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Energy Drinks Linked to Hepatitis

A man who developed acute hepatitis is blaming his condition on binging on energy drinks,

A man who binged on energy drinks for three weeks developed acute hepatitis due to excess vitamin B3 consumption, according to a recent study published in BMJ Case Reports.

Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you got hepatitis or suffered other serious side effects from 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.

What’s the problem?

November 4, 2016 – The patient, a previously healthy 50-year-old man, reported experiencing malaise and anorexia, which progressed to nausea and vomiting after drinking 4 to 5 energy drinks per day at his construction job. The man’s gastrointestinal symptoms initially led him to think he had the flu, but dark urine and yellowed skin indicated that it was something more serious.

The man reported no changes in diet, alcohol, tobacco or illicit drugs, which suggests the energy drinks were the likely cause of his illness. Tests found that the patient had jaundice, upper abdominal tenderness and elevated liver enzymes, all of which are symptoms of liver damage. A subsequent liver biopsy confirmed a diagnosis of acute hepatitis.

Hepatitis is characterized by inflammation of the liver, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). There are five main hepatitis viruses, types A, B, C, D and E. These five types are of greatest concern because of the burden of illness and death they cause, as well as their potential for outbreaks and epidemic. Types B and C in particular can lead to chronic liver disease, and are the most common cause of liver cirrhosis and cancer.

Each bottle of the man’s energy drink contained 40 milligrams of niacin (200% of the recommended daily allowance), which means that he was ingesting 160 to 200 milligrams of niacin daily. While this level is theoretically below the threshold for toxicity, it is similar to that of a previously reported case of hepatitis linked to energy drinks, according to the researchers.

Doctors monitored the patient and helped treat his symptoms. His symptoms disappeared after he stopped consuming energy drinks, and doctors recommended that he avoid any similar niacin-rich products in the future.

Drug-induced liver injury causes about 50% of liver failure cases in the U.S., according to the researchers. The explosion in popularity of dietary and herbal supplements has contributed to the number of drugs and toxins that can lead to these problems.

“As the energy drink market continues to rapidly expand, consumers should be aware of the potential risks of their various ingredients,” the researchers concluded. “Vitamins and nutrients, such as niacin are present in quantities that greatly exceed the recommended daily intake, lending to their high risk for harmful accumulation and toxicity.”

Do I Have an Energy Drink Hepatitis Lawsuit?

The Product Liability Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in energy drink lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new hepatitis cases in all 50 states.

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