SAN DIEGO (CN) - Redline energy drinks can cause vomiting, chest pains, rapid heartbeat, convulsions, and "possibly death," a class action claims in Federal Court. The class claims that Vital Pharmaceuticals' Redline "energy enhancers" and "fat burners" have sent some people to the hospital.
Lead plaintiff Zack Aaronson claims that Vital Pharmaceuticals pushes its Redline drinks as "fat burners" and "energy enhancers." But he says the drink has ingredients that produce serious side effects and have not been adequately studied.
These dangerous substances include anhydrous caffeine, evodiamine, tyrosine, yerba mate extract, green tea extract, 5-HTP, vinpocetine and yohimibine, according to the complaint.
Aaronson claims Vital fails to warn consumers of the dangers of its products.
And he claims the drinks come in large cans that contain two servings, causing most drinkers to unwittingly consume a double dose.
Vital sells the drinks under the names Redline RTD, Redline Princess, Redline Power Rush and Redline Xtreme. The company also sells Redline Concentrate and Redline Gel Caps, according to the complaint.
The class demands an injunction and punitive damages. It is represented by Harold Hewell.Follow @@karinapdx
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