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

Energy Drink Heart Problems Study

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.

Free Energy Drink Lawsuit Evaluation: If you’ve been injured by the side effects of Red Bull, Rockstar, AMP or other 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 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.

Free Energy Drink 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.

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.

Energy Drinks Could Poison Children: Study

Energy Drink Heart Problems 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. Many of the beverages contain pharmaceutical-grade caffeine – in addition to extra caffeine from natural sources – which can significantly increase a child’s blood pressure and heart rate, leading to severe cardiac and neurological side effects.

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.

What’s the Problem?

More than half of all calls to U.S. poison control centers about energy drinks like Monster and 5-Hour Energy are for children younger than 6, according to Steven Lipshultz, lead researcher and pediatrician-in-chief at Children’s Hospital in Michigan. Lipshultz cautions that people of all ages with underlying health conditions should be wary of the heavily-caffeinated beverages.

“Exposure to energy drinks is a continuing health problem,” Lipshultz said. “You normally think of teens and young adults as most likely to drink them, but we found that half of calls to U.S. poison control centers involved unintentional exposures by children less than 6 years old.”

For the study, researchers looked at 5,156 calls to poison control centers between October 2010 and September 2013 involving energy drink injuries. Most of the calls for children under the age of 6 were because they got their hands on the beverages accidentally. Almost one-third had severe symptoms requiring treatment, including:

  • Tremors
  • Seizures
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Chest pain
  • Erratic heart rhythms (arrhythmias)

In 2012, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) launched an investigation into the safety of energy drinks after an influx of emergency room visits were linked to the beverages. The American Medical Association (AMA) has urged regulators to limit sales to adults. Studies have demonstrated that energy drinks can boost heart rates and cause arrhythmias.

Safety Concerns

Young children, especially those with pre-existing heart problems, may face an increased risk of suffering adverse reactions to energy drinks. Other conditions, such as diabetes and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), may also increase the risk of injury, particularly if these children are taking prescription drugs. Young adults can face risks as well. Consumers ages 20 and older were the most likely to report serious side effects, particularly when they combine the beverages with alcohol, according to the study.

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 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.

Monster Energy Drink Lawsuit

Monster Energy Drink

In recent years, Monster Energy Drink has been linked to at least 5 deaths, as well as numerous reports of serious side effects including heart attack, stroke and seizure. 

Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one was injured by Monster 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: Just 1 Energy Drink Could Increase Cardiovascular Risks, Study Shows

November 8, 2015 – Young adults who consumed one 16-ounce energy drink showed a rise in blood pressure and an increase in stress hormone responses within 30 minutes, which may raise cardiovascular risk, according to a study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The study’s findings were presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2015. Click here to learn more.

Side Effects of Monster Energy Drinks

While it is true that anyone at any age can suffer a caffeine overdose after drinking too much Monster Energy Drink, this risk is particularly high for children. This is especially problematic considering that Monster Beverage Corporation has been accused of marketing its products to a younger audience, and an estimated 30% to 50% of underage consumers drink energy beverages like Monster. In 2007 alone, nearly 5,500 caffeine overdoses were reported in the U.S., nearly half of which were in individuals younger than 19.

A February 2012 study published in the journal Pediatrics found that underage consumers who drink Monster and other similar beverages are at an increased risk for developing the following serious side effects:

  • Caffeine toxicity / poisoning
  • Dehydration
  • Heart palpitations
  • Cardiac arrest
  • High blood pressure
  • Death

The risk of developing these Monster Energy Drink side effects is even greater for individuals who have:

  • Heart problems
  • Mood or behavioral disorders
  • Seizures
  • Take certain medications

The study’s authors concluded by stating: “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. 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 researchers called for additional studies into how energy drinks affect at-risk populations, suggesting that sales and consumption of the beverages be curbed based on the results of the study.

Monster Energy Drink Regulation & Warnings

Monster Energy Drinks are currently classified as ‘dietary supplements,’ a designation that allows them to avoid regulation by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). The legal limit for caffeine in soda is currently 71 mg per 12 ounces, while some energy drinks contain more than 500 mg of the stimulant per 12 ounce serving. Over the past several years, the FDA has received multiple requests from politicians and public watchdog groups to enforce stricter regulations on the energy drink industry.

In 2011, an article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) urged state and federal regulatory agencies to require more detailed warning labels on energy drinks, stating that the beverages are “just as great a threat to individual and public health and safety” as the premixed alcoholic energy drinks recently deemed unsafe by the FDA.

Soon after the article was published, a 14-year-old girl died of ‘cardiac arrhythmia due to caffeine toxicity’ after allegedly consuming two Monster energy drinks. In response to the tragedy, senator Dick Durbin publicly requested that the FDA conduct an investigation into the safety of energy drinks, and that they enforce caffeine limits in these beverages. Senator Durbin joined with Senator Blumenthal in writing a letter to the FDA, in which the senators put pressure on the administration to assert its regulatory authority over caffeine levels in energy drinks.

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.

