The 8 Most Dangerous Caffeinated Products

There are some highly dangerous caffeinated products on the market and some have even proven deadly.

We want to raise more awareness of the dangers of too much caffeine, so we scrolled through our extensive database to come up with the 7 that we feel are the most dangerous for consumers.

1. Pure Caffeine Powder

pure caffeine powder

Pure Caffeine Powder is the deadliest caffeinated product available and it has received a lot of media attention due to it being linked to several deaths.

It is sold in, at least, 124 gram packages and is gram per gram caffeine making it clock in at an astounding 124,000 mg of caffeine per package.

As reported by ABC news, the FDA recently warned powdered caffeine manufacturers with this statement:

“It is inherently irresponsible to market such a potentially dangerous product. I would hope that people would get the message that they just ought to stop selling it and the agency will pursue all legal options against those who don’t.” – Michael Taylor, FDA’s deputy commissioner of foods

The FDA recently sent warning letters to 5 distributors of bulk powdered caffeine products.

The amount in one small package is enough to kill 13 healthy adults.

lethal dose 13 adults

2. Pure Liquid Caffeine

Caffeine is also sold in liquid form to dissolve easier. While this is less concentrated than the powdered form, it is still highly dangerous.

This product is sold in several sizes but a gallon jug of Liquid Caffeine (also called 5150) contains 64,000 mg of caffeine!

This is a lethal dose for 7 health adults.

lethal for 7 adults

3. Pre-Workout Supplements

pre workout supplements

A ripped physique is in and pre-workout supplements are a billion dollar industry.

Most of them contain large amounts of caffeine as one of their primary ingredients and they come in large containers.

Here’s how some of the most caffeinated measure up.

  • Mr Hyde 16,760 mg of per container.
  • BSN N.O. Explode 11,250 mg of caffeine per container.
  • GAT Nitraflex 9,750 mg of caffeine per container.

Mr. Hyde has enough caffeine to be toxic for almost 2 adults.

lethal-for-2 adults

4. X-Mode Energy Shot

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X-Mode is basically an energy shot sold in bulk. It comes in a box with a tap similar to boxed wine and each 1 floz shot of X-Mode has 150 mg of caffeine.

The product is sold with two empty 2 floz bottles clearly marked in 1 floz increments, but it could be extremely easy for someone to overdose on this product, especially those who may not understand how to measure or properly dispense the product.

This product is sold on Amazon without any age restrictions and would be especially dangerous for children due to its drinkability.

A whole box of X-Mode would contain 15,000 mg of caffeine which is enough to kill almost 2 healthy adults.

lethal-for-2 adults

5. Caffeine Pills

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There are many different brands of caffeine pills available for sale to anyone who wishes to buy them both online and over-the-counter.

Most have around 200 mg of caffeine per pill.

Caffeine pills have been a factor in a few recorded deaths to date.

One of the most popular is NoDoz Extra Strength, which contains 200 mg per pill or 12,000 mg/per 60 count bottle.

A bottle of NoDoz has enough caffeine to kill a person and then some.

lethal for 1.3 adults

6. Stakk’d Caffeine Mixer

stakk'd caffeine mixer
This product consists of liquid caffeine and vitamins that is meant to be mixed into your favorite drink or alcoholic beverage. It comes in a 25.5 fluid ounce bottle, so it is up to the consumer to measure each serving accurately.

Each 1 fluid ounce serving of Stakk’d contains 180 mg of caffeine or about 4590 mg per bottle.

While this isn’t enough caffeine to be lethal for an average adult, it certainly would be enough to induce severe overdose symptoms and could be lethal for children or smaller adults.

7. Death Wish Coffee

death wish coffee
Death Wish Coffee has become popular over the last year or so due to some pretty savvy marketing techniques. However, it isn’t like regular coffee since it is made from robusta coffee beans and contains 200% more caffeine than standard arabica bean based coffee.

A 64 fl.oz. pot of Death Wish Coffee made according to their guidelines would contain about 3,472 mg of caffeine!

This isn’t a lethal dose for an average adult, but more than enough to cause severe overdose symptoms. Those that typically drink a pot of coffee a day could be caught off guard by this product.

8. Chameleon Cold Brew

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Chameleon Cold Brew Coffee is a popular brand of concentrated cold brew coffee.

This type of coffee is becoming popular with consumers, but many don’t realize that these products are highly concentrated. Cold brew is smooth and easy to drink.

A 32 fl.oz. bottle of Chameleon Cold Brew contains 2,160 mg of caffeine.

While this isn’t enough to kill an average adult, it is enough to produce moderate to severe overdose effects on those who try to drink a whole bottle in a short period of time.

How These Made the List

While many products would have more caffeine per serving than some of these, we took into account the number of servings per container or bottle, since not stopping after the recommended serving on purpose or by accident could have deadly results.

The lethal dose (LD50) of caffeine for an average adult human (62 Kilograms) is on average 150 mg/kg of body weight or 9,300 mg. This is the formula that we base our Death By Caffeine Application on.

However, moderate to severe caffeine overdose symptoms can set in at around 600mg and caffeine related deaths have occurred with as little as 1000 to 2000 milligrams of caffeine. Even less if underlying heart conditions were present.

