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Energy Drinks Worse for Your Heart than Caffeine Alone: Study

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A new study has linked the side effects of energy drinks to an increased risk for heart problems beyond those seen with caffeine alone.

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What’s the Problem?

April 27, 2017 – The study, which was published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Heart Association (JAHA), compared a caffeinated drink mixture to a commercial energy drink that also contains caffeine. The results indicated that caffeine alone may not be responsible for the heart health problems associated with the beverages.

“For the 1 in 3 Americans who already have hypertension, this increase in blood pressure from consuming energy drinks could pose a potentially serious risk,” said Emily A. Fletcher, Pharm.D., lead author of the study.

Test subjects included 18 healthy men and women ages 18 to 40. Half were given a 32-ounce serving of an unspecified commercially available energy drink. The others received a control drink: 32 ounces of carbonated water, cherry syrup, lime juice, and caffeine.

Each beverage contained 320 mg of caffeine, but the energy drink also contained a “proprietary energy blend,” a mix that included B vitamins, amino acids taurine and L-carnitine, the sugar alcohol inositol, and plant compounds such as panax ginseng extract and guarana extract.

The study’s authors measured the electrical activity of the subjects’ hearts and their systolic blood pressure immediately before consumption of the drink, and 1, 2, 4, 6, and 24 hours later.

At 2 hours, the hearts of the test subjects who were given energy drinks showed evidence of QTc prolongation, a condition sometimes associated with life-threatening changes in the heartbeat. The control group did not experience these side effects.

Fletcher suspects that the “proprietary blend” of ingredients in the commercial energy drink 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.”

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Study Finds Energy Drinks, Alcohol a Dangerous Combo

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Mixing alcohol with highly caffeinated energy drinks may give people a dangerous buzz which increases the risk of serious injury, according to a new study.

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What’s the Problem?

March 23, 2017 – The study, which was published in this month’s Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, found that the risk of injury could be 20 times greater when people drink alcohol mixed with energy drinks.

“When we look at alcohol alone, there’s a clear dose-response relationship,” said lead researcher Audra Roemer. “When you drink more, the risk goes up.”

A person who has one or two alcoholic beverages doubles their risk of injury compared to when they are sober, and with six drinks that risk is increased six times. But when alcohol is mixed with energy drinks, the risk of injury can be up to 20 times greater.

“It’s quite a bit higher than drinking alcohol on its own,” Romer said.

For the study, the researchers looked at 13 peer-reviewed articles on the risk of injury with the use of alcoholic energy drinks. Ten articles showed evidence of an increased risk of injury from intentional behavior, such as violence or attempted suicide, or accidental acts such as tripping or car crashes, compared with drinking alcohol by itself.

“The stimulant effects of caffeine mask the sedative effects of alcohol,” Romer said. “Usually, when you’re drinking alcohol, you eventually get tired and you go home. Energy drinks mask that, so people may underestimate how intoxicated they are, end up staying out later, consume more alcohol and engage in risky behaviour and more hazardous drinking practices.”

It has been estimated that the number of visits to emergency departments involving energy drinks nearly doubled from 2007 to 2011. The researchers caution that additional studies are needed to determine the extent of the increased risk of injury when alcohol is consumed with energy drinks.

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Mother Blames Monster Energy Drink for Son’s Death

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A Florida woman is claiming that just a half can of Monster Energy Drink caused the death of her 19-year-old son.

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What’s the Problem?

February 27, 2017 – Cheryl James is blaming Monster Nitrous for the 2010 death of her 19-year-old son Drew, according to “Action News Jax”.

“There’s no doubt in my mind,” James said. “Something caused that heart attack and it wasn’t an underlying heart problem.”

Although Cheryl James has not filed a lawsuit against Monster Energy Corp., she wants her local school district in Central Florida to ban the sale of all energy drinks.

Local emergency departments told Local 6 they have seen an increase in energy drink-related hospitalizations. Common side effects include heart palpitations, insomnia and anxiety.

A study published in the journal Pediatrics in March 2011 found that teens make up 30 to 50% of the Energy Drink market, and account for nearly half of the caffeine overdoses reported in 2007.

Another study (PDF) conducted by the Substances Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) shows the number of emergency room visits associated with non-alcoholic energy drinks has skyrocketed from just over 1,100 in 2005 to more than 13,000 in 2009, an increase of over 1000%.

Officials won’t say that Drew James’ death was caused by Monster Energy, and that underlying or unknown heart problems may be to blame. However, the young man’s untimely passing has sparked concerns about the risks of caffeine poisoning.

Energy drinks typically contain between 80 and 500 milligrams of caffeine per can or bottle. By comparison, a 5 ounce cup of coffee has about 100 milligrams. A 12 ounce can of Coke has 50 milligrams.

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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.

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Father Claims Monster Energy Drink Killed his Son

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A 19-year-old man died from a heart attack after consuming more than 3 cans of Monster Energy Drink, according to a lawsuit filed by his father.

