While most energy drinks don’t have as much caffeine as a cup of Starbucks coffee, they are heavily sweetened and easy to drink, which makes them appealing to a younger demographic. For this reason, we have seen a massive increase in hospitalization from energy drink side effects among adolescents and young adults in recent years.
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Top Energy Drink Health Risks
- Cardiac Arrest – The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is investigating at least 5 deaths and multiple reports of fatal and non-fatal heart attack linked to Monster Energy Drink. In addition to the caffeine in energy drinks, the beverages contain “hidden” caffeine in the form of ‘masking agents’ such as gurana, which can increase blood pressure and disturb heart rhythms.
- Headaches and Migraines – Too many energy drinks can cause severe withdrawal symptoms including headaches and migraines, according to Caffeine Informer. Changing the amount of caffeine you ingest on a day-to-day basis can cause more frequent headaches.
- Anxiety – A study published in the medical journal Depression and Anxiety found that energy drinks may trigger anxiety in young men. Among the thousand-plus 20-year-old male test subjects questioned, those who consumed at least one 8.4-ounce energy drink per day reported increased anxiety—and as downing them became more frequent, the anxiety worsened.
- Insomnia – A study investigating the effects of energy drinks on athletes showed that, although in principle their sports performance was seen to improve by between 3% and 7%, there was also an increase in the frequency of insomnia, nervousness and the level of stimulation in the hours following competition.
- Type 2 Diabetes – Because energy drinks are high in sugar, they can raise blood glucose and wear out the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas, which can lead to type 2 diabetes.
- Drug Interactions – Energy drinks can pose serious health risks when taken with stimulants, according to Prevention. Avoid the beverages when taking appetite suppressants, asthma medications and amphetamines such as Adderall.
- Risky Behavior – A study published in the Journal of American College Health showed that teenagers are more likely to take dangerous risks after consuming highly-caffeinated beverages. This could lead to injury and/or legal troubles.
- High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) – Energy drinks might give you a much-needed pep, but they might also be priming you for heart problems, according to a study presented at a March 2015 meeting of the American College of Cardiology. The effect of the beverages was far more prominent in young adults who did not consume caffeine regularly.
- Stomach Irritation – Digestive problems are common with many caffeine-laden energy drinks. According to LIVESTRONG, nausea is a common side effect of caffeine ingestion. Additional gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms may include vomiting, frequent defecation, diarrhea and gas.
- Niacin Overdose – Some energy drinks contain niacin, and one of the side effects is niacin flush. This is the result of niacin increasing blood flow near the skin, which can cause a prickly feeling accompanied by redness. If the symptoms get worse, it can lead to a niacin overdose.
Do I Have an Energy Drink Class Action Lawsuit?
The Pharmaceutical Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in energy drink lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury and death cases in all 50 states.
Free Confidential Case Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one has been injured by an energy drink, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a class action suit and our lawyers can help.