Should Products Like This Be For Sale?

Some of these have no business being in the hands of consumers, especially minors and should be reserved for commercial use only. Others perhaps should be restricted for sale to adults only.

The coffee products aren’t too concerning since these products tend to be sipped rather than consumed rapidly as is the danger with most of the other products on this list.

We urge consumers to use caffeine responsibly and treat this drug with respect as not doing so can potentially be dangerous, if not deadly.

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  • adam

    It’s all about being a knowledgable consumer. I personally use Body Fortress NOS Blast, pre-workout, but yea, I only take half the dose…..also, most people don’t realise, you gotta “cycle” your caffeine intake too…I recently did this…..cut out my morning cup of java completely…..I used to be a 4-cups-a-day kinda guy…..not for the “energy” aspect, but just liked the taste of a good brew lol. But after cutting down my caffeine for a couple weeks, and then going back on, I get more energy effects…..I got a coworker who balks that he can chug 2 5-hour energies and not feel a thing! That’s some high caffeine tolerance there….

  • blaineUSA

    Oh yes, we definitely need more restriction. The real problem with the world is consumers having the freedom to decide what to buy for themselves. I tell you the real danger to all humanity is freedom–freedom to buy, freedom to sell, freedom of ideas… You know what we really need: a good strong government who is willing to remove all freedom from consumers and from businesses to make any choices regarding what they want–ESPECIALLY when those choices could harm someone. Said government should make all the choices for consumers and businesses because you know how much better government can make choices in interest of individuals than the actual individual…

  • thisgirl

    I really hope you are being sarcastic

  • tapelt

    I use caffeine tablets (200mg each) on occasion, but never more than one at a time or two in 24 hours. I can’t imagine anyone taking an entire bottle at once.

  • Ted

    I know me either, but it has happened.

  • Cendius

    I believe it’s called Darwinism.

  • Death Wish Coffee Company

    We are honored to be on this high caffeine list, as scary as it may seem. While caffeine should be consumed with some level or respect and responsibility, we would like to point out that our coffee is USDA certified organic, and fair trade. There are zero additives because we believe that strong coffee should be delicious and responsibly sourced. Feel free to visit our website and contact us with any questions. Stay caffeinated.

  • Micah

    You have nothing to apologize for Death Wish 🙂 that’s the great thing about the free market. If you don’t like something you don’t need to buy it, just don’t try to get in the way of the other people who do want to. I would proudly stock your coffee in my cupboard.

  • energyfanatic291

    I wonder if its bad that i take 1/4- 1/2 teaspoon of caffeine powder a day, been doing that for awhile now haven’t noticed any noticed any negative effects.

  • expectinghatefromthis

    Yea totally! Get rid of all those pesky government regulations that restrict everyone’s freedoms! It’s the government’s fault there’s no world peace and an endless other problems that I can;t think of right now! Once there gone everything will be solved! At last I’ll have the FREEDOM to do as I please for I am a consumer and I know what is best for me!

  • Ted

    Is it a particular brand? Perhaps it’s “cut” with another substance making it less potent?

  • Jeremy

    Remember that caffeine is an accelerent, and it excites cellular activity. This includes your gastric tract. You may end up with ulcers, like I have. Good luck, be safe. I started with 200mg, then over a course of years, I would take about 800mg a day. Now, I take omeprozole.

  • energyfanatic291

    same brand that’s on this list

  • Ted

    wow, then you have a natural low sensitivity to caffeine or you have built up a high tolerance to it over time.

  • JamesF

    I’m familiar with omeprazole. How can you be sure it was caffeine that lead to the ulcers?

  • energyfanatic291

    from what i looked up, all i found was that it can worsen the pain of an existing ulcer

  • Jeremy

    I’m not a doctor, but my doctor is. When I walked in with a month-long stomach ache, and explained my diet, lifestyle, etc, the big thing that made the doctor go (0.0) was my caffeine intake, and stress. At the time, I worked graveyard, so caffeine was a very regular part of my diet, plus I really enjoy spicy food.

  • JamesF

    So probably a combination of lots of factors. Caffeine does cause gastro-intestitinal upset in some people.

  • Chris C

    That’s an old paradigm. It’s widely accepted now that the most common cause of peptic ulcers is a helicopbacter pylori infection. Caffeine in particular has been found to have no effect on the development of ulcers whatsoever. It might give you an upset stomach, but that’s about it.

    But, as with any kind of infection, excessive stress can lower our resistance, which is probably why stress and ulcers are associated. (And stressed out people often drink more coffee, so…)

  • Chris C

    It’s possible to use anything responsibly. Back when it was legal I used an ephedra supplement for weight loss. Knowing it was a powerful stimulant, I avoided others (including caffeine) while I was taking it. Seemed to work too, although that might have had something to do with the fact I was drinking less Coke.

    Then Steve Belcher dropped dead, and ephedra was blamed. Maybe it had something to do with it. From media reports, it sounded as if he took an entire day’s dose all at once instead of 3 smaller doses spread out over a whole day. Should it have been banned? Well, if you want to protect people from their own stupidity, I suppose so.

Last Modified: September 7, 2015

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