Lawsuits have been filed against Monster Beverage alleging Monster Energy Drinks are unreasonably dangerous. Plaintiffs allege their loved ones died as a result of ingesting Monster Energy Drinks due to elevated caffeine levels contained in the drinks. One high-profile lawsuit was filed by the family of Anais Fournier, who alleged Fournier's cardiac arrest was the result of drinking two 24-ounce cans of Monster Energy in less than 24 hours.
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Monster Energy Drinks
According to reports, Monster Energy beverages contain around 240 mgs of caffeine per serving. Some experts, however, say the caffeine levels are even higher because the drinks contain stimulants that are not listed as caffeine. These ingredients are known as "masked caffeine," caffeine that is even more highly concentrated than that found in coffee. Furthermore, some energy drink containers may contain more than a single serving. Although a safe caffeine limit for adults is around 400 mgs per day, for children, the safe ingestion rate is between 45-85 mgs per day.
Caffeine overdose has been linked to serious health problems, including arrhythmia, atrial fibrillation, or myocardial infarction, which can lead to death. A recent study published by the Canadian Journal of Cardiology (3/26/15) suggested energy drinks could increase the risk of heart problems, even in youth who appear healthy or have no apparent underlying heart issues.
A study published by Pediatrics in February 2011 also suggested that adolescents who consume energy drinks are at an increased risk of serious heart problems. That risk is reportedly even more pronounced in adolescents who have heart problems, seizures, or are on certain medications. The same study found that of the 5,448 US caffeine overdoses reported in 2007, 46 percent involved adolescents younger than 19.
FDA Energy Drink Regulations
The FDA does not require energy drink companies, including Monster, to list the exact amount of caffeine on ingredient labels because the products are regulated as dietary food supplements instead of food. Energy drinks are also sold as nutritional supplements, even though they may not have any nutritional value. Because of this regulation, energy drinks may exceed the FDA-mandated limit of 71 milligrams of caffeine for a 12-ounce soda.
As well, the FDA does not allow soda to have more than 0.02 percent caffeine, but energy drinks aren’t subject to this limit.
Monster Energy Lawsuits
Lawsuits have been filed against the makers of monster energy drinks, alleging consumers were not adequately warned about the risks of ingesting the drinks. Three lawsuits have recently been settled for undisclosed amounts.
One high-profile lawsuit was recently expected to go to trial. That lawsuit was the case of Anais Fournier, who was 14 years old when she ingested two Monster Energy drinks in a 24-hour period. Fournier died of cardiac arrest. The lawsuits of Alex Morris and Shane Felts also recently went to court and were reportedly settled for undisclosed amounts.
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Tucson, AZ: The health concerns that have emerged from lawsuits and subsequent headlines screaming Monster Energy Drink Deaths and Hospitalizations tend to be weighted on the side of cardiovascular issues related to consumption of the high levels of caffeine usually associated with the consumption of energy drinks [READ MORE]
Vancouver, BC: A 2015 study by researchers in Canada suggests a link between teen consumption of energy drinks and a risk of traumatic brain injury. Previous studies have suggested a link between the use of energy drinks and a risk of heart problems. Energy drink lawsuits have been filed in the United States alleging consumers who ingested energy drinks - including Monster Energy drinks - suffered serious heart complications as a result [READ MORE]
Scarborough, ON: Health Canada keeps on file a list of adverse reactions related to the use of caffeinated energy drinks. Its Summary of Adverse Reactions shows 87 adverse events (from 1964 to 2012), including three deaths, in which Health Canada says a caffeinated energy drink, or product, had “a suspected role” in causing some type of physical reaction, from dizziness and mental confusion to severe cardiac events [READ MORE]
I have been drinking 3 to 5 monster energy drinks a day (every day) for the last 4 years. I am 47 yrs old and work 60 to 80 hrs a week. I have never felt better. It's all in how you use the energy drink. If you drink 3 or 4 and sit around and do nothing then it can make you feel bad. (And playing video games is not doing something energetic). So use your brain people would you take a sleeping pill and then drive across the country? (No you wouldn't)! Energy drinks are used as a supplement to give you the boost you need when doing something that is physically challenging.
Posted by CalmYourself
I have been doing research and very intelligent men and women have said that it does have some unhealthy effects. Also, you people commenting about "blah blah blah, I've been drinking this for blah blah blah years" it shows that Energy drinks definitely affect you as a person. Furthermore, those who are being extremely rude about "getting a life" you obviously don't have one if you are wasting your time telling people what to do and not telling yourself to shut your trap. No need to get rude on a simple discussion.. :)
Posted by Kelly
I had a monster drink and feel fine.
Posted by Joscelyn VanRees
When i get done with the monster i feel sick
Posted by Ronin Miller
I just found out 4/10/16 that my daughter has been drinking monster energy drinks she has complained about feeling sick I thought she just didnt want to go to school when I found the empty can in her bad from coming back from a sleep over I started talking to her to sed how long she has been drinking them and where she was getting them thank God she is a good girl when we explained to her how bad thay ard and we looked up some of the ingredients after she learned what is in them she will not be drinking them any more but now I have to call her doc she has been very sick and has missed school because of this call me for more information
Posted by Ethan
you fool dumb people its not verified that monster can kill people and so on no clear witness for this. get a life. i drank monster for one month every day three or four cans of monster but i am still alive. its a big conspiracy against monster energy drink company to defame it among people . i still love monster energy drinks feeling great .
