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Posted July 19, 2014

Powdered Caffeine Can Be Lethal, FDA Warns

On July 18, 2014, the FDA warned consumers to avoid powdered pure caffeine sold in bulk bags over the internet.

Powdered pure caffeine is a powerful stimulant and very small amounts may cause accidental overdose - just one teaspoon of pure caffeine is roughly equivalent to the amount in 25 cups of coffee. Because it is very difficult to accurately measure powdered pure caffeine with common kitchen measuring tools it can be easy to consume a lethal amount.

The agency is aware of at least one death of a teenager who used powdered pure caffeine.

Symptoms of caffeine toxicity or overdose can include rapid or dangerously erratic heartbeat, vomiting, diarrhea, stupor and disorientation, seizures and death.

The FDA advised consumers who experience and adverse event related to caffeine use to stop using it and seek immediate medical care. Consumers are also encouraged to report adverse events to the FDA via email or phone (see the FDA's warning for contact information).

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To read the FDA's warning, use the link below.