Spike Shooter Pulled From 7-Eleven Stores

spike-shooter-bannedSpike Shooter has been banned due to it’s extremely high caffeine and the inclusion of other stimulants.

CBS news covered one such story of why and how the ban occurred.

Here are some curious things about the story.

  • 7-Eleven were handing out free samples of Spike Shooter to high school students. That strikes me as being a little irresponsible. Who was doing the handing out – was it Biotest or 7-Eleven?
  • Does it make sense to you to hand out a product to high school kids that specifically says “not for under 18s”?

One guy featured in the story was sent to the emergency room and diagnosed with a “caffeine overdose”. We know that Spike Shooter has 300mg of caffeine. That seems a little low for an overdose – given that you could get the same amount of caffeine out of a Starbucks Grande brewed coffee, but taken all at once can be troublesome for some.

The problem with Spike Shooter could be

  1. The synergistic effect of the N-Acetyl-L-tyrosine and Yohimbe Hcl.
  2. The unfortunate guy in the story was quite caffeine-sensitive and/or had low-tolerance and/or had not eaten anything for a while.
  3. He had already consumed caffeine prior to this.

His symptoms were quite serious – increased blood pressure, heart rate. He claimed he was “going blue” and shaking.

Blanket bans of products simply because people don’t take warnings seriously probably only make products more appealing (prohibition).

However – if some of these diet supplement companies are going to push their drinks into the teen demographic (either overtly or by subtle branding tactics) — then we are going to have a problem.

Spike Shooter Also Banned in High School Athletics

Doherty High School in Colorado Springs has “banned” students from drinking Biotest Spike Shooter.

After drinking a can each – two students were taken to hospital after complaining of nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and heart palpitations. Apparently one girl had to be “brought down in a wheelchair because she could not walk steadily”.

It’s important to note that Spike didn’t make Caffeine Informer’s most highly caffeinated drink list. (includes pictures of nutrition labels).

Spike Shooter comes with a VERY clear warning: “Don’t drink if under 18.”

I also suspect these students were drinking it on an empty stomach. Even drinking brewed coffee can cause problems when consumed on an empty stomach.

Spike Shooter also warns “drink only half a can at a time”.

At Caffeine Informer we’ve heard some positive reports about the drink – particularly with those who are active weight lifters.

The school principal is right to ban the drink from the school – because SPIKE is only for people over 18.

Another question is – where did the kids get the drink?

If from GNC – then the salespeople there have a duty to use some common sense when selling supplements to people under 18.

The issue here is not so much the strength of the drink – but if and how it is being marketed to young people.

Xyience Xenergy is in the same category – they are making a very clear push into the teen demographic – yet they are a supplement company who make energy products for bodybuilders.

Redline RTD is also in the same category – why sell a supplement like this at a 7-Eleven?  It has also sent people to the hospital.

  • Matt

    Well I know for a fact that Yohimbe can give you very scary side effects when to have certain foods.

  • guy

    Do a lot more research plze. What’s starting to come to the front of all of this publicity is that people are slamming multiple cans of Spike at one time. I live in Colorado Springs and can attest that the overwhelming vast majority of people enjoy Spike. Its too bad that a few idiots who don’t take the warnings serioiusly are making everyone else suffer

  • http://www.dewknight.com DewKnight

    Man, they pull this from 7-11 before I get a chance to try it. I consume about 3500 mg of caffeine per day, I wanted to try this thing! It’s crap that people can’t have some personal responsibility

  • caffeinedream

    Is there another retailer, perhaps GNC, that still sells the Spike shooter, or is it exclusively available through the Biotest website now?

  • sdp

    I saw cans of Spike on the shelves of a GNC in Houston therefore I assume it is available elsewhere. I didn’t know it had 300mg of caffeine . . . nice!

  • http://wisted.blogspot.com wisted

    I’m not surprised it was pulled from several schools and 7-11. It seems unilaterally irresponsible for a corporation to pander to a market clearly out of tune with what is safe for consumption. Furthermore, yohimbe is an untested supplement known to create aberrations in certain individuals.

    Sure, there is a warning clearly plastered on the side, but how many potential customers will actually heed the label? Isn’t the point of energy drinks and other products of that ilk to indulge hedonistically, health-be-damned? Makes me wonder what will happen if Modafinil ever becomes liquified.

    For anyone who hasn’t read up on Modafinil, it is basically a legal meth. It can (and will) keep you up for days, supposedly without the inconvenient side-effects of pesky controlled substances like cocaine and methamphetamines.

