FDA Investigating 5 Deaths Linked to Monster Energy Drink
Other adverse events reported to the agency include one nonfatal MI, abdominal pain, vomiting, tremors, and abnormal heart rate. It is unclear whether patients who experienced adverse events also took alcohol or drugs.
In a statement, an FDA spokesperson said that it is the manufacturer’s responsibility to investigate adverse events associated with the beverage, according to the Times. She added that the FDA had not yet established a causal link between the energy drink and the deaths.
A 24-oz. can of Monster Energy contains 240 mg of caffeine, roughly equivalent to two cups of brewed coffee.
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Published in Physician’s First Watch October 24, 2012