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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.

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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.