FDA Reports 13 Deaths Linked to 5-Hour Energy Shots

Posted By The Carlson Law Firm || 15-Nov-2012

A popular caffeinated drink, relied upon by many busy Texans and Americans juggling busy lives, families, school and careers is under fire as the FDA reported as many as 13 deaths and 33 hospitalizations in the past four years, all of which have been tied to 5-hour Energy shots.

The drink, 5-hour Energy, which comes in a small, 2 ounce, “shot” of quick energy provides similar amounts of caffeine as a couple cups of coffee, the company noted. Joining the range of products touting bursts of energy provided by excessive amounts of caffeine, the energy shot has gained negative attention as a result of the FDA’s report.

But while the small, two ounce bottle of concentrated caffeine are in the limelight as consumers report injuries and death tied to excessive caffeine contained within drinks, shots and products on the market, the product is not alone.

Just recently, Monster energy drinks were displayed in the news as the source of the death of a young teen girl, resulting from high levels of caffeine contained in some Monster brand products. Monster drinks have been tied to as many as five deaths, the FDA reported.

Some of the health issues and injuries from Monster drinks and 5-hour Energy types of caffeinated drinks that have been reported to the FDA by consumers include:

  • Heart attack
  • Cardiac arrhythmia
  • Caffeine toxicity
  • Weakened blood vessels
  • Death

One of the criticisms safety advocates have regarding some of the caffeinated drinks on the market is the danger they potentially pose for children and young adults, despite some claims that the products are marketed in a way that appeals to young adults.

Monster drink injuries and deaths caused by 5-hour Energy shots can come out of nowhere, leaving family and friends shocked. If you’ve lost a loved one or experienced injuries caused by 5-hour Energy, Monster energy drinks or other highly caffeinated beverages, call our product liability lawyers in Texas for a free consultation. We care. We can help.

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