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how does 5 hour energy work? is it safe to take?

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Dr. Christiaan Maurer
Dr. Christiaan Maureranswered
Internal Medicine 23 years experience
Caffeine: Lots of caffeine. Yes it is usually safe.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Stimulant: 5 hour energy drinks contain Amino Acids said to increase alertness, along with b vitamins plus caffeine. If you get jittery with coffee or other caffeine containing drinks, you will get jittery with 5 hour energy. It is relatively safe, but even the manufacturer recommends taking no more than 2 bottles/day. You may also experience a Niacin "flush" lasting a few minutes.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
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There is at least one wrongful death lawsuit against this product & the company that makes it. http://www.dailyfinance.com/2010/08/03/heart-attack-victims-spouse-sues-5-hour-energy-maker-for-wrongf/
Aug 29, 2012
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Provided original answer
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., has called on the FDA to investigate the energy drink industry after a 14-year-old girl died after drinking two large energy drinks in a short time. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/28/energy-drinks-investigation_n_1837944.html
Aug 29, 2012
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Energy drinks: I agree with dr. Pappas, but also would be concerned with long-term use & effects on cardiovascular system.

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