The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is investigating the possible link of 5-Hour Energy shots to as many as 13 deaths.
The FDA confirms it is also investigating dozens of adverse events reported to the agency over a span of four years. These include heart attacks and convulsions, among others, and one case of spontaneous abortion.
Local 4 Consumer Expert Ruth Spencer hit the pavement to find people who use 5-Hour Energy. It didn't take long for her to find those who've taken the supplement to get a boost.
Rebecca Rahim says she frequently consumes of the high-caffeine drink. "I actually get it all the time, so does my boyfriend. He's addicted to it." she said.
"I've seen a lot of kids around school drink them," said Derrick Rassam, of West Bloomfield.
Laura Lemley works in a gas station that sells 5-Hour Energy. She says it works for her, but one time she took a lot of them, and felt her heart racing. She says she was scared when it happened.
"Then I slowed way down on them," she said.
What does 5-Hour Energy say?
Living Essentials, the company that makes 5-Hour Energy, is based in Farmington Hills.
Local 4 Consumer Expert Ruth Spencer went to the corporate offices, hoping to speak with CEO Manoj Bhargava. She was told he's in New York and couldn't speak until Friday.
The company released a statement that made several points including the following:
*There's no proven link between its products and any deaths.
*Product labels and website warn customers not to exceed two bottles per day.
*Consumers with a caffeine sensitivity should consult with a doctor and consider the "decaf" version.