The Food and Drug Administration is investigating reports of 13 deaths possibly linked to so-called “energy shots” and cautioning consumers to talk to their doctors before they use them or other energy drinks.
The agency has received 92 reports that cite illnesses, hospitalizations and deaths after consumption of a product marketed as 5-Hour Energy. The FDA has also received reports that cited the highly caffeinated Monster Energy Drink in five deaths and one nonfatal heart attack.
Agency officials said the reports to the FDA from consumers, doctors and others don’t necessarily prove that the drinks caused the deaths or injuries, but said they are investigating each one. In a statement FDA officials said they will take action if they can link the deaths to consumption of the energy drink.