    For a very enlightening article about the future of commercialized energy, check this link out @ New Scientist:
    http://www.newscientist.com/channel/health/mg18925391.300

  • tim

    these high schoolers must have taken an overdose because the can specificly says 1 can a day. i am 14 years old and i have consumed alread 3 cand in 3 different days so far other than an energy rush i am fine. the rush lasts for about maybe 3-5 hours.

  • stone rogers

    I think the FDA needs to get involved in these types of products. Why are companies allowed to make products and make big claims about them? These products are just like what the old-time huksters used to go around selling. Who is looking out for the consumer. It wasn’t just one high schooler that had an adverse reaction, there were several students involved. One of them had to be wheeled out of school in a wheelchair.

  • http://www.gigastorm.net Elantrix

    It’s funny how people go “Energy drinks are bad for your health because of the high amount of caffeine” and those saying that would most likely be drinking a regular coffee with the same or if not more caffeine.

    Like I said before, to get an overdose from an energy drink is extremely hard UNLESS you are either caffeine sensitive or pregnant due to the fact that you wouldn’t even be able to hold half of the required caffeine for a LD-50(50% chance of a lethal dose) due to your stomach size.

    In a nutshell, if you ban under 18yr olds to drink energy drinks, you might as well ban coffee to them too, but ultimately it’s up to the parents to warn their children of the possible side effects of caffeine at a young age, then complaining to the media and FDA about it.

  • dawn

    Well I have tested the spike drink and I like it. It is sad that people don’t read the information on products before drinking the stuff.. I know of one store that still sales the product and that’s jays conv store in colorado springs

  • Chris

    Ive had the spike shooter before and i love it! the first time i drank the whole can and got a caffeine rush but after that the side effects are minimal (besides having more energy). Someone said they have 3500mg of caffeine a day, sorry but you would be dead. An average weighted person’s heart and kidneys simply cannot handle that much.

  • http://www.dewknight.com DewKnight

    I had spike shooter… not bad, but not awesome. Strong taste of fake sugar, which I cannot stand. The taste is alright, not annoying like some energy drinks.

    Chris: I do consume large amounts of caffeine up to that point. I have consumed large amounts of caffeine all of my life, and it simply has almost no affect on me now (other than when I stop consuming it).

    Spike shooter is only 300mg of caffeine, that’s a joke, it’s just a large cup of coffee’s worth (of the good stuff).

  • http://www.dewknight.com DewKnight

    damnit and I forgot to mention, it is 2500, not 3500, I had misposted first

  • Buah

    I drink Spike Shooter not only to keep me going at work (I speed walk from 4pm-Midnight)butalso when im working my body extra hard, I drink one with a meal or right before im about to go rock climbing or working out. It DOES help ALOT and to me I have noticed and the other 5 people that I have had try this have also said they have not noticed any “crash” or come down from the energy drink. If there was one energy drink i’d recommend it WOULD be this drink!

    ‘DewKnight March 12th, 2007 2:40 am
    I had spike shooter… not bad, but not awesome. Strong taste of fake sugar, which I cannot stand.’
    I would rather have that fake sugar taste then the nice cool burn of some energy drinks as they go down :p

  • http://www.dewknight.com DewKnight

    Buah: That’s why you just stay on caffeine 24/7, no crash

  • speedofcaffeine

    dude. i dont really care how stupid people are. its not my fault if they dont pay attention to what theyre drinking. but i wanted some spike and they pulled it before i got the chance. seriously i cant stand what idiots like that ruin for the rest of us

  • http://www.dewknight.com DewKnight

    You can still find it at some 7/11′s and GNC

  • chris

    its 16 and under not 18 and under get your facts right

  • Nika

    Spike really isn’t that hard to find if you actually look. I usually get it from liquor stores. Conoco gas station still sells it too.

  • Travis

    You know, some people just don’t have a life so they have to complain. I like this stuff. When you have to work then go to school at night, this really helps. Now personally I have ONE (1) a day plus what ever is in a liter cola. I probably less then 800 mg of caffeine in a day. I agree with what some people have said. Why not ban coffee then? What about alcohol? Don’t some people go driving after they drink.. get DUIs? Pulling Spike because some high schoolers stupidity is just plain stupid! Some people just need to stop moaning and start listening… not that it will ever happen.

    BTY Chris, actually Spike does need to correct the age. The can says 16, but the site says 18.

    IMO, some people just need to STFU and use common since……

    http://www.t-nation.com/portal_includes/suppLabels/spikeShooterFacts.html
    (Got this page from spikeshooter.com)

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