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High Levels of Caffeine in Energy Drinks May Cause Heart Problems: Study

Energy Drinks

The high levels of caffeine in energy drinks may lead to severe cardiac complications, according to a new case report published in the Journal of Addiction Medicine.

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What’s the Problem?

August 3, 2016 – The report looked at the case of a 28-year-old man hospitalized after vomiting blood. The patient’s only abnormality (other than obesity) was a rapid heart rate (tachycardia) — approximately 130 beats per minute.

An electrocardiogram revealed atrial fibrillation (a-fib), a common type of arrhythmia that can cause serious complications if left untreated. Subsequent testing found no other heart problems.

The man said he typically consumed 2 Monster energy drinks per day (320 milligrams of caffeine), in addition to 2 to 3 beers. No other causes of a-fib were apparent.

With prescription medications, the patient’s condition improved over 48 hours. Endoscopy revealed a tear in the stomach and esophagus, likely caused by forced vomiting. The man was discharged from the hospital in stable condition; at one year’s follow-up, he had no additional symptoms of a-fib.

Although a number of factors might have contributed to the patient’s condition, the researchers concluded that “We believe that energy drink consumption played a key role,” noting that the 160 milligrams in a single Monster energy drink is about 4 times higher than in a caffeinated soft drink.

The study’s authors reviewed the existing medical literature and found at least 8 cases of cardiovascular events associated with energy drinks like Monster and Red Bull. Mechanisms by which the high caffeine content of these products might lead to cardiovascular events include other ingredients such as taurine which could heighten the effects of caffeine, using energy drinks along with alcohol or drugs, and high stress levels.

This and other studies are “suggestive but not conclusive” that the caffeine in energy drinks may cause abnormal heart rhythms and other cardiac side effects. “We suggest that arrhythmia could be a complication of energy drink consumption,” the researchers said. They recommended that healthcare providers inquire about energy drink consumption in otherwise healthy young patients with unexplained heart problems.

Do I Have an Energy Drink 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 injury and death cases in all 50 states.

Free Confidential Case Evaluation: Again, if you suffered heart problems or other adverse health complications you think may have been caused by energy drink side effects, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.

Energy Drink Risks

Energy Drinks

Energy drinks are among the most popular beverages on the market today, despite being linked to serious health risks and numerous reports of injuries and even death. Here is what you need to know about how and when to consume energy drinks.

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What’s the Problem?

First, it’s important to understand the difference between energy drinks and sports drinks. Energy drinks contain varying amounts of caffeine, taurine, guarana, amino acids, vitamins and sugar that are designed to provide the user with a mental and physical “boost.” Sports drinks, on the other hand, contain carbohydrates in the form of sugars and glucose, as well as electrolytes to replace chemicals lost through sweat.

The main difference between the 2 is the caffeine and other often unregulated stimulants contained in energy drinks. Many of the beverages also claim to include amino acids and vitamins, which together with the carbohydrates, caffeine and stimulants are marketed as increasing performance, concentration and endurance.

The problem is that most energy drinks are loaded with sugar, and in some cases contain over 27 grams per serving. This means that drinking more than 1 energy drink at a time can cause weight gain, insulin resistance, and even increase the risk of type 2 diabetes.

Overconsumption of the beverages may also overstimulate the central nervous system (CNS) and cause restlessness, anxiety and irritability. Energy drinks typically contain up to 300 mg of caffeine, which can result in high blood pressure (hypertension) and increased heart rate (tachycardia).

These effects can hinder the regulation of body temperature, reduce plasma volume and upset the vascular system. Excessive consumption of energy drinks — as well as mixing them with alcohol — can lead to overdose and even death.

According to a study published in the Medical Journal of Australia (MJA), “the phenomenon of mixing energy drinks with alcohol, stimulants and other co-ingestants is clearly a serious concern,” and that “consumers are likely to be unaware of the variation in chemical composition and caffeine dosage in energy drinks, and with little or no warnings on products, the potential for overdose and poisoning remains ever-present.”

