A 57-year-old Alabama man with a history of high blood pressure had a stroke after consuming Redline Energy Drink, according to doctors at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).
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What’s the Problem?
November 29, 2016 – The patient drank an 8 oz. bottle of VPX Redline Energy shortly before suffering a hemorrhagic stroke that caused symptoms including tingling and shakiness in his arms and legs. He was subsequently transferred to the University of Alabama’s Comprehensive Stroke Center from a local emergency department to receive treatment.
Dubbed as “quite possibly the most powerful energy drink ever” by Caffeine Informer, Redline Energy is a beverage designed to assist fat loss in bodybuilders and other athletes. The product’s labeling warns to only drink a half bottle (at most) per serving; however, the Alabama man drank two servings and had a stroke about 15 minutes later.
In addition to consuming more Redline Energy than he was supposed to, the patient’s history of high blood pressure likely put him at increased risk of adverse cardiac events, according to Dr. Anand Venkatraman from UAB’s Department of Neurology.
“For a patient who may be at risk for vascular disease, this increase in blood pressure could be potentially dangerous, as a rise in blood pressure can affect an already weakened blood vessel to the point that it ruptures,” Venkatraman said. “This particular drink contains several supplements for which we have little understanding of their potential interactions with each other or with caffeine. One is structurally similar to amphetamines, and several are known to stimulate the sympathetic nervous system.”
According to the product’s labeling, Redling Energy contains the following proprietary ingredients:
- Caffeine Citrate
- Caffeine Anhydrous
- Evoburn (Pure Evodiamine)
- Yerbe Mate
- Green Tea
- 5-HTP (5-hydroxy-L-tryptophan)
- CAMP (adenosine cyclic 3′,5′-monophosphate)
- Yohimbine HCL
Since Redline and other energy drinks are classified as dietary supplements, their ingredients are not regulated by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). In January 2014, in response to an increase in hospitalizations associated with energy drink consumption, the agency issued a number of guidelines “to help dietary supplement and beverage manufacturers determine whether a liquid food product is properly classified as a dietary supplement or as a beverage, and to remind the industry of legal requirements regarding the substances that may be added to either type of product.” However, although the FDA’s heart was in the right place, these were merely guidelines – not regulations.
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