Side Effects of Monster Energy, Rockstar, Red Bull and Other Energy Drinks

Harvey Kirk

By Harvey Kirk
Posted March 7, 2016


Many consumers remain unaware of the serious and potentially life threatening side effects of energy drinks, such as Monster, Rockstar and Red Bull.

While these highly caffeinated beverages are commonly sold in convenience stores next to Coke and Pepsi, they are very different and have been linked to reports of healthy and young individuals suffering devastating injuries, including:

  • Heart Attack
  • Cardiac Arrest
  • Stroke
  • Kidney Failure
  • Wrongful Death

Last week, a study presented at a meeting of the American Heart Association found that individuals may experience abnormal heart rhythms or other cardiac problems after consuming only two of the beverages. These findings add to the growing body of evidence linking Red Bull, Rockstar and Monster to serious side effects.

The lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. provide free consultations for individuals and families nationwide who believe that an injury suffered by someone under the age of 45 may have been caused by consuming an energy drink. Request a free case evaluation.

Monster, Red Bull, Rockstar and Other Energy Drink Health Risks

Monster Energy Drinks on ShelfFor years, energy drinks have been sold without adequate warnings about the potentially dangerous levels of caffeine and other stimulants in each can, which can cause blood pressure to suddenly skyrocket and impact the entire body.

Rather than warning about the energy drink health risks, manufacturers have sold these beverages as dietary supplements, which allowed them to avoid FDA regulations or disclose the ingredients.

In addition, Monster, Red Bull, Rockstar and other energy drinks are misleadingly sold among other caffeinated soft drinks, such as Coke, Pepsi and Sprite, which have only a fraction of the caffeine in each can and a long safety record.

Monster and other manufacturers have also aggressively marketed the drinks to teens and young adults, using celebrities, cartoons, flavors and advertising campaigns that were clearly designed for a young audience. Those ads often overstate the benefits of the energy drinks, while downplaying, or in most cases never even mentioning, the potential side effects.

Health experts warn that many of those side effects come from the massive amounts of caffeine in many energy drinks. Some contain as much as 400 mg of caffeine per can, compared to only 100 mg in the average cup of coffee.

However, adults who consume more than 400 mg a day, which can easily occur if one consumes more than one energy drink in the course of a day, can suffer caffeine poisoning. For children, the threshold can be much lower, with a caffeine overdose risk at only 2.5 mg per 2.2 pounds of body weight.

Lawsuits Over Energy Drink Side Effects

The product liability lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are reviewing individual lawsuits by those who have suffered heart problems, stroke, or kidney damage that surfaced within 48 hours after drinking Monster, Red Bull, Rockstar or other energy drinks.

Financial compensation may be available if you, a loved one or family member have suffered health problems due to energy drink side effects. All cases are handled on a contingency fee basis, meaning there are never any out-of-pocket expenses and no fees unless a recovery is obtained.


3 Comments • Add Your Comments

  • Charles says:

    I have been diagnosed with irregular heart rate, inlarged heart, and have had problems I NEVER had before. I’ve always had regular doctor visits my whole life. Now after Yeats of drinking Monster drinks, even posting and saving 100s if cans I personally drank. I now have heart problems I never had in the past.,and does NOT run in our family history! At such a young age of 22/23this year

    Posted on March 27, 2016 at 4:37 pm

  • Lisa says:

    I drank Rock Stars for years and I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Breast Cancer I have always thought there was maybe a connection.

    Posted on May 22, 2019 at 1:16 am

  • Crystal says:

    I drink the Monster Java. I was just talking about it a few days ago. I didn’t drink them during my pregnancy with my daughter who was born in August of 2008 but, I started drinking them years before and resumed after she was born. Here 14 years later I’m still drinking them daily. On available 4 cans. I just looked at the can I’m currently drinking (10:25pm est) and no warning on what the daily limit should be. The only thing it has written is that it’s not recommended for children, people sensitive to caffeine, pregnant women or women who are nursing. It has 200mg of caffeine per every 15 FL. OZ can.
    Within the 2 years I have been diagnosed with extremely high cholesterol, I have a good diet as well as I am very active. I have recently been diagnosed with high blood pressure and a very abnormal EKG. And weight gain that is unexplainable. Significant amount in a short amount of time. I’m not swelling or edema anywhere. I’m 44. So I understand with age your body changes. I’m a nurse did I mention that? Haha I know I shouldn’t be drinking these. But, knowing how long and how many I have drank, I visualized a giant mound of tan Monster cans. I can’t imagine what my insides look like…

    Posted on October 18, 2022 at 10:42 pm

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