VPX Redline Putting People In Hospital


Redline Energy Drink may be racking up a history of sending some people to the hospital with health problems.

After all, Redline is one of the most powerful energy drinks and has even been pulled from some retailers’ shelves.

Redline is really intended to be used as a workout aid and energy drink enthusiasts know that Redline is a drink that you don’t mess with.

The label on the bottle says to only drink a half of a bottle at a time.

However, some fail to heed or read these warning and have found themselves in the hospital because of Redline.

Health Problems Linked to Redline

Here are some reported cases of people drinking Redline and then experiencing negative health consequences.

  1. A guy drinks two 8-ounce cans of Redline RTD (along with a burrito). Minutes later he collapses, shaking violently (via SacBee). He got Redline from a 7-11.
  2. A teenager who drank several Redlines per day had the following problems revealed by an endoscope. Severe inflammation, bleeding and ulcerations in a the upper part of the small intestine, which was causing severe stomach pain. src.
  3. A Texas man filed suit against Redline because within 10 hours of drinking the energy drink he experienced “excessive heart rate, extreme chest pain, lost sensation in his hands and had extreme nausea” . He had to be hospitalized until they could get his heart rate under control. src.
  4. A 57 year old man suffered a hemorrhagic stroke after consuming a Redline. He reported that his symptoms began 15 minutes after consumption. The man in question did not follow the recomendations on the bottle to only consume half at a time and to avoid consumption if suffering from high blodd pressure. Here’s the abstract and a more detailed article about the event.

Is It just the Caffeine in Redline?

Besides the caffeine Redline contains (250-316 milligrams), it also contains Yohimbine, which is another powerful stimulant. According to drugs.com the side effects of Yohimbe are as follows.

  • Nervous system side effects have included excitation, increased motor activity, tremor, and dizziness.
  • Cardiovascular side effects have included elevation in blood pressure and increase in heart rate.
  • Gastrointestinal side effects have included nausea and vomiting, commonly reported after parenteral administration of yohimbine.
  • Psychiatric side effects have included irritability and generalized anxiety.
  • General side effects have included headache and increase in sweating.
  • Dermatologic side effects have included skin flushing reported with oral administration.

Who’s to Blame?

At Caffeine Informer we believe there is shared responsibility on both the part of the manufacturer and the consumer.

The manufacturer must clearly post warnings and directions of use as well as not promote the product where it could fall into the hands of minors.

However, it is the consumer’s responsibility to heed warning labels and use products only as directed.

Some may not understand how his/her body will react to the stimulants in Redline and that is why consumers are directed to consume only half a bottle at a time.

We hope the reports of the hospitalizations as the result of Redline, will teach people to follow the energy drink’s warning label and prevent history from repeating itself.

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  • Shawnee

    I like to drink Redline about 20 minutes before my workouts. It helps keep up my stamina. I do not experience shaking or any of those other symptoms. I do not drink it unless I am going to workout. I also only drink it in the morning and I am able to sleep fine.

  • Nicky

    I think I just figured out my limit on redline. I usually split a bottle with my friend, but he’s a lot bigger than me. He convinced me to take 3 pills, which is usually what he takes, and the results were terrible. I got shaky and nauseous and got the worst headache I’ve ever had. My eyes wouldn’t focus, and my heartrate remained elevated for hours. Frankly, it sucked.

  • Andres

    I love Redline!! by far the best energy drink i have ever tried! number two in my list is NOS energy, but redline remains number one!!

  • Nathan

    My wife and I use this product daily shots and drink, We have 3 kids so it goes without saying we are very tired most of the time. My wife started to use this as a weight loss aid and has lost 35 to 40 pounds in about 3 months! Woots!! she looks and feels great!!! I take them for the energy boost. I have not had a single bad experience with this drink Sometimes I sweat a bit and my hands will be shakey, nothing that concerns me. Be smart, eat smart ( avoid high sugar and fat foods ) read the bottle and dont mix with those other energy drinks that don’t work anyhow. And just a bit of advice, eat regularly, your body needs food to function you will feel better and be healthier if you just watch what you eat. The beauty of this product is you can eat and still lose weight! Be smart and you won’t have any problems.