Furthermore, caffeine toxicity can mimic amphetamine poisoning and cause seizures, psychosis, cardiac arrhythmias and other serious side effects. Healthier ways of promoting natural energy include eating a healthy diet, getting enough sleep and exercising regularly.

Do I Need an Energy Drink Lawyer?

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 injury and death cases in all 50 states.

Free Confidential Case Evaluation: Again, if you had a heart attack, seizure, stroke or other serious side effects after consuming an energy drink, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.

Report Calls for Steps to Reduce Energy Drink Consumption Among Children

Energy Drinks

A report from the UK’s Food Research Collaboration is calling for increased measures to prevent the excessive consumption of energy drinks among children and young people.

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What’s the Problem?

July 25, 2016 – The report found that consumption of energy drinks among young people is increasing globally, and predicted that the 10-14 year old consumer group will grow by at least 11% from 2014-2019.

It also said that 68% of adolescents (11-18 years old) consumed energy drinks, with 11% drinking at least 1 liter at a time. Among children 10-years-old and younger, 18% consume energy drinks and 12% drink at least 1 liter per session.

The report references studies that link energy drinks to health problems including headaches, stomach aches and sleeping difficulties.

It notes that “there are significant gaps in the evidence base around the health impact of energy drinks. However, the evidence that has emerged so far indicates some effects worrying enough for policy makers and civil society in the UK to take notice and develop a plan for action.”

The British government is scheduled to introduce a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages in 2018 in an attempt to curb childhood obesity. However, the researchers noted the high content of both sugar and caffeine in many popular energy drinks.

A single can of energy drink can contain 160 mg of caffeine, more than the daily recommended intake for an 11-year-old, according to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). The report makes the following recommendations to curb energy drink consumption among young people:

  • Each education authority could have an official responsible for implementing energy drink strategies across all schools.
  • Every local health authority could have a shared policy and strategy on energy drinks and kids.
  • Local authorities could use existing powers in licensing, trading standards and planning, which could limit the sale and consumption of energy drinks by young people.
  • The legalization on the labeling of energy drinks could be reinforced to improve communication about the dangers of caffeine and sugar consumption for children.
  • Energy drinks marketed to children could be made illegal.
  • The government could consider setting limits on the sugar and caffeine content of energy drinks.
  • Legislation could be implemented to ban the sale of energy drinks to children, similar to alcohol and tobacco.

Do I Have an Energy Drink 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 injury and death cases in all 50 states.

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Just One Energy Drink Per Day Can Increase Risk of Heart Problems: Study

Energy Drinks

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, have found that consuming a single 16oz. energy drink per day can raise blood pressure and stress hormones to unsafe levels in healthy young adults.

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Update: Case Report Suggests Caffeine in Energy Drinks May Lead to Cardiac Complications

August 3, 2016 – The high levels of caffeine in energy drinks may cause severe heart problems, according to a new case report published in the Journal of Addiction Medicine. The report looked at the case of a 28-year-old man hospitalized after vomiting blood, and the researchers concluded that “energy drink consumption played a key role” in the patient’s condition.

What’s the problem?

November 8, 2015 – The study, published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), suggests that energy drinks cause measurable increases in both blood pressure and stress hormones. These repeated effects could increase the risk of heart problems over time, according to the researchers.

The study was performed on 25 healthy adults with an average age of 29. On 2 separate days, the test subjects had their blood pressure, heart rate and blood levels of caffeine, glucose and norepinephrine tested 30 minutes before consuming either a 16 oz. Rockstar energy drink or a placebo. These measurements were then repeated 30 minutes after the volunteers finished their beverages, along with some additional stress tests.

The researchers found that norepinephrine levels increased 30.9% with placebo and 73.9% with the energy drink, which suggests that energy drink consumption causes a measurable surge of stress hormones. Blood pressure also showed a considerable increase, rising about 1% with the placebo and 6.4% with the energy drink.

With significant increases to both stress hormones and blood pressure, the study’s authors conclude that “these acute hemodynamic and adrenergic changes may predispose to increased cardiovascular risk.”

The researchers were also careful to point out that this is a pilot study, so the sample size was small and only 1 brand of energy drink was tested. “Further research in larger studies is needed to assess whether the observed acute changes are likely to increase cardiovascular risk,” the authors said.

