toxicity. These symptoms are likely to be much more severe than those resulting from drinking too much coffee, tea, or other caffeinated beverages. Unfortunately, teenagers and young adults may seek out these products. Individuals with heart conditions should clearly avoid them.

The FDA wants to know about adverse events associated with powdered pure caffeine and other highly caffeinated products. You can report any adverse reactions to the FDA:

ē By phone at 240-402-2405
ē By email at

Be well, Joan

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