Energy drink banned after investigation found to contain Viagra

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It’s fair to say that the vast majority of the time someone buys an energy drink, they need a little helping hand. However, an energy drink in Zambia was banned after it attracted an unsuspecting consumer far more than they ever expected.

Power Natural High Energy Drink SX came to the attention of authorities after a Ugandan man complained about having an erection six hours after drinking the drink. Subsequent investigation revealed that the drink contained sildenafil citrate, the active ingredient in Viagra … Basically, it’s the exact opposite of a carbonated drink.

Power Natural High Energy Drink SX was banned after it was found to contain sildenafil citrate. Credit: Revin Zambia Ltd

Sildenafil citrate is used to treat erectile dysfunction and is normally only available with a prescription and may cause symptoms such as dizziness and redness of the skin in up to 1 in 10 people. It has also been associated with loss hearing and vision problems in some cases.

Since the Zambia Medicines Regulatory Authority complained and the drink was banned, its popularity has actually increased – why just be alert when you can be alert and on your feet?

According to BBC correspondent, Kennedy Gondwe, the drink is still sold in stores in the capital city of Lusaka and the packaging even boasts that the drink “increases libido” and is an “aphrodisiac”.

While these marketing claims may seem misguided – along with the ban and all – they are at least factually correct, which is why the ban was imposed in the first place.

Ndola city council, which forwarded samples to the food and drug lab for analysis, said in a statement that the results showed tampering was taking place.

According to Daily mail, the statement said: “Results from Zimbabwe and South Africa correlated with those obtained from the Food and Drugs Laboratory indicated a positive presence of sildenafil citrate.

“However, the raw material samples tested negative, thus confirming the alleged tampering.

“Ndola City Council has also suspended production of Natural Power SX Energy Drink until corrective measures are put in place to the satisfaction of all the regulatory authorities mentioned.”

The levels of sildenafil citrate found ranged from 68.5 mg to 71.3 mg per 250ml of drink, with the drink normally sold in 500ml cans. When taken medicinally for erectile dysfunction, tablets containing 50 mg of sildenafil citrate are usually prescribed … So yes, that is how the Six Hour Bonk was born.

Revin Zambia Ltd, which manufactures the drink, has not commented on the ban.

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