5-Hour Energy Drinks Now Cited in 13 Deaths

The FDA received more than 90 filings about the drink since 2009
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And we thought the news about Monster Energy Drinks' link to five deaths was bad enough. New reports show that another popular energy drink, 5-Hour Energy, has been cited in 13 deaths over the last four years. 

The New York Times reports that in the 90 filings to the FDA that mentioned 5-Hour Energy, more than 30 of them noted some very serious side effects, like  heart attacks and convulsions. In one case, the drink was even linked to a spontaneous abortion. The FDA is now investigating the death reports related to the energy drink, just months after its investgation of Monster Energy Drinks. 

However, 5-Hour Energy is technically classified as a dietary supplement, which further confuses what an energy drink is and isn't. (Monster Energy Drinks is labeled as a dietary supplement like 5-Hour Energy, but Red Bull is not.) But the energy shots pack a powerful punch — 215 milligrams of caffeine in one, according to a recent Consumer Reports review. 

The company behind 5-Hour Energy, Living Energy, said in a statement released to The New York Times that the company was "unaware of any deaths proven to be caused by the consumption of 5-Hour Energy." 

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