Identifying And Preventing Drug Interactions With Energy Drinks

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Identifying And Preventing Drug Interactions With Energy Drinks

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Robert Smith, DPM, MSc, RPh, CPed

Noting the increased popularity of energy drinks, this author looks at the potential dangers that may arise when these drinks interact with a patient’s prescription drugs.

The consumption of energy drinks has continued to gain popularity since the 1997 debut of Red Bull, the current leader in the energy drink market.1 Energy drink marketing is targeted to the 18- to 35-year-old consumer. More than 500 new energy drinks launched worldwide in 2006 and beverage companies are realizing the financial rewards of the $5.7 billion energy drink industry.

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