Do I Have an Energy Drink Lawsuit?

The Pharmaceutical 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 injury and death cases in all 50 states.

Free Confidential Case Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one was injured after consuming an energy drink, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.

Study Finds Link Between Energy Drinks and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) in Teens

Energy Drink Traumatic Brain Injury Lawsuit

Researchers have identified a link between increased brain injuries in teenagers and the consumption of energy drinks or energy drinks mixed with alcohol, according to a new study published in PLOS ONE.

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What’s the Problem?

For the study, researchers looked at how often 10,000 people aged 11 to 20 consumed energy drinks, and whether they had experienced a traumatic brain injury (TBI) — a blow to the head that left them unconscious for at least 5 minutes, or resulted in hospitalization.

“We’ve found a link between increased brain injuries and the consumption of energy drinks or energy drinks mixed with alcohol,” Michael Cusimano, MD, a neurosurgeon at St. Michael’s Hospital and lead author of the study.

Cusimano added that energy drinks can interfere with the recovery process for teens who have suffered a brain injury. Most study participants said their TBI occurred while playing sports, he said.

Additionally, the study found that teens who had a TBI within the previous year were at least twice as likely to have consumed energy drinks mixed with alcohol compared to those who reported sustaining a TBI more than a year ago. The researchers caution that additional studies are needed to better understand the link between energy drinks and brain injury, and to investigate why teens are consuming the beverages so voraciously. The combining of alcohol and energy drinks merits special concern, according to the authors.

About 22% of students said they had experienced at least one TBI in their life, with 6% claiming they suffered a brain injury in the past year.

Most of the popular energy drinks like Rockstar and Red Bull contain high levels of caffeine and cause chemical changes in the body. Additionally, most of the ads for energy drinks feature athletes and are targeted at active young consumers.

Prior studies have shown that traumatic brain injuries are associated with poor academic performance, mental health problems, violence, substance abuse and aggression in teens and adults, all of which can interfere with rehabilitation, according to the authors.

Do I Have an 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 energy drink lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury and death cases in all 50 states.

Free Confidential Case Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one was injured by an energy drink, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.

Redline Energy Lawsuit

Redline Energy Lawsuit

The makers of Redline Energy Drink have been sued for failing to warn consumers of potential adverse side effects and health risks associated with the product.

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Update: Just 1 Energy Drink Can Increase Blood Pressure, Norepinephrine Levels, Study Finds

November 8, 2015 – New research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) has found that drinking one 16-ounce energy drink raised blood pressure and a stress hormone among young adults. Specifically, the study determined that test subjects’ systolic blood pressure rose an average of 6.4% and norepinephrine levels increased 73.6% after energy drink consumption. Click here to learn more.

What is Redline Energy?

Dubbed as “quite possibly the most powerful energy drink ever” by Caffeine Informer, VPX Redline Energy is a beverage designed to assist fat loss in bodybuilders and other athletes. The drink contains the following proprietary ingredients:

  • Caffeine Citrate
  • Caffeine Anhydrous
  • Evoburn (Pure Evodiamine)
  • N-acetyl-tyrosine
  • Yerbe Mate
  • Green Tea
  • 5-HTP (5-hydroxy-L-tryptophan)
  • CAMP (adenosine cyclic 3′,5′-monophosphate)
  • Vinpocetine
  • Yohimbine HCL

Redline Energy Drink is made by Vital Pharmaceuticals, which trades as VPX, and marketed as an energy booster and weight-loss drink. The products are sold in health food stores and health clubs across the U.S.

