5-Hour Energy has been cited in 13 deaths over the past four years, according to the Detroit Free Press. These reports were received by the Food and Drug Administration.
Over this period of time, 92 people have experienced adverse effects from consuming the energy shot. What’s more, 32 hospitalizations have been associated with the liquid.
“5-Hour Energy takes reports of any potential adverse event tied to our products very seriously,” drink manufacturer Living Essentials said in a statement. “We fully comply with all of our reporting requirements.”
According to The New York Times, the company said it was “unaware of any deaths proven to be caused by the consumption of 5-Hour Energy.” The press release also declared that the product is not an energy drink or a beverage. Instead, it is considered to be an “energy shot” for “busy adults.”
Living Essentials states on its official website that the product in question contains as much caffeine as a 12 ounce cup of coffee from the nation’s leading brand. It also warns customers not to consume more than two of its products in a 24 hour period. These dosages should also be spaced evenly apart.
Regardless of whether or not it’s an energy shot, drink, or beverage, Living Essential’s 5-Hour Energy is now being mentioned in the same breath as Monster Beverage. Both products have been cited in the deaths of several individuals, bringing quite a bit of negative attention to items many believe should be regulated by the FDA.
Drug Expert Mike Gimbel believes drink sizes play a huge role in the side effects people experience after consuming them.
“The problem is the caffeine level on these drinks keeps getting larger and larger and larger because of the combination of pure caffeine and the herbal supplements,” Gimbel said. “So when you think of say two plus two, it’s two plus 10.”
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