Adverse health effects linked to energy drinks have been increasing in severity. 40 illnesses and five deaths have been linked to Monster Energy, and 13 illnesses and two lasting disabilities linked to Rockstar Energy.
The FDA in November linked 92 illnesses and 13 deaths to 5-Hour Energy shots revealed by adverse event reports filed by families, patients and doctors.
The new reports detail the events suffered by users of 5-Hour, Monster, and Rockstar energy drinks. These include:
Deaths due to heart attack or suicide linked to 5-Hour Energy
A miscarriage linked to 5-Hour Energy
Convulsions, life-threatening fear, deafness, and hemorrhage linked to 5-Hour Energy
Deaths due to heart attack or loss of consciousness linked to Monster Energy drink
Hospitalization due to irregular heartbeat, severe diarrhea, migraine, psychotic
disorder, heart attack, and/or vomiting linked to Monster Energy drink
Disability from irregular heartbeat or stroke linked to Rockstar Energy drink
Hospitalization due to psychotic disorder, increased heart rate, or loss of
consciousness linked to Rockstar Energy drink
All of these reports are collected by the product manufacturers. As their products are marketed as nutritional supplements, they are required to submit them to the FDA.
A recent test by Consumer Reports found a high caffeine content in energy drinks:
5-Hour Energy contains 215 milligrams of caffeine per serving.
5-Hour Energy Extra Strength contains 242 milligrams of caffeine per serving.
Monster Energy contains 92 milligrams of caffeine per serving.
Rockstar Energy Drink, Double Strength contains 80 milligrams of caffeine per
Rockstar Energy Shot contains 229 milligrams of caffeine per serving.
High doses of caffeine can result in restlessness, nervousness, insomnia, and tremors. High doses can also trigger seizures and unstable heart rhythm.