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Published On: Tue, Dec 16th, 2014

FDA warns of dangers of powdered pure caffeine

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising the public about powdered pure caffeine that is sold on the internet and recommends people avoid these products.

In an FDA Blog today, Director of FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, Dr. Michael M. Landa writes about meeting with the parents of two young men who died after using powdered pure caffeine.

Logan James Stiner, an 18-year-old high school senior, prom king and athlete just days away from graduation, died on May 27, 2014 at his Ohio home after taking powdered pure caffeine. On June 24, 24-year-old James Wade Sweatt of Georgia, newly married and a recent graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, died after being in a coma caused by his use of powdered pure caffeine.

The powdered pure caffeine is exactly that, essentially 100 percent caffeine. A single teaspoon of pure caffeine is roughly equivalent to the amount in 25 cups of coffee.

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Pure caffeine is a powerful stimulant and very small amounts may cause accidental overdose. Parents should be aware that these products may be attractive to young people, the FDA notes.

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.

Parents should recognize that teenagers and young adults may be drawn to these products for their perceived benefits.

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