Redline Energy Side Effects

Redline can have serious, potentially life-threatening side effects for certain users, according to LIVESTRONG. Potential health risks include:

  • Shivering – Redline can cause severe shivering; in fact, the shivering mechanism is one of the beverage’s main weight-loss mechanisms, according to the company’s website, which states that the body releases stored fat in response to shivering. Yohimbe, one of the ingredients in Redline, can cause tremors and dizziness.
  • Rapid heartbeat – Because Redline contains large amounts of caffeine and other stimulants, users may develop a rapid heartbeat characterized by symptoms such as chest pain, a sensation that your heart is pounding, anxiety and a rise in blood pressure. People with an elevated heart rate may also develop aortic stiffness as a temporary side effect of caffeine intake, according to the American Journal of Hypertension.
  • Sweating – Redline induces sweating, which the manufacturer claims increases fat burning. Both green tea and anhydrous caffeine create a thermogenic effect.
  • Anxiety – The caffeine contained in Redline can cause anxiety, possibly leading to full-blown panic attacks. Irritability, restlessness and difficulty sleeping can occur in Redline users.
  • Nausea – Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea can result from excess caffeine ingestion or from yohimbe.

Class Action Lawsuit

A class action lawsuit has been filed against VPX on behalf of a man who alleges Redline Energy Drink caused “adverse side effects [that] resembled a cocaine overdose.” According to the complaint, plaintiff Adam Mirabella “suffered extreme chest pain that felt like a heart attack, he lost sensation in his hands, and he had extreme nausea” after consuming a single serving of Redline.

Mirabella claims he was hospitalized and required 2 days of sedation as a result of drinking the beverage. Plaintiff alleges Redline is unsafe due to numerous ingredients that “are notable for the adverse effects they cause to humans that go well beyond the goal… of energy enhancement.”

The complaint accuses VPX of deceptively marketing Redline as a safe source of energy while being fully aware that it has the potential to cause serious side effects including chills, vomiting, convulsions, chest pain and rapid heartbeat (arrythmias). The class action is: Adam Mirabella v. Vital Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Case No. 12-cv-62086, Florida Southern District Court, Fort Lauderdale.

Lawsuit Update 3/17/15 – Less than 3 weeks after Mirabella attempted his class action against VPX, the motion was denied and the case was settled for the price of a single beverage (less than $5), according to Law360. U.S. District Judge William J. Zloch says he denied class certification because the plaintiffs couldn’t reliably identify class members, and that Mirabella himself couldn’t prove how many servings of Redline he’d consumed prior to his alleged injury.

Do I Have a Redline Energy 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 Redline Energy Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury and death cases in all 50 states.

Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one suffered a heart attack, seizure, stroke or other serious side effects after using a Redline Energy product, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.

NOS Energy Drink Lawsuit

NOS Energy Drink Lawsuit

Our lawyers are reviewing studies and an FDA investigation linking popular energy drinks like NOS Energy to serious and sometimes fatal side effects including heart attack, stroke, seizure and severe allergic reactions.

Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one suffered from a heart attack/heart problems, seizure or other injury after drinking NOS, 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: Just 1 Energy Drink Poses Heart Risks, JAMA Study Finds

November 8 – A single can of energy drink can cause potentially worrisome spikes in blood pressure and in a stress hormone that’s a cousin to adrenaline, according to a study conducted by researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. After just one 16oz. serving of Rockstar, test subjects’ average blood pressure increased by 6.4%, while average norepinephrine levels went up 31%. Click here to learn more.

What is NOS?

NOS is a popular energy drink made by High Performance Beverage Company, which is owned by Fuze Beverages LLC, a division of Coca-cola. The beverage is available in 8 oz and 11 oz bottles, as well as in a 2 oz “Powershot.”

According to Caffeine Informer, NOS has lowered the caffeine content of its energy drinks from 260 mg to 160 mg per 16 oz can. However, many retailers are still selling the 260 mg cans, especially Charged Citrus and Loaded Cherry. Note: Consumer Reports tested NOS and found the old version to contain only 224 mg of caffeine per can instead of 260 mg.