  • Matt Attack

    Redline is a great product. However, I have seen both sides of the coin with this one. The first time I tried it, I felt like I was on speed. The guy who gave it to me told me that it was an energy drink. Foolishly, I downed one on an empty stomach. Uh oh. Wowowowowowowowowowowo! Yayayayayayayayaya! Mommy! I want my mommy! My ears were ringing and I was sweating profusely. Don’t drink this stuff on an empty stomach, ever. And don’t drink it unless you workout. That’s what it is for. In complete moderation prior to workouts.

  • Jessy

    Redline should be taken off the market. I drank a bottle and it did nothing, a few days later I tried it again. The second time I started shaking and my heart rate was very rapid, I shook so bad I fell down the stairs. My entire body felt like it was asleep. I was terrified. Maybe it just affects other people harder than others, if not taken off the market then there should at the very least be a list of possible side effects on the lable.

  • natalie

    I have taken redline… the first time i suggest is only drinking half of it first. For the people that are under the age of 18 it is not requimended. I pretty sure it says that on there. Just like any other diet pill or drink. Think about that. I just say drink and take the pill responible.Just like everything else. Dont mix differant energy drinks that is just retarded.You’re asking for a heart attack and that is your fault. Again it is just being responsible. DUH

  • jm1409

    I have been using redline for years but have never taken the drink. I buy the concentrated bottles. Back in the day it used to be cinnamon flavored, I miss that. Dont know why they took the cinnamon out because it is a metabolic stimulant as well. One of the early bottles I had I was not shaking before taking and I am small so I was taking way less than the bottle suggested but when it got to the end I decided to put a little water in the bottle and shake up the sludge on the bottom… OMG! I thought my heart was going to burst out of my chest it was beating so hard and I was really scared, luckily it lasted only an hour as I was eating crackers like crazy to absorbe the fluid in my stomach, a trick I learned in the coast guard for sea sickness.

  • Coyote

    Pulling Redline from the shelves won’t save you stupid people who don’t read the can before you down it in one “look at me, I’m tough” gulp. When 3 quarters of the bottle is a WARNING, and you have to unscrew the WARNING CAP from the bottle, you pretty much take responsibility for whatever you consume.

    I don’t think the issue is “less Redline”, I think it should be MORE Redline. Maybe if a few of your hearts friggin’ exploded you’d learn how to read.

    Go back to your redbull and 5 hour energy. Leave the good stuff to the big kids.

  • I would like it if someone told me a story of a time when someone actually drank half the bottle and got sick. You are only supposed to drink half the bottle, not two bottles. If you drink half the bottle, then that is 125 milligrams of caffeine. To put that into perspective, if you drink half of a spike shooter, you consume about 150 milligrams of caffeine.

  • Jay

    I don’t understand many of the comments here. I have been taking Redline on average 3 times a week for more than 2 years. I drink 1 bottle. Typically Grape or Triple Berry. It gives me a nice edge in the gym. It gets my heart pumping and raises my body temperature resulting in warmer muscles, which is a good thing.

    The only ill effect I have ever experienced is slight irritability which I attribute to the caffeine. Otherwise I can’t even tell there is caffeine in there.

    I love the taste of Redline. Not sure why it gets bad reviews for taste.

    I am not a small individual. I am a 240 lb. weight lifter. It is not designed as a cup of coffee or something to wake you up. It is designed as something to help your workout.

    I think its a great product and plan on using it well into the future.

  • Jcf

    Im 35 yrs old and was training hardcore with redline for a few months, drinking a bottle just before working out in NYC. MMA, weights and cardio. I consider myself in good shape and played 20 years of competitive sports. One day in the summer of 2009, I was training, while on redline and had the scare of my life. I was in the midst of doing cable cross overs, and i thought i was having a massive heart attack. It felt like my heart was going to pop out of my chest. I couldnt catch my breath and was about thirty seconds away from calling an ambulance. I now drink 1/2 of bottle before I train. LOL. The story is true, and was scary as crap.

