Skip to comments.Five-Hour Energy Linked to Heart Attacks, 'Spontaneous Abortion'
Posted on 11/15/2012 9:23:27 AM PST by NormsRevenge
You know those little vials of who-knows-what that TV bills as a healthier alternative to energy drinks. Turns out they might make you die. Or to be more specific, the flavored energy shot "has been mentioned in some 90 filings with the F.D.A., including more than 30 that involved serious or life-threatening injuries like heart attacks, convulsions and, in one case, a spontaneous abortion," according to a New York Times investigation.
Don't worry, 5-Hour Energy fans, Monster Energy drink is a culprit, too. Following a review of FDA records, The Times found that 5-Hour Energy was implicated in at least 13 deaths over the last four years, while Monster was cited in five deaths in a review last month. Both the paper and the FDA are careful to point out that correlation does not equal causation in these horrifying examples of pick-me-ups gone wrong. Nevertheless, we're pretty sure coffee will remain our stimulant of choice for the foreseeable future.
The scariest thing about the Times report isn't necessarily the threat of heart attack or spontaneous abortion. It's the fact that nobody really knows what's going on with energy drinks -- or in 5-Hour Energy's case "dietary supplements" -- that become implicated in fatalities. Even scarier, is that the companies making these potions know that it's happening. They're required by federal law to report cases that link their products to fatalities to the FDA. They don't want to talk about it either. "I am not interested in making any comment," Manoj Bhargava, the chief executive of Living Essentials, the company that makes 5-Hour Energy. (Go ahead and let the irony of that company name sink in.)
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I’ll stick to coffee, I think it’s good for you this week. Next week, who knows?
I wonder how Clint Bowyer feeels driving the 5-hour energy race car in nascar. a ride is a ride I reckun. He sure got spontaneously aborted by Jeff Gordon last week-end at Phoenix.
First they came for the ephedrine...
Most dietary supplements are full of crap. Stick to good food and you don’t need to supp.
They’re sold all over military bases.
What’s even worse is that “nobody really knows what’s going on...” about a whole lot more then 5-hr energy nowadys.
Putting a “This S-— can kill you, Yo!” on the bottle would probably boost sales.
What about Brawndo?
Spontaneous abortions? Oh great. Just one more thing single females are going to want for free.
I stopped drinking any of that stuff a couple of years ago when I had an energy drink and my heart went into overdrive. Nope, not gonna do it again, never never never.
Things aren’t always as they’re reported to be. I wouldn’t be surprised to find that the reason these products “cause” heart attacks and spontaneous abortions is that the people using them aren’t getting enough rest and/or sleep.
Look for their new ad spokesperson to be Sandra Fluke.
Take a high dose B-Complex capsule and wash it down with a double espresso plus 5 sugars for a similar (and cheaper) effect
My personal feeling about a lot of stimulants has been, use them for the effect, because they’re a treat for that occasion. I for one have a cup of coffee, and keep it limited to that, then, I also limit nighttime caffeine unless I am driving home or doing something where falling asleep would kill me. I try to use things in moderation if you will. Now, I don’t agree with the idea of not having any caffeine at all, but at the same time, I probably would just say that anything taken to excess can be dangerous, even distilled water.
Honestly..those numbers aren’t that high. If 5 hour energy commercials are accurate and there are five million users per week, those numbers of deaths don’t really make statistical significance except to trial lawyers looking for another corporation to steal from.
Looking at Fluke DRAINS me of energy.
Let the lawsuits begin! There’s a ton of corrupt lawyers out there drooling over the money they will make from suing a company when people abuse their product.
“Spontaneous abortions”...or, as Democrats call it, “clearing up an infection.”
The strongest one I ever had is called Redline. I drank it and went to the gym. I was lifting, my face got hot, my heart pounded, and I felt dizzy. I was only bench pressing. I can only imagine if I was running. Needless to say, I left the gym...never again is right.
Travis York on “The Doctors” said that he attended to a trucker in the ER room who was claiming his heart was racing. When Travis questioned him, it turns out the trucker had drank in the neighborhood of 15 bottles of that stuff in an effort to keep awake while on a nighttime delivery..........15 bottles!!!
