We lead hectic lives, and many of us rely on caffeinated drinks to give us more energy. Energy drinks and energy shots became available several years ago, and kids and adults have consumed them before making long trips, to help them stay up late to study for exams, and even to mix with alcohol.
Unfortunately, serious health problems with these energy drinks have begun to surface. If you were hurt or injured, or if someone you love died due to any of these products filled with high levels of caffeine, contact the Pennsylvania law firm of Edgar Snyder & Associates for a free legal consultation.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently reported that five people may have died or been seriously injured after drinking Monster Energy Drinks due to complications such as:
Additionally, In November 2010, the University of Texas Medical School at Houston reported that caffeine combined with other ingredients found in energy drinks (sometimes not reported correctly on labels) may interact. People react differently to the ingredients and level of caffeine found in energy drinks. Energy drinks consumed with alcohol can cause serious problems as well.
Energy "shots" are small amounts of highly-caffeinated drinks. They've risen quickly in popularity, because they include similar levels of caffeine as other energy drinks, but with fewer calories. Energy shots are usually marketed as dietary supplements, rather than drinks.
The FDA also recently reported that 5-Hour Energy may have contributed to 13 deaths. Victims reported suffering similar effects as energy drinks: heart attacks, irregular heart beat, convulsions, and in once case even a spontaneous abortion.
Types of Energy Drinks include:
Types of Energy Shots include:
*The FDA doesn't currently require companies that produce energy drinks to put the amount of caffeine on their products.