Energy Drink Dangers

Several ingredients in NOS Energy may increase the risk of adverse effects, according to LIVESTRONG. Potential side effects may include:

  • Diarrhea – Caffeine is a diuretic, which means that it flushes water out of your system, which can result in diarrhea. NOS Energy also contains the amino acid carnitine, which may cause diarrhea.
  • Delayed muscle recovery – If you use NOS Energy to help power through your workouts, the drink may actually be hindering your progress. NOS contains antioxidants such as vitamin C and beta-carotene, which, according to Science-Based Medicine could delay muscle recovery.
  • Nerve damage – NOS is high in vitamin B-6, which helps the body metabolize food. However, the vitamin may be harmful in large doses, as it may cause nerve damage that results in numbness or pain in the extremities and impaired walking ability.
  • Increased risk of type 2 diabetes – NOS Energy is high in sugar, with 27 grams in each 8 oz. can. This can be detrimental, as Harvard Medical School suggests that regular consumption of high-sugar beverages can increase the risk of diabetes. Research cited in the May 2008 issue of The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition also indicates that combining caffeine with carbohydrates may also promote insulin resistance.
  • Anxiety – Energy drinks like NOS contain high levels of caffeine, which can increase feelings of anxiety and nervousness, and interfere with a person’s ability to sleep.

Caffeine Count in Energy Drinks: Consumer Reports Video

NOS Energy Sends Teen to Hospital

Dakota Sailor, a teenager from Carl Junction, Missouri, had a seizure and was rushed to the hospital after consuming 2 cans of NOS Energy Drink, according to Caffeine Informer. After conducting a series of tests, doctors concluded the boy’s condition was likely the result of high doses of caffeine contained in the NOS he drank.

Energy Drink Deaths

Since late 2012, at least 17 unreported deaths have been linked to energy drinks, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). This brings the total to 34 fatalities associated with the beverages. Of these:

In addition to the newly disclosed deaths, at least 56 previously undisclosed injuries have been reported to the FDA Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS). These and other serious events resulted in 54 hospitalizations, with consumers experiencing high blood pressure, convulsions, heart attacks, and other side effects after consuming energy drinks.

Study Links Energy Drinks to Traumatic Brain Injury in Teens

September 16, 2015 – A study published today in PLOS ONE has found a link between the consumption of energy drinks by teenage athletes and traumatic brain injury (TBI). The study’s authors determined that teens who reported suffering a TBI in the past year were 7x more likely to report consuming at least 5 energy drinks in the previous week than teens who did not have a TBI. Click here to learn more.

Do I Have a NOS 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 energy drink lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury and death cases in all 50 states.

Free Confidential Case Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one was injured by energy drink side effects, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.

AMP Energy Drink Lawsuit

AMP Energy Drink Lawsuit

Highly caffeinated energy drinks like AMP Energy have become increasingly popular among teens and young adults, despite being linked to serious side effects including insomnia, tremors, heart problems, stroke and death.

Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been injured by energy drink side effects, 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: Just 1 Energy Drink May Cause Blood Pressure & Stress Hormones to Soar

November 8, 2015 – A single large can of energy drink a day may raise the risk of heart problems in young adults, a study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) has found. Within half an hour of consuming the beverages, levels of the ‘fight or flight’ hormone noradrenaline in test subjects’ blood also increased by almost 74%. Click here to learn more.

What’s the Problem?

Energy drinks have become hugely popular over the past 15 years. More than 365 million gallons of the beverages were sold in 2008 alone, according to the Beverage Marketing Corporation.

One of the more popular brands is AMP Energy, a drink made by the Pepsi Company. As the product has grown in popularity — particularly among adolescents and young adults — concerns have been raised about the safety of AMP and other energy drinks, especially in regards to their effects on health when consumed in excess or together with alcohol.

Dangers of Caffeine in Energy Drinks

One of the main concerns about energy drinks like AMP are the high levels of caffeine contained in each beverage. According to the Livestrong Foundation, AMP comes in sizes ranging from 8.4 oz. to 24 oz., with products containing as much as 214 mg of caffeine per can. High levels of caffeine can affect a person’s cardiovascular health by increasing blood pressure, and in some cases can even cause abnormal heart rhythms (arrythmias).

