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Posted 15 November 2012 - 14:44

Federal officials have received reports of 13 deaths over the last four years that cited the possible involvement of 5-Hour Energy, a highly caffeinated energy shot, according to Food and Drug Administration records and an interview with an agency official.

The disclosure of the reports is the second time in recent weeks that F.D.A. filings citing energy drinks and deaths have emerged. Last month, the agency acknowledged it had received five fatality filings mentioning another popular energy drink, Monster Energy.

Since 2009, 5-Hour Energy has been mentioned in some 90 filings with the F.D.A., including more than 30 that involved serious or life-threatening injuries like heart attacks, convulsions and, in one case, a spontaneous abortion, a summary of F.D.A. records reviewed by The New York Times showed.

The filing of an incident report with the F.D.A. does not mean that a product was responsible for a death or an injury or contributed in any way to it. Such reports can be fragmentary in nature and difficult to investigate.

The fast-growing energy drink industry is facing increasing scrutiny over issues like labeling disclosures and possible health risks. Some lawmakers are calling on the F.D.A. to increase its regulation of the products and the New York State attorney general is investigating the practices of several producers.

Unlike Red Bull, Monster Energy and some other energy drinks that look like beverages, 5-Hour Energy is sold in a two-ounce bottle referred to as a shot. The company does not disclose the amount of caffeine in each bottle, but a recent article published by Consumer Reports placed that level at about 215 milligrams.

An eight-ounce cup of coffee, depending on how it is made, can contain from 100 to 150 milligrams of caffeine.


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Posted 15 November 2012 - 14:49

Wow who'd have thought a massive dose of caffeine all at once could be a health risk?

Oh that's right, people with common sense.

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 14:53

Glad i dont go near any energy drinks!

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 14:56

5 hour is not that bad. It is just a shot but I know for people not active or heart issues it could be bad.

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 14:59

I know people who buy this, and it says no crashing, and maybe up to an hour after taking it, they start crashing.

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 15:00

Wow who'd have thought a massive dose of caffeine all at once could be a health risk?

Oh that's right, people with common sense.

It's a) not that much, and b) not that harmful. I imagine we'll find most of these claims either involved drinking multiple shots at once, or people with existing heart conditions.

But yes, common sense. You're supposed to limit your caffeine to nearly nothing when you're pregnant anyway.

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 15:02

Wow who'd have thought a massive dose of caffeine all at once could be a health risk?

Oh that's right, people with common sense.

Actually as a consumer i would expect food, beverages and other things sold in a supermarket to be safe for human consuption.

Now maybe i'm just stupid to think that it's just common sense to expect that.

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 23:59

^ I think all the stores care about is that you don't collapse in a few days. :laugh:

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 00:09

I went through a phase of drinking energy shots / drinks etc, after a few weeks I started getting massive headaches, stopped drinking them, no more headaches

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 00:11

Everyones different. I imported a few cans of cocaine years ago (the energy drink, not the drug) and had it along with some other people. Think the record one person had was 4 cans in one night and had to go to hospital a few days later due to urinating blood? None of our hearts messed up though.
Newsflash; if you're sensitive to caffeine, an energy drink, a cup of tea or a cup of coffee can set your heart problem off, it's not JUST some random energy drink.

How many people do you know that get a reaction like that with ibrufin? Not many, though there are people in the world that do.

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 00:17

Ummm...13 deaths in 4 years?

Ummm....there are people dying of natural causes 10 times more than what this stuff is doing.

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 00:20

I knew that crap wasn't good for you. Can't people just freakin wake up early and eat some healthy breakfast?

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 00:23

I call energy drinks Jesus Juice because they will get ya to see your maker

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 00:26

There is nothing wrong with energy drinks, or 5-hour energy... If you are not using them every single day. Maybe once, rarely twice a year I will buy a 5-hour energy, when I really, really need it.

But most people take these things daily, and all I have to say is "What did you think would happen?"

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 00:34

Glad i dont go near any energy drinks!

I heard that! I have enough energy I can't get rid of...but my little brother insists on these things. I keep telling him that they are not good for you, but it works about like talking to a pet rock....can't get it through his thick skull. I've tried them, but they make me feel too weird.