  • Kahlil

    i went to gnc and started reading the bottle, and i thought why not ? let’s try it. i went home and followed the instructions from a to z. since i’ve experimented using thermo burst and ripped fuel extreme those where good energy boosters. i took a doze of ONLY 2 PILLS WITH WATER AFTER I ATE, nothing more and DAMN !! WTF ?, for the last 3 days i had this pain on my heart every time i breath heavily it hurts like hell, even when i stand up i have a pressure on my heart and it still hurts. when i breath normal i feel it a little, but not enough to complain. i can’t even do push ups right without feeling the intense pain on my heart. luckily I’m not putting my life at risk for this crap, i read the ingredients before buying them and i knew they were a caffeine power house. when i was in the military hydroxy cut which ever brand IS ILLEGAL !! in the military. THIS STUFF SHOULD BE ILLEGAL !!! WHY PUT THIS PRODUCT ON THE MARKED IF IT’S NOT TESTED PROPERLY, NOW THE QUESTION IS, IS THE COMPANY GOING TO ASSUME FULL RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEIR ACTIONS IF ANYTHING HAPPENS TO ME OR SOMEONE ELSE AND WOULD THEY ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY KNOWING ABOUT THE PROBLEM AND NOT SAYING ANYTHING ABOUT IT TO THE PUBLIC ??? editors if you do not post this comment to the public and let them know my opinion, i promise you this, the truth will be known. and are you afraid of the truth ?

  • bob

    Kahlil you may have had those symptoms but I doubt the Redline pills were still hurting your heart days later. These have been on the market for years. I know a 100lb girl and she takes these daily for months and had no problems. maybe it was just a coincidence? As for this site not posting your comments you must not have read many comments here. They do no censure anything and they are not owned by redline. Why would they try to hide the “truth” lol.

  • evan

    okay legit im 16 drank 2 servings of redline on the way to school. i was shaking very bad, it seemed like i was in 10 degree weather but it was 75 degrees, i was sweating, very sick to my stomach. had to leave school. i honestly thought i was gunna pass out at one point. my heart was goin sooo fast it was unbelievable. i dont reccomend this at all.

  • Dan

    I had a horrible reaction to this today, I was tense, my anxiety was through the roof and I was vomiting. I am a very healthy man who frequently works out and this stuff hit me wrong. There is something in this that isn’t right, I am sick of hearing about how it was people who didn’t follow the label! I drink about 8 cups of coffee in one sitting, to start my day, and in my younger days did a lot of cocaine! I overdosed on cocaine once and it was the most unpleasant experience of my life, that is until i tried this crap! I can Honestly say this was worse and it needs to be looked into! maybe it doesn’t hit people right do to genetics i don’t know what it is but until it is found out to many people this stuff is incredibly dangerous and to many maybe not but VPX needs to take responsibilty and figure it out because i was honestly afraid i was going to die! VPX get your stuff together and solve this, it obviously isn’t because people aren’t reading the label!

  • jess

    I take 2 redline pills approximately 20 mins before I play football and it keeps me running hard the entire day. I started off taking one pill 10 min before kick off, now I take 1 before kick of then one at half time…. Most the time.when first took it, it made my breathing really thick and it was hard to.catch my breath. Now I have no crazy side effects just massive amounts of focus and stamina. The only down fall is I usually crash pretty hard once the game is over. I love redline and ill keep using it.

  • derfman

    i work in retail and all 4 of us managers drink this. the store is cleaned up in no time flat and associates cant keep up to us. they are starting to use it too, because we walk so much in a day it helps keep our energy up. also their is no burn out to this stuff its great


    Love the drink!!! Unfortunatly so much that i have become extremly addicted to it. For the last 6 years i have been drinking at least 1 can a day usually 2 (even an entire 4 pack poured into a Big Gulp on a bet once). Expensive habbit to keep up but REDLINE is my NZT. Everything becomes more vibrant, all my senses are heightened, i think faster and more clearly, and it forces a perpetual smile. Im sure my life will be shorter because of it but i wouldnt be the same without it.

  • kurt

    hi, i took 2 redline energy drinks in a 1 hour period one night, experienced all the symptoms of vomiting, anxiety, etc. but its been about 3 weeks now and my head is feeling spacey, my energy feels low and its almost the feeling of bein a slight high because my hearing with my surroundings is weird and i just dont feel the same still, i dont know what to do or what it could be? and i dont ever take energy drinks and im 21 years old.

Last Modified: November 29, 2016