AMP Energy Side Effects

The Medical Journal of Australia (MJA) lists the following side effects of energy drinks, in order of most common to least common:

  • Heart palpitations / tachycardia
  • Tremor / shaking
  • Agitation / restlessness
  • Gastrointestinal upset
  • Chest pain / ischaemia
  • Dizziness / syncope
  • Paraesthesia (tingling or numbing of the skin)
  • Insomnia
  • Respiratory distress
  • Headache

Alcohol and Energy Drinks: A Risky Combination

A 2011 study published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research found that consuming energy drinks with alcohol is more dangerous than drinking alcohol alone. The researchers recommended that energy drink manufacturers put warning labels on their products cautioning that they should not be consumed with alcohol.

For the study, researchers took a cohort of 56 college students and split them into 4 groups. They drank either an alcoholic beverage, an energy drink, a beverage that combined both alcohol and an energy drink, or a drink that did not include either one.

The study found that all students who drank alcohol showed reduced impulse control. However, those who drank the alcoholic energy drink considered themselves less impaired compared to those who drank the same amount of alcohol alone. The researchers say this could make people who drink alcohol and energy drinks together more likely to do something risky like driving while drunk or having unprotected sex.

FDA Warning on Adverse Events Linked to Energy Drinks

In November 2012, the FDA issued a Safety Alert confirming that it had received at least 5 reports of people dying after consuming energy drinks, including 14-year-old Anais Fournier. FDA said there’s no proof the drinks caused the deaths; however, the agency is investigating the safety of the beverages, and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is looking into energy drink manufacturers’ practices, which claim the beverages improve energy and concentration.

Energy Drink Overdoses Blamed for Spike in Emergency Room Visits

A growing number of patients, many of whom are young, are being treated in emergency rooms for complications related to energy drinks like AMP. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the number of annual hospital visits involving the drinks doubled from 2007 to 2011.

In 2011, there were 20,783 reported ER visits in which an energy drink was listed as the primary cause of or a contributing factor to a health problem, compared with 10,068 in 2007. Such problems, which are typically linked to excessive caffeine consumption, can include anxiety, headache, irregular heartbeats and heart attacks, according to the New York Times.

Energy Drinks Linked to TBI in Teen Athletes

Teenagers who sustained traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) in the last year were also more likely to report consuming lots of energy drinks, according to a study published today in the September 16 online edition of PLOS ONE. “We think the common denominator between traumatic brain injuries and energy drinks is sports,” says Gabriela Ilie, author of the study. “Marketing campaigns for energy drinks usually are carefully crafted to include sponsorship of events that are very appealing to this age group, like snowboarding.” Click here to learn more.

Do I Have an AMP Energy 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 energy drink lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury and death cases in all 50 states.

Free Confidential Case Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one was injured after consuming 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.

Rockstar Energy Drink Lawsuit

Rockstar Energy Drink

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has linked energy drinks like Rockstar to serious side side effects including heart attack, stroke, convulsions, heart failure and even death.

Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one was injured by the side effects of Rockstar 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?

If you’re a parent or teacher, or just someone who’s frequently around teenagers or young adults, you’ve probably noticed how often they consume energy drinks like Rockstar. According to the journal Pediatrics, roughly half of all teenagers consume these products, many of whom do so on a regular basis. Unfortunately, these young consumers may be unaware that energy drinks contain high doses of caffeine and other exotic ingredients that make them more likely to produce serious side effects compared to beverages that just contain caffeine alone.

Energy Drink Side Effects

A 2012 study published in the Medical Journal of Australia (MJA) titled Energy Drinks: Health Risks and Toxicity identified the following side effects of energy drinks, in order of most common to least common:

  • Heart palpitations / tachycardia
  • Tremor / shaking
  • Agitation / restlessness
  • Gastrointestinal (GI) upset
  • Chest pain / ischaemia
  • Dizziness / syncope
  • Paraesthesia (tingling or numbing of the skin)
  • Insomnia
  • Respiratory distress
  • Headache

FDA Investigates Heart Attacks, Death Linked to Energy Drinks

In October 2012, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued a report on adverse events associated with Rockstar, Monster and 5-Hour Energy. The agency identified more than 140 complaints over the beverages from January 2004 to October 2012. Some of the injuries resulted in hospitalization and death.

