Recent studies have linked the popular 5-Hour Energy drink to serious side effects including heart attacks, convulsions, and at least one case of spontaneous abortion. Over the past four years, 5-Hour Energy has been associated with at least 13 deaths and over 90 adverse event reports (AERS) submitted to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). The 5-Hour Energy Lawyers at Schmidt & Clark, LLP, are currently accepting potential lawsuits on behalf of individuals who were injured or killed by 5-Hour Energy side effects.
5-Hour Free Energy Drink Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been injured by an energy drink, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer and our lawyers can help.
Update: Energy Drinks Linked to Kidney Disease Risk, Study Finds
January 8, 2019 – A new study from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has identified yet another link between the consumption of sugar-laden energy drinks and an increased risk for kidney disease.The study involved a cohort of about 3,000 African American men and women with normal kidney function, and included another study on risk factors for other diseases such as heart disease, hypertension, and stroke. The results indicated that one-third of the cohort that drank the most sugar-sweetened beverages were 61% more likely to develop a chronic kidney disease (CKD) than the third who drank the least.
What’s the Problem with 5-Hour Energy?
Over the past several years, American culture has been steadily moving away from grande lattes and super-sized cans toward shrinking micro drinks to get their energy fix. Manufactured and marketed by Living Essentials LLC, 5-Hour Energy drinks are sold in tiny 1.9-ounce containers known as ‘shots.’ While product labeling does not include information about the amount of caffeine contained in each shot, a recent investigation conducted by Consumer Reports indicated that it could be as high as 240 mg. per serving. According to current FDA regulations, caffeine is Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) for use in soft drink-type beverages at levels up to .02%, or about 71mg per 12oz serving.
According to a recent article published in the New York Times, at least 90 AERS were filed with the FDA over 5-Hour Energy since 2009, including 30 incidents that involved serious injuries. The Times noted 13 deaths associated with 5-Hour Energy, the reports of which were submitted to the FDA by the manufacturer, Living Essentials LLC.
5-Hour Energy Side Effects
Research published in the medical journal Pediatrics found a number of disturbing trends concerning the potential health risks of 5-Hour Energy and other similar beverages, especially among the younger consumers who most often drink the products. Side effects commonly associated with 5-Hour Energy have been reported to include:
- allergic reactions including rash, hives, itching, difficulty breathing, tightness in the chest, swelling of the (mouth, face, lips, or tongue)
- trouble sleeping
- severe fatigue from withdrawal
- breast shrinkage in females
The risk of these complications is significantly increased in younger consumers with the following health conditions:
- cardiac abnormalities
- mood and behavioral disorders
- users of certain prescription medications
America’s Obsession with 5-Hour Energy
In 2011 alone, American consumers spent nearly $1.5 billion on energy shots (the lion’s share of which were 5-Hour Energy) – more than 17 times the $73 billion they spent in 2006. So what’s the allure of 5-Hour Energy? For many, it seems to be the false promise of endless energy with just a few sips. The problem is that 5-Hour Energy packs all the punch of its full-size competitors in less than two ounces, and many consumers find themselves drinking more than one at a time to keep themselves satisfied.
Energy Drinks Worse for your Heart than Caffeine Alone, Study Finds
April 27, 2017 – A new study published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Heart Association (AHA) has linked the side effects of energy drinks to an increased risk for heart problems beyond those seen with caffeine alone. The researchers suspect that the “proprietary blend” of ingredients in commercial energy drinks may prolong caffeine’s activity in the body, prevent it from being excreted, or that these substances “may have activity of their own above and beyond caffeine.”
Energy Drinks Could Poison Children: Study
Reports to poison control centers regarding energy drinks and kids under 6 years old are alarmingly high, according to a new study presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014. Children who consume the beverages may suffer adverse reactions including tremors, seizures, nausea, vomiting, chest pain and erratic heart beats (arrhythmias). Click here to learn more.
The 5-Hour Energy Lawyers at Schmidt & Clark, LLP, represent consumers around the country who have been injured by 5-Hour Energy side effects. If you would like more information about how to file a 5-Hour Energy Lawsuit, please fill out our Free Confidential Case Evaluation at the bottom of this page. If we determine that you have a valid claim, compensation may be available to you for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. Our attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, which means that you pay nothing unless we achieve a favorable outcome in your case. Contact us today to learn more.
Army Issues Warning on Energy Drink Side Effects
January 5, 2017 – The U.S. military is warning troops not to consume too many energy drinks, saying it could do “some serious harm to your body.” A post on the pentagon’s official science blog last week details the health risks of energy drinks, citing a study which found that soldiers were more likely to fall asleep on duty if they consumed multiple beverages a day.
Too Many Energy Drinks May Give You Hepatitis, Study Finds
November 4, 2016 – One man’s daily diet of 4 to 5 energy drinks led him to develop acute hepatitis, according to a study published this week in BMJ Case Reports. Doctors figured the hepatitis was developed from the excessive number of energy drinks, which contain niacin (vitamin B3). Each energy drink had 40 mg of niacin—double the recommended daily intake.
Do I Have a 5-Hour Energy Drink Lawsuit?
The Product Liability & Defective Drug Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in 5-Hour Energy Drink Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury and death cases in all 50 states.
Free 5-Hour Energy Drink Lawsuit Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one has been injured by an energy drink, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing an Energy Drink Suit and our lawyers can help.