MINNEAPOLIS - The FDA is investigating reports of 13 deaths in the last four years that may be linked to 5-Hour Energy, according to a New York Times report.
Living Essentials is the distributor of the energy shot. In a statement company spokesperson Elaine Lutz wrote that she is unaware of any deaths proven to have been caused by the consumption of 5 Hour Energy.
Dr. Craig Bowron with Abbott Northwestern Hospital said he isn't surprised by the report because millions of consumers pound the shot each week.
"No matter how they market them really they are coffee in a can," Bowron said referring to the energy shot.
One shot of 5-Hour Energy contains as much caffeine as one cup of leading premium coffee.
"When you take that kind of shot of coffee you're just going to get more of the drug in your blood stream at a rapid level and you're going to get higher peaks of the drugs," Bowron said.
Sometimes that leads to heart arrhythmias and palpitations, headaches, nausea and now possibly death.
5-Hour Energy isn't the only booster under scrutiny. Last month, the FDA also received reports about five deaths and one non-fatal heart attack linked to the Monster Energy drink.
According to The Associated Press, the FDA said if they find there is a link between 5-Hour Energy and the deaths they will take action, which could include taking the product off of shelves.
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