5-Hour Energy Shots: Why Are People Dying?

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5-Hour Energy shots are linked to 13 deaths and 33 hospitalizations, the FDA confirms.

So far, 5-Hour Energy maker Living Essentials LLC has received 92 reports from people who fell ill after using the product. Since the product is sold as a nutritional supplement, the company is required to relay such reports to the FDA.

The reports themselves do not prove that 5-Hour Energy had anything to do with any of the deaths or illnesses.

“It is important to note that, while those who voluntarily report an illness or injury … typically identify the product that they assume caused the injury or illness, FDA as a scientific public health agency must carefully investigate and evaluate all possible causes before deciding whether the product actually caused the medical problem,” the FDA said in a statement.

5-Hour Energy shots are small caffeinated drinks. The product does not contain any herbal stimulants.