Energy drinks and teens coming to ER with chest pain - page 4

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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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    I was one of those pts.

    I had been drinking red bull and vodka for almost 4 years. I had chest pain for almost 2 years but never connected the dots. I went to the doctor for pain in my shoulder and we were just discussing everything and I mentioned how I was having chest pain all the time. Dr. ordered an EKG which showed an abnormal rhythm.

    I was referred to a cardiologist. I was found to have a blockage due to a substance "can't remember the name" that is similar to furaldehyde. When red bull and vodka are mixed together this substance develops. If you don't drink them often it is able to be secreted from the body, but if you drink them as often as I did 3-5x a wk, it becomes dangerous.

    Thank God my shoulder hurt that day or I might not be here today. Many ppl are dying or developing long-term complications from these drinks It's like you can drink alcohol all night and never be tired.

    But the companies put on the label "do not consume with alcohol" so they are not liable.
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    Helped my ADHD too
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    Opps... I am one of those patients Well sorta... I stop when I get the heart palpatations but my enery drinks are what allows me to keep up with my nursing. I have weened myself off considerably from the times that I used to drink up to 3 a day/night.

    In a related note, has anyone seen the new ad for 5 hour energy shots in which the marketer describes a study given to 3000 medical MDs in which 73% gave 100% support to giving a 5 hour energy shot to their patients?
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    Quote from AngelicDarkness
    Opps... I am one of those patients Well sorta... I stop when I get the heart palpatations but my enery drinks are what allows me to keep up with my nursing. I have weened myself off considerably from the times that I used to drink up to 3 a day/night.

    In a related note, has anyone seen the new ad for 5 hour energy shots in which the marketer describes a study given to 3000 medical MDs in which 73% gave 100% support to giving a 5 hour energy shot to their patients?
    Wonder where the study is published? National Enquirer? So much for truthful advartising.
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    Quote from simonemyheart
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    But the companies put on the label "do not consume with alcohol" so they are not liable.
    And upon what basis would you like the companies held liable because stupid people refuse to follow directions?

    I too think these drinks are horrible, but they are legal to make and sell, and if people use them in ways they are instructed not to, then how can one hold the manufacturer liable? That would be like suing Reynolds because people smoke their drugs off of tinfoil.
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    Its not that the company should be held liable for people not following the warning label. I think there needs to be a clear reason for people. For instance "do not consume alcohol while pregnant, fetal defects may occur" - even if a bottle of alcohol doesn't say that, the general public knows. Why? because it has been publicized and drilled into our brains. The general public does not know that energy drinks are dangerous. In fact, I didn't even know it had harmful effects until I came upon this topic today. Thankfully I don't drink the stuff anyway.

    Its like the big businesses in food (for example: the documentary "food inc"). They make tons and tons of money, and the head honchos for the FDA used to be a big part of these food industries. So obviously its fishy.. and it makes you think the FDA gets a big cut for saying the food is safe even if it may not be. Whats to say this isn't happening with the drinks as well?


    Quote from duskyjewel
    And upon what basis would you like the companies held liable because stupid people refuse to follow directions?

    I too think these drinks are horrible, but they are legal to make and sell, and if people use them in ways they are instructed not to, then how can one hold the manufacturer liable? That would be like suing Reynolds because people smoke their drugs off of tinfoil.
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    YES! The amount of adolescents coming in with this is incredible. We have also had teens come in with tonic clonic seizures from this, and also one case of a temporary hallucination (lasted approx 2 hours, almost "acid-like", not psychosis) that can only be attributed to that.
    The tonic clonic seizures are what really scares me. These teens often have an abnormal EEG (but not always), and I think the energy drinks just spark off a low seizure threshold they may have. We also give anti-anxiety meds for the cardiac pain and paracetamol and it sorts out, they simply have sinus tachycardia on ECG. And give them a strict warning that they cannot drink those energy drinks, their body cannot handle it.
    I am wondering how long it is going to be before they will ban these drinks. I mean, caffeine is a drug, pure and simple. It's used in hospitals on our neonates! It has effects on our bodies... their should be an age limit. There is no reason for these kids to have them.
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    How about red bull and jager meister? Was that mentioned? That tastes so good. I have it rarely, but I have a friend that drinks that every weekend... so just wondering??
    Last edit by canned_bread on Sep 2, '12 : Reason: spelt jager meister as yager meister lol
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    quite frankly I think people need to take responsibility for their own health. Everyone in America seems to be suing each other for the most stupid things, like companies have responsibility for everything. If they know smoking is bad for their foetus, why do they smoke and then sue the company for a deformed child? If they know this stuff, they shouldn't be doing it. A box of laundry powder shouldn't have to have on it DO NOT INGEST, because obviously you don't do it. The world is mad and people need to take responsibility. Cans of energy drink in Australia have on it "do not consume more than one can a day. Do not consume when pregnant, lactating or if you have a heart condition. Do not allow children to consume". It's just common sense.

    Quote from EarthwormRN
    Its not that the company should be held liable for people not following the warning label. I think there needs to be a clear reason for people. For instance "do not consume alcohol while pregnant, fetal defects may occur" - even if a bottle of alcohol doesn't say that, the general public knows. Why? because it has been publicized and drilled into our brains. The general public does not know that energy drinks are dangerous. In fact, I didn't even know it had harmful effects until I came upon this topic today. Thankfully I don't drink the stuff anyway.

    Its like the big businesses in food (for example: the documentary "food inc"). They make tons and tons of money, and the head honchos for the FDA used to be a big part of these food industries. So obviously its fishy.. and it makes you think the FDA gets a big cut for saying the food is safe even if it may not be. Whats to say this isn't happening with the drinks as well?
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    Quote from AngelicDarkness
    In a related note, has anyone seen the new ad for 5 hour energy shots in which the marketer describes a study given to 3000 medical MDs in which 73% gave 100% support to giving a 5 hour energy shot to their patients?
    I think the ad actually says that the MDs recommend A SUGAR-FREE energy drink for pts who consume energy drinks. As in, "if your pt uses energy drinks, would you recommend one with sugar or one that's sugar-free?" Notice that they do not ask "do you recommend that your pt consume energy drinks?" because that's a totally different question.
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