The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning the public to avoid pure caffeine being marketed directly to consumers after an 18-year-old high school senior in Ohio died after ingesting toxic amounts of caffeine powder. Products such as the bulk bags available over the Internet are essentially 100-percent caffeine, and a single teaspoon is roughly equivalent to the caffeine in 25 cups of coffee. These products have the potential to cause serious adverse events, including death. People with pre-existing heart conditions should not use them. “Pure caffeine is a powerful stimulant and very small amounts may cause accidental overdose,” FDA stated. “It is nearly impossible to accurately measure powdered pure caffeine with common kitchen measuring tools and you can easily consume a lethal amount.” The agency wants all consumers to know about the high potency but wants parents in particular to be made aware because teenagers and young adults may be drawn to these products. 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. If you believe that you are having an adverse event related to caffeine, stop using it and seek immediate medical care or advice.

  • Caffeine Fiend

    can you snort it?

  • O_Scotty

    “seek immediate medical care”; isn’t that an oxymoron?

  • Joel Jones

    Ugh… and yet ANOTHER extremely dangerous, easily obtained, product being marketed to my kids. FDA warnings are utterly useless… preemptively ban the f^ck out of this kind of garbage!

  • Cyn Stern

    I’ve never seen the powder; sometimes I take the pills, which are the equivalent of a very strong cup of coffee per dose, and I never take more than one pill at a time. Powders seem as if they could be far too easy to abuse. Maybe the manufacturer should enclose something like a 1/16 or 1/32 tsp. measuring device and give specific information about maximum dosages? The instructions on my pills state that no more than 1 tablet should be taken within a 3-4 hour period, which would amount to a potential maximum dose of 1600mg of caffeine in a 24 hour period–and who would do such a thing? Once, about 30 years ago, I brewed a strong pot of coffee, and my then-BF didn’t share any with me. It was SO delicious that I wound up drinking the entire pot. I was STILL uncomfortably “wired” 12 hours later. Never again! I am also wondering: Are kids (and others) snorting this stuff? What with it being a white powder and all, I wouldn’t it past some folks to think that it’d be like doing a line of cocaine.

  • lifeinorange

    Red bull gives you wings……this stuff gives you a early death.

  • HydrogenBond

    This is awful; I hope it was just an isolated incident!

  • myname

    fda can’t monitor everything these days. world is so crazy. beware.