Researchers Find Association Between TBI and Energy Drink Consumption in Teens

A new study reports teenagers who suffered from traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) within the past year were seven times more likely to have consumed at least five energy drink within the week prior to injury. Researchers also found that teens who reported sustaining a TBI within the past year were at least twice as likely to have consumed energy drinks mixed with alcohol than teens who reported sustaining a TBI more than a year previously. Click here to learn more.

Monster Energy Drink Lawsuits

  • Felts v. Monster Beverage Corporation et al. Case No. 4:2014cv00758

On the morning of Jun. 25, 2012, Shane Felts died after consuming Monster energy drinks. “About 2:00 or 2:30 [am], I heard a thump, he was on the floor in the bathroom,” said Heather Felts, Shane’s wide. She and her 2 sons rushed him to the hospital, but it was too late.

“It’s just like the movies; a doctor kneels down in the front of you and says ‘I’m sorry, we did everything we could but he’s gone,’” she said.

In Aug. 2014, Heather filed a lawsuit in Missouri Western District Court alleging that Monster energy drinks contributed to the wrongful death of her husband.

  • Paula Morris v. Monster Beverage Corporation et al. Case No: RG13685028

Another Monster Energy Drink Lawsuit kicked off on Apr. 27, 2015. Alex Morris, 19, died from a cardiac arrest in July 2012 after allegedly consuming at least two 16 oz. cans of Monster Energy Drink in the 24 hours before his death, and at least two 16 oz cans per day during the three years preceding his death.

The cause of death was listed as cardiac arrhythmia and cardiomyopathy, with toxicology confirming that illegal drugs or alcohol played no part in Morris’ death.

The lawsuit alleges Monster “failed to warn consumers of the true risks, scope and severity of potential side effects of the Monster drinks that Alex Morris consumed such as increased risk of stroke, blood clots, heart attack and cardiac arrhythmia.”

This is the second Monster Drink Lawsuit to go to trial. Monster Beverage Corp. settled a previous case during trial. In all cases, the defendant has denied any wrongdoing.

  • Wendy Crossland and Richard Fournier v. Monster Beverage Corporation et al. Case No: RIC 1215551 

14-year-old Anais Fournier was at home watching a movie when she went into cardiac arrest in December 2011. She was rushed to a local hospital and placed in an induced coma to reduce brain swelling. Six days later she was removed from life support.

The official cause of Anais’ death was listed as caffeine toxicity. She had consumed two 24-oz. Monster Energy drinks on the day she went into cardiac arrest, the last drink just hours before her death. The two beverages contained about 480 milligrams of caffeine, the equivalent of almost 14 cans of Coca-Cola.

Anais’ family filed a lawsuit in October 2012 against Monster Energy for failing to warn about the product’s dangers. The case was entered in California Superior Court (Riverside County).

Do I Have a Monster 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 Monster Energy Drink Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently investigating potential settlements in all 50 states.

Free Confidential Case Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one has been injured by Monster energy drink, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and our attorneys can help.

Monster Energy Drink Lawsuit Filed Over Underage Marketing in S.F.

Monster Energy Drink Lawsuit

This week, the city of San Francisco filed a lawsuit against the Monster Beverage Corporation, claiming that the company is putting children at risk by marketing its highly caffeinated drinks to underage consumers. The complaint alleges that Monster is violating California law by marketing its beverages to children as young as six, even though there is a wealth of scientific evidence suggesting that energy drinks have the potential to cause heart problems, high blood pressure, and seizures. Over the past eighteen months, Monster Energy Drinks have been cited in the deaths of at least five people, according to adverse event reports (AERS) submitted to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration.

Free Monster 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.

What’s the Problem?

The Monster Energy Drink Lawsuit, which was filed on May 6, comes just days after the company filed its own lawsuit against the city of San Francisco and Attorney Dennis Herrera. Monster’s complaint alleges that its constitutional right to free speech was being violated, and that the company was being unfairly targeted, since some of its beverages contain less caffeine than an equivalent size cup of Starbucks coffee.

However, critics have pointed out that Starbucks does not market its products to children.

“Monster Energy is unique among energy drink makers for the extent to which it targets children and youth in its marketing, despite the known risks its products pose to young people’s health and safety,” Herrera said. “Consumption of highly caffeinated energy drinks by children has been widely condemned by pediatricians and scientists, and the NCAA has banned its member institutions from providing these products even to college athletes because of the grave safety risks.”

Monster Energy Drinks have come under intense scrutiny in recent months, following the death of a 14-year-old girl who allegedly died after consuming two, 24-ounce cans of the beverage. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has cautioned that underage consumers should avoid energy drinks, as the risk of caffeine overdose is considerably more likely among children, who are advised not to drink more than 100 mg. of the stimulant per day. Most energy beverages contain more than that, and some have almost three times as much.

Energy drinks such as Monster, Red Bull, and 5-Hour Energy aren’t bound by FDA guidelines for caffeine the way sodas are, due to the fact that they are currently classified as dietary supplements. For this reason, these drinks are not required to list the amount of caffeine they contain on the product label, only that they contain the ingredient.

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

Free Monster 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.