Posted by Krank
Two friends of mine consume Monster Energy Drinks. They have both subsequently experienced blood in their stool.
Posted by Tamara Gash
I have been drinking monsters an other energy drinks for 5 years I am 17 an I am just fine I have problems like bi-polar an anxiety an it helps with my problems it keeps me from freaking out I don't see why so many people have a problem with them.
Posted by jay
I have been drinking monsters for three yrs. I feel fine.
Posted by Kristie
I've drank monster energy for 3 years now. I drink the low carb and khaos. Low carb doesn't have a limit, but khaos does (3 per day). The only thing i've noticed is high blood pressure. I dont have hbp when I dont drink them. I LOVE these things, but wish I could have a khaos with no caffine. These drinks (for me) are very addictive.
Posted by isaac 555
i use to drink this poison along with my friend before going to gym to keep up with routine...then my friend got sick. rushed him to e.r, two hours later died of liver failure. this poison ruined his liver and poisoned his blood and organs. i still suffer from palpitations and anxiety disorders
Posted by Yahu
Its says unleash the beast ,he is sickness fear ,weakness etc. The can has the hebrew translation of 666 on it from numerals get informed my people.
Posted by savannah swift
The beganing of this year i losted my best friend/ my big brother he was 19 years old he drank one monster and it shocked his heart where he pasted at the park and they rushed him to the hospital and he died at the hospital Jan17,16 will make an whole year that my brother has been gone its been hard on me and my family if I was everybody that drinks them i would stop or you'll be next
Posted by FaZe Booce
Drank one monster; died.
Posted by Brandon
I drank one Monster and two hours later I was being put into an ambulance after I started convulsing in a grocery store. Thank god I wasnt behind the wheel with my children. Two months later my mind still isn't what it used to be.
Posted by Jon Holstein
I am 28 years old and have had two heart attacks from monster energy drinks. I still have heart problems that I'm being tested for.
Posted by Alejandra
I had been drinking Monster drinks one a day for years until. I went to the doctor for problems breathing. I had an EKG. I was diagnosed with AFib Dr. Called an ambulance which was my only way out of her office. Spend a week in the hospital now I'm on blood thinner medicine. My Dr.
thinks is cause of the monster drinks.
Posted by Darnell Gressett
Phildorf. It's always easy to blame parents. It must be so easy to have altogether and have all the answers. Do you even have children much less teenagers. Parents don't always buy everything their children consume. My daughter drank 4 monsters back to back fortunately I don't have the same story to tell. You need to learn to be more sensitive. You need not to judge unless you've walked in someone else's shoes. I don't understand all the negativity and judgement all people of today's society. The words they choose as well. Is that your parents fault?? Grow up and quit thinking that everything is a parents fault.
Posted by michael aderhold
i have had monster for about a week tops and my mouth feels dry and my chest hurts sometimes
Posted by Anonymous
I had one monster energy before a game of soccer came off at half time shaking and the coach called the ambulance and by then i was on the floor having a seizure
Posted by Eliot Chung
I just drank a Monster energy zero ultra......
It tastes like vitamin c mixed in with drugs. I now get seizures from raves and watching pokemon and also have heart issue. my heart issue is so big that everyone loves me because I'm too kind. Also the drink has made a bald spot on the top of my head which I'm very self conscious about. I hate MONSTER so MUCH.
Posted by Alannah
I travelled over to visit my brother and family over the weekend, stayed in a lovely hotel but didn't sleep right my 1st night, the next morning when I awoke I drank some coke, went to a family fun day and bought myself a big yin of monster and a bottle of lucozade, I drink lucozade and coca cola on a daily basis. I was at the funday for most of the day then arrived at a pub for some dinner with family and had a alchopop, all of a sudden I started shaking , this horrible feeling came over me, I felt light headed and restless. I took myself away from the table and went into the bathroom and I started sweating, I was panicking I didn't know what was wrong with me I put it down to a panic attack, I paced the place for the next half hour I was all over the place and just thought I could cry. I asked my brother to bring me back to the hotel so o could rest but I knew as soon as I got in I was going to the hospital, just then I started having palpitations and I was shaking uncontrollably and again I started to panicking, I felt sick I felt confused I felt dizzy, as I arrived at a and e I couldn't speak right I was slurring my words and thought I was going to collapse.. It took me 5 hours for my blood pressure to settle and my heart rate to go down.. This drink needs health warnings. It ruined my time away and all u was tying to do was get a bit of energy to spend time with my family..
Posted by Phildorf
Get a f*cking life its the parents fault that they gave her the drinks
Posted by Anonymous
Dustin hood was 19yrs old no health problems. We are from cedartown ga he just passed away our funeral will be this week for him..he was playing basketball and collapsed after drinking monster energy hes at the crime lab now for cause of death in which. Was cardiac arrest..
Posted by Oregon
Caffeine overdose, cardiac troubles. Spent time in hospital 30 days shaking shortness of breath and low energy. Sleeping a lot, trying to recover.
Posted by New York
Three seizures in one day and two ER visits, after consuming the energy drinks every day for more than a few months.
Posted by North Carolina
Chest pains on a regular basis. I went to the ER. They ran tests for a heart attack and cat scan to see if I had a stroke.
Posted by California
Currently have enlarged lymph nodes after drinking Monster. It started with the sour taste you usually get, but the taste stayed in my mouth and moved towards my neck. I'm pretty certain it was from the Monster I drank because that was the only thing I ate or drank that day.