Federal health regulators from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) have launched an investigation into the popular 5-Hour Energy drink after it was linked to at least 13 deaths over the past four years. According to the FDA, since 2009 there have been 90 adverse event reports (AERS) filed with the administration over 5-Hour Energy, more than 30 of which were ultimately determined to be ‘serious or life-threatening.’ Side effects of 5-Hour Energy have been reported to include heart attacks, convulsions, and at least one case of spontaneous abortion.
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What’s the problem?
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, an investigation conducted by Consumer Reports indicated that it could range from 6 mg. in their 5-Hour Energy Decaf bottles to more than 240 mg. in their 5-Hour Energy Extra Strength bottles.
And while 240 mg. may sound like a lot of caffeine per serving, a tall cup of premium coffee contains about 260 mg., making the notion of caffeine overdose from 5-Hour Energy a troubling one. Dr. Marc Gillinov, a cardiac surgeon at the Cleveland Clinic, told CBSNews.com that it would take at least 10 grams of caffeine to die from an overdose.
5-Hour Energy isn’t the first energy drink to be investigated by federal health regulators. Last month, the FDA announced that it was looking into the deaths of five people who had consumed Monster Energy drinks since 2004. A recent high-profile lawsuit was filed by the parents of Anais Fournier, a 14-year-old girl who allegedly died after drinking two Monster Energy beverages within 24 hours. Fournier’s parents said they were suing Monster for failing to warn consumers of the potential health risks associated with their products.
Despite the growing controversy surrounding the beverages, energy drinks continue to be ravenously consumed by youths and young adults around the country. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, energy drink-related emergency room visits increased tenfold from 2005 to 2009. In 2008 and 2009, for example, there were 16,053 and 13,114 ER admissions related to energy drinks, respectively. Approximately two-thirds of these cases were deemed to be ‘adverse reactions.’
Over half the visits were by consumers between the ages of 18 and 25 who had used energy drinks along with drugs or alcohol. Men were more likely to be admitted due to a combination of energy drinks and alcohol or illicit drugs, while women’s visits were usually linked to energy drinks and prescription medications.
In a statement, Living Essentials LLC claimed that 5-Hour Energy is a “compact-sized energy shot intended for busy adults,” and not an energy drink or beverage. The company said that each shot contains approximately the same amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee, and that under no circumstances should it ever be consumed with alcohol. Additionally, they stressed that 5-Hour Energy should be taken no more than twice a day, with shots spaced several hours apart.
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