Despite the claimed dangers of 5 Hour Energy drink, local merchants are very protective of the product they admit is a brisk seller.
"If the stuff was really dangerous the government would make us take it off our shelves and they haven't," said the owner of a North Avenue variety store in Bridgeport, who would only identify himself as Sam. A female customer blurted that her daughter had suffered a seizure after having one of the drinks, but quickly clammed up when the owner gave her a reproachful look.
Andy Trivedi , the owner of Colony News and Lotto in Milford, said they sell three or four of the drinks a day and mostly to young men. But he said he is unaware of any dangers with it.
But according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration , there have been 13 reports of deaths possibly related to the product over the last four years. The FDA says, however, that it does not have enough information to justify banning the drink.
Andrea Valenti , clinical nutrition manager of Bridgeport Hospital , said she would advise her patients not to use the drink. While the hospital has no reported incidents of patients suffering from the effects of the drinks, she said there is literature warning against the ingestion of high amounts of caffeine, especially by children.