Background: Caffeinated energy drinks are widely used worldwide. They are associated with a variety of adverse effects and are of concern to health authorities, yet there is still scarce information about their adverse effects and inadequate awareness among medical personnel.
Methods: Case description and discussion of a patient presenting to the emergency room after overdose of energy drinks in combination with 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA).
Results: Despite best medical efforts, the patient died of fatal cardiac arrhythmias. There is a paucity of information about adverse effects of energy drinks.
Conclusion: Although energy drinks are widely used, there is a lack of awareness in the population and medical staff about their hazards.
Keywords: Caffeine; Energy drink; MDMA.
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