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What’s the Problem?

January 17, 2017 – Dustin Hood died in 2015 after suffering cardiac arrhythmia, or an irregular heartbeat. His father claims in the lawsuit that Monster Energy Drink killed the teenager due to caffeine overload.

Dustin consumed 3 1/2 cans of Monster Energy in the 24-hour period before his heart attack, according to the lawsuit. Court documents indicate that he collapsed face first on a basketball court after drinking the last can.

Dustin’s father did not reveal any additional details about his son’s death or the lawsuit against Monster Energy. However, he noted that many people had also suffered a heart attack following “acute consumption” of the beverage.

In October 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) released a statement warning that excessive consumption of energy drinks may increase the risk of heart attack and other potentially deadly conditions.

The researchers suggested the following actions to minimize the potential harm from energy drinks:

  • Establishing an upper limit for the amount of caffeine allowed in energy drinks that are in line with available scientific evidence;
  • Regulations to enforce restriction on sales of energy drinks to minors;
  • Enforcing standards for responsible marketing to young people by the energy drink industry;
  • Training healthcare professionals to be aware of the risks and symptoms of energy drinks consumption;
  • Patients with a history of diet problems and substance abuse, both alone and combined with alcohol, should be screened for the heavy consumption of energy drinks;
  • Educating the public about the risks of mixing alcohol with energy drinks, and
  • Further research on the potential adverse effects of energy drinks, particularly on young people.

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Army Issues Warning on Dangers of Energy Drink Side Effects

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The U.S. military is warning troops not to consume too many energy drinks, saying it could do “some serious harm to your body.”

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What’s the Problem?

January 5, 2017 – 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.

For the study, researchers at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research looked at data from over 1,000 soldiers and Marines conducting operations in Afghanistan in 2010. They found that approximately 45% of deployed military personnel consumed at least one energy drink per day, while nearly 14% reported drinking three or more of the beverages daily.

“These products generally are unregulated and can have negative side effects,” the researchers said. “Those who drank three or more drinks a day also were more likely to report sleep disruption related to stress and illness and were more likely to fall asleep during briefings or on guard duty.”

The military has used various methods to keep troops awake in combat, from instant coffee to caffeine-infused chewing gum in military rations. Energy drinks have recently become a staple in war zones across the globe, with many operating bases in Iraq and Afghanistan maintaining large supplies of the beverages.

Although the Army’s warning is specified for troops currently serving, it is still relevant for all consumers, as the energy drinks many of us rely on to stay awake are loaded with caffeine and sugar.

Energy drinks contain an average of 27 grams of sugar each, which is two grams more than the recommended daily allowance for women. If you drink two of the beverages per day, you’ve already have twice your recommended sugar intake.

Excessive sugar consumption can lead to a variety of health problems including weight gain, abdominal obesity, elevated blood sugar levels and type 2 diabetes.

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.

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Alabama Man Has Stroke After Consuming Redline Energy Drink

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Doctors at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) have documented a case of stroke associated with consumption of Redline Energy Drink.

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What’s the problem?

November 29, 2016 – The patient, a 57-year-old man with a history of high blood pressure, reported consuming an 8 oz. bottle of Redline energy about 15 minutes before suffering a brain bleed that caused tingling and shakiness in his arms and legs. He was transferred to the UAB Comprehensive Stroke Center from a local hospital emergency room.

Made by Vital Pharmaceuticals (VPX), Redline is marketed as a workout aide and fat burner. The product’s labeling contains a warning only to drink half a bottle at a time; however, many consumers have failed to either read or follow the warning, and have ended up in the hospital as a result. Considered by Caffeine Informer to be possibly the most powerful energy drink currently on the U.S. market, Redline Energy has a history of sending people to emergency rooms.

“This particular drink contains several supplements for which we have little understanding of their potential interactions with each other or with caffeine,” said Dr. Anand Venkatraman of UAB’s Department of Neurology and lead author of a study published in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine. “One is structurally similar to amphetamines, and several are known to stimulate the sympathetic nervous system.”

The patient’s history of high blood pressure also likely put him at increased risk for stroke, according to Venkatraman. For a patient with pre-existing warning signs for vascular disease, this increase in blood pressure could be dangerous, as a rise in blood pressure can affect an already weakened blood vessel to the point that it ruptures.

In March 2015, VPX reached a settlement with 2 people who claim they were injured by Redline Energy Drink, according to Law360. Plaintiff Adam Mirabella claimed that Redline is “unfit for human consumption” after allegedly experiencing chest pain, lost sensation in his hands and extreme nausea requiring hospitalization. The case was settled out of court after being denied class action certification.

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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Energy Drinks Linked to Hepatitis

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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.

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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.”

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

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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.

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Energy Drink Risks

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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.

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Report Calls for Steps to Reduce Energy Drink Consumption Among Children

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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?

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