Single tonic-clonic seizure after energy drink abuse

Epilepsy Behav. 2012 Mar;23(3):384-5. doi: 10.1016/j.yebeh.2011.12.010. Epub 2012 Feb 26.


Energy drinks are soft beverages especially marketed for adolescents in order to obtain a heightened sense of awareness. Concerns about the safety of these drinks are raised based on our observation of potentially serious adverse effects. Caffeine and taurine are psychoactive agents highly present in energy drinks, which may lead to modification of neurotransmission. We herein report the case of a 20-year-old man presenting with a generalized epileptic seizure after energy drink consumption.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Brain / pathology
  • Brain / physiopathology
  • Electroencephalography
  • Energy Drinks / adverse effects*
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Male
  • Seizures / chemically induced*
  • Seizures / diagnosis
  • Seizures / pathology
  • Young Adult