(WPRI) -- Another energy supplement is coming under fire. The Food and Drug Administration is currently investigating whether or not 5-Hour Energy shots are linked to a number of deaths.
The report comes a month after the agency told us they were investigating five deaths that may have been related to Monster brand energy drinks.
The 5-Hour Energy products are advertised as a "pick-me-up", offering hours of energy when you need it most. Although, that jolt of energy could be causing adverse side effects.
It happens to all of us- that hour in the afternoon when you're desperate for a boost to keep you going. For some, a simple cup of coffee does the trick, while others resort to products such as Monster and 5-Hour Energy to provide that extra spark to get them through the day.
But is this boost really worth the potential harmful effects? The FDA has received reports that the energy shots may be linked to 13 deaths in recent years.
The distributor of 5-Hour Energy points out to consumers that it's product "is a compact-sized energy shot intended for busy adults, it is not an energy drink, nor marketed as a beverage."
The FDA confirmed that it's received 90 filings regarding 5-Hour Energy products since 2009, including:
- 92 adverse reactions
- 33 hospitalizations
- 13 deaths nationwide, with possibly more unreported.
The agency is quick to point out that although these reports are being filed, there has yet to be a cause found that links 5-Hour Energy with any injuries or deaths.
An FDA spokesperson also said that they are constantly investigating these types of cases.
If you're one of many who need that afternoon pick-me-up, be sure to talk to your doctor about your safest options for a quick boost of caffeine, or ways you can improve your sleep habits, and maybe even an over-the-counter multi-vitamin to get you through the day.
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