Can 5 Hour Energy Kill You?

Federal officials have received reports that detail 13 deaths allegedly linked to 5-Hour Energy within the past four years.

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It’s been called “that 2:30 feeling”: as the workday drags on, with droopy eyelids and audible yawns, many reach for a little red bottle of 5-Hour Energy, familiar from the front counters of convenience stores and ubiquitous late-night TV ads. But beware: the energy drink, and others like it, may result in death, heart attacks or “spontaneous abortions,” according to according to  filings with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Federal officials have received reports that detail 13 deaths allegedly linked to 5-Hour Energy within the past four years, the New York Times reports. Monster Energy has been flagged for possibly causing five fatalities in other FDA filings.

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Since 2009, the energy shot that claims to reduce fatigue has been mentioned in over 90 claims with the FDA, including 30 that involved serious or life-threatening injuries. The New York Times cautions that incident reports filed with the F.D.A do not necessarily mean that a product “was responsible for a death or an injury or contributed to it in any way;” such reports, the paper states, are often “fragmentary in nature and difficult to investigate.”

Still, top executives at Living Essentials, the Michigan-based distributor of 5-Hour energy, declined to speak to the Times and instead issued a statement that said the product was safe for consumption if it was used as directed.  Additionally, the company said they were “unaware of any deaths proven to be caused by the consumption of 5-Hour energy.”

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5-Hour energy is sold in a two-ounce bottle and does not disclose the amount of caffeine per serving; however, Consumer Reports placed the level at around 215 milligrams. An eight-ounce cup of coffee generally contains between 100 to 150 milligrams, according to the Times.

Additionally, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration within the federal government reported that more than 13,000 emergency room visits were related to energy drinks in 2009.

6 comments
TheGimp420
TheGimp420

I house 7-8 5 hour extra strengths a day.

Not dead.

report real news TIME. What stock holder has a beef with 5 hour?

shineystarrfish
shineystarrfish

TOTALLY AGREE @RaquelT18 !! It's interesting that it was not noted in this article how many "shots" these people took in one day. 

JSSCHI07
JSSCHI07

The fact that these energy drinks have so much caffeine is scary. And, the fact that so many people use the product without questioning the inherent dangers of this is even more frightening. Synthetic substances usually don't do much good for human beings. If you're feeling too tired throughout the day, get more sleep, don't drink absurd amounts of caffeine. We are a culture that is obsessed with instant gratification and looking to remedy problems the easy way, and doing this hinders both our physical and emotional health. So, if you want a quick fix, be my guest and take 5 Hour Energy. But, don't complain or act like it surprises you that your well being will be compromised because of it. 

NikMatt
NikMatt

Betteridge's law of headlines.

akirarain13
akirarain13

I have a heart condition and have never been able to drink this stuff. Definitely causes me to have rhythm problems.. so I can see how someone who doesn't know they might have a problem could be affected.

RaquelT18
RaquelT18 like.author.displayName 1 Like

There is no correlation between the deaths and 5-hour energy. Next time, report a REAL health threat backed up by legitimate evidence.