Energy drinks and teens coming to ER with chest pain - page 3

I have seen an unreal amount of teen-young 20ish patients coming to the ER c/o severe chest pain after drinking 1-2 energy drinks. All have been negative on drug/alcohol screens and cardiac workups are also negative. I've never... Read More

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    Quote from timmedico
    Teens have a BIG problem with these energy drinks. They see their friends chugging these massive cans of sugar and caffeine and think "Ohhhhh they are soooo cool! If I do that I'll be cool too". I'd never drink a can of death! Red Bull will indeed give you wings! The government should regulate this in some way...maybe a can that is in serving size portions (not a gargantuan amount that could kill a cow).
    They already did. "FourLoco" had to redo their formula or something- it was an alcohol/energy drink that some people had issues with.

    They shouldn't regulate caffine though- people need to be able to make their own choices, no matter how stupid they may be.

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    Alcohol + stimulants is a very dangerous combination, which is why Four Loko and other similar drinks in their original formulation were banned in the U.S. They were being marketed to young people, and were very popular on college campuses, and their use led to a lot of alcohol poisoning incidents.

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    Pediatricians Warn of Energy Drink Risks (Food Safety News, 18 Feb. 2011)

    If you click on the link to the research paper cited in the FSN article, it will download as a PDF.
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    Quote from Lynx25
    They already did. "FourLoco" had to redo their formula or something- it was an alcohol/energy drink that some people had issues with.

    They shouldn't regulate caffine though- people need to be able to make their own choices, no matter how stupid they may be.
    I don't see how you consider the reformulation of 4Lokos as the government already having done their job regarding energy drinks. 4Loko is only one of the many alcoholic/malt liquor mixed drinks available at your local 7-11s. Ever seen a Goose, Tilt, or a Sparks?? They are targeted directly at teens and come in flavors like blue raspberry and watermelon screaming out for a 16 year old to chug. Government hadn't done a thing about that. The only reason they changed 4Lokos was because of the "16 Loko challenge" that people were doing and ending up hospitalized for

    Regardless if people have the right to put whatever garbage they want into their body (and I agree that they do have that right) the warning should also be listed on the product so people know the risks. Most average people do not believe that these products are bad for them and don't know better. They see words like "sugar-free" and "vitamins" on the triple portion sized can and feel good about chugging the crap. I've seen elementary school kids drink this stuff, if tobacco is 18+ then energy drinks should be too!
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    Quote from hey_suz
    That is what many people think. "It's all natural!"

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    I shudder every time I hear that quote. "it's all natural so it must be good for you" to which I respond, so is snakebite venom. Doesn't mean I want it in me.
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    Quote from Jack245

    I shudder every time I hear that quote. "it's all natural so it must be good for you" to which I respond, so is snakebite venom. Doesn't mean I want it in me.
    So true!!! Lol
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    Long time lurker here, making my first post! I agree something needs to be done about the energy drink craze. As an ER nurse I saw several teens coming in with chest pain, tachycardia, and anxiety because they thought it would be cool to drink several cans of energy drinks in a short amount of time. The parents excuse for buying it for them and letting them drink that much? "but it's all natural, it can't really hurt them can it?"hmmmm. you tell me. You're the one with your 15 y.o. child in the ER at 2am getting a full cardiac work up. Also on the topic of energy drinks, does the 5 hour energy commercial saying doctors recomend it bother anyone else? They say they asked 3000 doctors and most would recommend 5 hour energy "to those who drink energy drinks", but what do those 3000 doctors say about energy drinks in general?
    jmiraRN, amoLucia, pnut8377, and 1 other like this.
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    Someone I went to school with who was a sports star and then went on to be a high school coach died because he drank a couple of Red Bulls before a marathon. He died from a major heart attack. I steer clear of those drinks!
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    Wow. How did I survive college doing Jager Bombs, Vegas bombs and Vodka and Red Bull. Amazing my heart didnt explode in my chest.
    gummi bear and kabfighter like this.
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    Uhh I see several nurses and cnas drinking this stuff. Especially on third shift. I wonder what the long term effects are
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    Quote from That Guy
    Wow. How did I survive college doing Jager Bombs, Vegas bombs and Vodka and Red Bull. Amazing my heart didnt explode in my chest.
    That regime is highly recommended for all students who would like to succeed, while minimizing cardiovascular risk.


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