Rockstar Manufacturer Sued After Man Suffers Heart Attack

A man who claims he had a heart attack after drinking up to 4 Rockstar energy drinks within 6 to 8 hours has filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer, according to NBC News. According to the suit, the Rockstar drinks consumed by plaintiff Oscar Maldonado on June 30, 2013, initially caused him to develop shortness of breath and chest pains. The symptoms grew increasingly worse over the next 3 days, after which he was told by his doctors that he was having a heart attack, according to the lawsuit.

Despite Rockstar’s knowledge of the problems associated with its beverages, the manufacturers “mask and otherwise fail to alert consumers like (Maldonado) of the significant risks associated with the consumption of Rockstar energy drinks and did not provide adequate warnings of the dangers of their product to plaintiff,” the complaint alleges.

Maldonado filed the suit against Rockstar Beverage Corp. in Los Angeles Superior Court on June 29, 2015. The complaint seeks unspecified damages and alleges strict product liability, negligence, fraud and breach of implied warranties.

Energy Drinks Linked to Increased Incidence of TBI in Teen Athletes

Teens who drink energy drinks are more likely to get traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) compared to those who don’t consume the beverages, a new Canadian study suggests. Researchers also found that teens who reported getting a TBI within the past year were at least twice as likely to have consumed energy drinks with alcohol than teens who reported sustaining a TBI more than a year previously. Click here to learn more.

Do I Have a Rockstar 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 Energy Drink Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury and death cases in all 50 states.

Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: Again, if you suffered health problems after consuming an energy drink, or a loved one died, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a class action suit and we can help.

Red Bull Lawsuit

Red Bull Lawsuit

Our lawyers are reviewing potential lawsuits for people who were injured by Red Bull, a popular energy drink that has been linked to heart attacks, seizures and other serious side effects.

Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one suffered a heart attack or other serious side effect after drinking Red Bull, 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: Study Shows Just 1 Energy Drink Per Day May Boost Heart Disease Risk

November 8, 2015 – Drinking a single 16-ounce energy drink per day boosts blood pressure and stress hormone responses in healthy adults, according to a study presented today at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2015. These changes could conceivably trigger new cardiovascular events. Click here to learn more.

What’s the Problem?

In today’s fast-paced society, people eat poorly, don’t drink enough water, and don’t get enough sleep. That’s a perfect recipe for fatigue and sluggishness. To combat these symptoms of modern life, more and more people have been turning to energy drinks like Red Bull. However, did you know that Red Bull can actually increase your risk of heart attack, stroke and other serious side effects?

How the Body Reacts to Energy Drinks

After drinking Red Bull, your blood is similar to that of a person with cardiovascular disease. A common misconception is that drinking an energy drink is the same as drinking coffee or soda, since it gives you the same kind of caffeinated jolt. However, the difference is that no one really knows what all the ingredients in a Red Bull are. We also don’t fully understand what those ingredients do to the body.

Red Bull Ingredients

Red Bull’s active ingredients include:

  • Glucose / Sucrose (commonly known as table sugar) – Red Bull has 27 grams of sugar per can, which results in a quick energy rush followed by a crash. Sugar-free Red Bull contains aspartame, acesulfame K and sucrolose, sugar substitutes that have been linked to an increased risk for cardiovascular disease.
  • Caffeine – An 8.3 oz. can of Red Bull contains 80mg of caffeine, about the same as a cup of coffee. Caffeine promotes mental and physical alertness by blocking adenosine, a sleep-promoting chemical in the brain, which in turn forces the body to release adrenaline. Caffeine is the world’s most widely-used psychoactive substance, and over-consumption can cause diarrhea, jitters, racing heartbeat (arrhythmias) and nervousness.
  • Taurine (2-aminoethanesulfonic acid) – Amino acid naturally found in the lower intestine that helps move minerals through the system and generate nerve impulses. A can of Red Bull contains 1000mg of taurine, and although Red Bull containing this ingredient was banned in France for a short time, the ban was reversed and taurine is now generally considered safe.
  • Glucuronolactone – Naturally-occurring stimulant found in connective tissues and plant gums which boasts mild antidepressant properties that help improve memory and concentration. Glucuronolactone also has detoxifying effects and can aid in the removal of wastes from the body.
  • Inositol – Mood booster that helps the brain use serotonin. Inositol is found in many foods including oranges, cantaloupes, nuts and beans.
  • D-Pantothenol – Essential nutrient that improves mood, boosts metabolism and helps convert fat into energy.
  • Pyridoxine HCL (Vitamin B6) – Helps the body form red blood cells and use oxygen, which improves mood and energy levels.

