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Monster Energy Drink Deaths and Hospitalizations

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

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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Last updated on Oct-19-15


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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

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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.

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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
Get a f*cking life its the parents fault that they gave her the drinks

Posted by
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..

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Caffeine overdose, cardiac troubles. Spent time in hospital 30 days shaking shortness of breath and low energy. Sleeping a lot, trying to recover.

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New York
Three seizures in one day and two ER visits, after consuming the energy drinks every day for more than a few months.

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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.

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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.

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I suffered a stroke and have side effects.


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