Dangers of Energy Drinks

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Submitted by Dr T on September 6, 2013 – 2:50am

Question: 
I had 2 five hour energy shots today. Since then, my pulse has been between 120 and 130. And feeling dizzy. Is this normal?
Hi Nichole,
Hopefully concerned enough to not do it again! Energy drinks etc. contain large doses of caffeine, that increase your heart rate (sometimes to the point of palpitations). The diuretic quality of caffeine can cause severe dehydration. It is particularly dangerous if combined with alcohol.
Luckily, the effect will wear off 
Hope this helps, 

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