What are the Trade-Offs?

Just glancing at its active ingredients, it’s easy to see why “Red Bull gives you wings;” however, the feeling of energy created by the drink has an equally powerful counter effect that takes you in the opposite direction.

Ironically, the most dangerous ingredients in Red Bull are the ones consumers crave most – caffeine and sugar. All the other active ingredients come in small doses that are unlikely to hurt your system.

Energy Drink Studies

A February 2011 study published in the journal Pediatrics found that energy drinks have no therapeutic benefit, and that many of their ingredients are unregulated and understudied.

“The known and unknown pharmacology of agents included in such drinks, combined with reports of toxicity, raises concern for potentially serious adverse effects in association with energy-drink use,” the researchers wrote. “In the short-term, pediatricians need to be aware of the possible effects of energy drinks in vulnerable populations and screen for consumption to educate families.”

The study’s authors recommended that additional research needs to be conducted into the long-term side effects of energy drinks, and that the sale and regulation of such products should be based upon comprehensive analysis.

Red Bull Side Effects

According to the Pediatrics study, energy drinks like Red Bull are consumed by up to half of all adolescents and young adults. Side effects of these beverages may include:

  • Dizziness
  • Irritability
  • Nausea
  • Nervousness
  • Jitters
  • Allergic reactions
  • Headache
  • Severe fatigue from withdrawal
  • Breast shrinkage in females

Risk Factors

Side effects of energy drinks may be increased in people with the following risk factors:

  • Epilepsy
  • Seizures
  • Diabetes
  • Cardiac abnormalities
  • Mood / behavioral disorders
  • Prescription drug use

Canadian Study Links TBI and Energy Drink Consumption by Teens

Teens who drink lots of energy drinks are more likely to get head injuries than those who don’t consume the beverages, a new Canadian study suggests. Students were asked about their energy drink consumption, as well as whether they had experienced a traumatic brain injury (TBI), meaning they had sustained a blow to the head that left them unconscious for at least 5 minutes, or resulted in an overnight hospital stay. Click here to learn more.

The Dangers of Mixing Energy Drinks and Alcohol

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), when alcoholic beverages are mixed with energy drinks, the caffeine in the drinks can mask the depressant effects of alcohol.

“Drinkers who consume alcohol mixed with energy drinks are 3 times more likely to binge drink (based on breath alcohol levels) than drinkers who do not report mixing alcohol with energy drinks,” CDC said.

Wrongful Death Lawsuit

33-year-old Cory Terry suffered a fatal heart attack during a 2011 basketball game after drinking Red Bull, according to the Huffington Post. An $85 million lawsuit filed on behalf of Terry alleges that Red Bull contains “extra stimulants that make it different than a cup of coffee,” and that those additives “are more dangerous than what Red Bull lets on.”

Although genetics or pre-existing health factors may have contributed to Terry’s premature death, his family contends that he was a non-smoker who led an active lifestyle.

Red Bull to Pay $13 to Settle False Advertising Lawsuit

In October 2014, Red Bull agreed to pay more than $13 million to resolve a lawsuit seeking class action status to settle claims of false advertising. According to the Telegraph, plaintiff Benjamin Careathers sued the company, arguing that after a decade of drinking Red Bull he neither had wings, as the slogan promised, nor enhanced athletic or intellectual performance of any kind.

Fearful of a costly and time-consuming trial, the Austria-based energy drink maker was forced to settle out of court, agreeing to amend future advertising and refund $10 to any U.S. customer who bought the drink since 2002.

Do I Have a Red Bull 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 Red Bull Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury and death cases in all 50 states.

Free Confidential Case Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one was injured after consuming Red Bull energy drink, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.