Monster Energy® contains massive amounts of caffeine and vitamins. In high doses, caffeine toxicity can cause heart problems. Niacin (Vitamin B3) can also accumulate in the liver and cause hepatitis or liver damage.
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Monster Energy Liver Toxicity
Monster Energy contains high doses of B-vitamins like niacin (Vitamin B3). Niacin is known to elevate liver enzymes, which is a sign of liver damage. In high doses, niacin accumulates in the liver and causes liver damage. In severe cases, liver injuries from niacin can be deadly. There have been several reports of people who drank a large number of energy drinks and developed liver inflammation (also known as “non-viral hepatitis” or “toxic hepatitis“) from overdoses of B-vitamins.
Monster Energy Drink Lawsuits
In February 2016, an Orlando-based law firm has filed five lawsuits against Monster Beverage Corp. involving people who consumed highly-caffeinated energy drinks and experienced heart attack, stroke, or kidney failure. Click here to read more.
Monster Energy Drink Linked to Teenager Death
The first wrongful death lawsuit against Monster Energy Corp. was filed in 2012. The victim was a 14 year-old girl who died after drinking two 24-oz Monster Energy Drinks at the mall with her friends within 24 hours. Her cause of death was determined to be “cardiac arrhythmia due to caffeine toxicity,” exacerbated by a pre-existing heart condition.
FDA Reports Injuries & Deaths
The FDA has reported 5 deaths and dozens of hospitalizations had been linked Monster Energy drinks since 2009. According to the FDA, adverse events included:
- Caffeine toxicity
- Abdominal pain
- Nausea and vomiting
- Heart attack
- Chest pain
- Abnormal heart rhythm
- High blood pressure
- Cardiac arrest
Caffeine in Monster Energy
Monster Energy Drinks contain 92-mg of caffeine per 8-fluid ounces, according to a study by Consumer Reports. The largest Monster energy drinks are sold in 24-oz cans. However, like most energy drinks, the amount of caffeine in Monster energy drinks is not listed on the label. Some products contain significantly more caffeine. For example, Monster X-presso contains 220-mg of caffeine per 6.8-fluid ounces, according to Consumer Reports.
What is the problem?
Energy drinks are essentially soda plus massive amounts of caffeine and other mystery ingredients. So how do manufacturers avoid federal limits on the amount of caffeine in beverages? By marketing them as “dietary supplements,” rather than food. Adding to the confusion on the consumer level, energy drinks are sold side-by-side with Coca-Cola and other sodas.
Class Action Lawsuits Filed in California
Monster Energy has been hit with several class action lawsuits in California. These lawsuits are seeking reimbursement for everyone who bought the energy drink without proper warnings. The caffeine content was not on the label until March 2013. Before then, Monster Energy was marketed as a ‘dietary supplement.’
Lawyers accuse Monster of marketing energy drinks as a supplement rather than a beverage to avoid scrutiny by the FDA. According to one complaint:
“Monster Energy Drinks, in fact, contain a dangerously high amount of caffeine that have never been subjected to any kind of pre-market review by any regulatory authority prior to them being put in the stream of commerce.”
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