“...it’s what your body craves...”
Seriously, 13 deaths, over 4 years. Millions of these have been sold and presumably consumed. Having said that, a steady diet, over use, unknown sensitivity or combination with other products might be possible contributing factors.
Moderation and perspicacity in all things.
Someone who feels like they have to use that stuff, probably isn’t very healthy to begin with.
I was drinking it for a while and I liked it. It wasn’t the one which got my heart to race like a rabbit, but I stopped ALL energy drinks after that.
It’s a good idea no matter what. Save your money, and if you can’t get psyched to hit the gym without it, don’t go that day.
Were you using it for the gym?
Strenuous exercise also gives you energy, but can result in death also. Let’s ban SOMETHING already!
No, I was just drinking it like I might drink a diet Pepsi. I cringe when I see my son drinking some of those energy drinks. Crossing my fingers for him.
Luckily the young are less susceptible to health issues from those drinks. I know lots of boys use them when playing video games. At college, lots of students use Adderall for studying...not smart.
Can’t imagine why anyone would use that crap anyway.
I’d better stock up on the 5-hour before someone saves me from myself!
Can't afford any of them now.
Possibly. Sales on Military bases is steady. The formula for ripped fuel was changed because or over use and the effects of ephedrine (think that was the issue).
Ya pays yer money and ya takes yer choice.
>> “Strenuous exercise also gives you energy, but can result in death also.” <<
Tell a lie like that often enough and God knows who’ll believe it.
Strenuous exercise actually depletes your energy, Whodda thunk it!
never touch the stuff.
A lot of variables left uncovered here, such as how many shots were consumed daily (the drink recommends no more than one), the health of the consumers, what was consumed along with it, the diet of the consumer. Vitamin B overdose, for example, can lead to serious consequences. But the key is overdose.
This seems, so far, alarmism similar to alar, caffeine, eggs, oat bran, meat, and all the rest. Why do I get the impression that huge lawyer paydays are an issue here, and someone is helping them along?
The manufacturers look like awfully deep pockets, and the caution about overconsumption will probably work against them in the hands of greedy ATLA members, sorry for the redundancy.
I used to take the tablet form of 4 Hour Energy when I was driving for a living. Half a tablet was a godsend for a groggy driver two hundred miles from home. I still take the liquid form, a half a bottle every four hours, starting after four hours of driving. Never had a problem but I like the advice to take B complex and a double espresso although I don’t think that would be cheaper.
I’ve never used any of the energy drinks and don’t plan to, but thirteen deaths over four years is not much evidence from the many millions of doses of these prodcts that have been used.
People want it all.
Long hours multitasking at multiple jobs to stay ahead of debt incurred for relaxation and/or stimulation with toys and trips and multiple hobbies and interests and activities, and a need for stimulants to keep up and give it all a slightly tweaked edge, and then some downers of some sort for sleep and winding down. Easily bored, trying to fill or dance above a painfully empty core that used to be naturally filled with solid values and human connections and God.
Go to a military base and see how much and who are buying these. Marines and soldiers are usually pretty healthy.
I suspect they aren’t the ones dropping dead from heart attacks.
This talk about abortion is just a thinly disguised marketing ploy to sell more product to Democrats.
I tried a bottle on someone’s advise to get through a day after insomnia. Never again! Felt like I was going through a stress test while already exhausted.
>>Ill stick to coffee, I think its good for you this week.
ROFL! I love that.
You will find a higher correlation with people on the john and heart attacks.
I’ve never had one and don’t care to start now. The idea never made any sense and sounded dangerous from the beginning. I’m surprised it hasn’t caused more health problems years ago.
I agree. I wouldn’t touch those ‘pep’ drinks.
I knew they were bad news from the start.
Some of the ways they advertised them made me cringe.
Look what happened to "Old Reliable" Jim Furyk. He blew three final rounds this year (one the US Open). Jim also went bald.
Vitamin B-12 does all that?
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