Energy “drinks” and energy “shots” are marketed as a safe and effective means to provide busy individuals with the extra focus and energy necessary to get through their day. These products have become extremely popular in the United States in recent years, with sales growth and revenue increasing at a consistent rate for over a decade. In fact, Forbes reports that energy drink sales reached well over $6 Billion in 2013.
Unfortunately, the manufacturers of many of these energy drinks fail to inform their customers that the high levels of sugar and caffeine present in these products can be extremely harmful and cause serious adverse side effects.
Many types of energy drinks and “shots” are categorized by the Food and Drug Administration as Dietary Supplements. This means that manufacturers of these products are required by law to report any adverse side effects of their product to the FDA within 15 business days, and must provide any medical information they obtain within a year of the adverse event report.
Reports collected by the FDA about adverse side effects related to these products between 2004 and 2012 reveal that serious and even fatal medical conditions can result from consuming these energy products. Consumers of energy drinks and energy shots from brands including 5 Hour Energy, Rockstar Energy Drink, and Monster Energy are reported to have experienced the following adverse side effects:
• Blood Pressure Fluctuation
• Tachycardia, or Abnormally Rapid Heart Rate
• Tremors and Convulsions
• Heart Palpitations and Irregular Heart Rate
• Heart Attack and Cardiac Arrest
• Disorientation, Dizziness, Nausea and Vomiting
• Renal Failure
• Hemorrhaging and Hematemesis, or Vomiting Blood
• And more
It is important for consumers to remember that these products are not viable alternatives to proper amounts of sleep. The high levels of sugar and caffeine in these drinks may help keep you alert, but they can be extremely dangerous. Consult with your doctor about any possible heart or health conditions that may increase your risk of injury or illness before consuming these products.
Manufacturers have a responsibility to create products that are effective and safe for public consumption. When customers are seriously injured or even killed as a result of a dangerous or defective product, the companies responsible for manufacturing and marketing these products must be held responsible. At Graves McLain, we advocate for the rights of victims that were seriously injured through no fault of their own due to a defective or dangerous product.
If you or a loved one suffered any of the above side-effects after taking an energy drink or energy “shot,” you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, time away from work, pain and suffering. Call the experienced Product Liability attorneys at Graves McLain today at 1-800-390-6600, email us directly or request a free consultation online. When you call, a dedicated and compassionate Tulsa Product Liability attorney will review your case for FREE and help provide the answers you seek.
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