Redline Energy Drink Side Effects

Redline energy drink, made by Vital Pharmaceuticals, which trades as VPX, is marketed as an energy booster and weight-loss drink, sold in health food stores and health clubs. Ingredients include a number of stimulants, including dehydrated coffee, yerba mate, green tea and yohimbine. The drink also contains evodiamine, which may aid in weight loss by increasing fat burning. The VPX website recommends starting with no more than 2 oz of the drink, until you know how you react to it. Redline, like many high-potency energy drinks, can have serious, even dangerous side effects. Talk to your doctor before drinking Redline.

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Redline causes severe shivering; in fact, the shivering mechanism is one of the main weight-loss mechanisms, according to the Redline website. Uncontrollable shivering is an attempt to lower body temperature when you have a fever. The website states that your body release stored fat in response to shivering. Yohimbe, one of the drugs in the energy drink, can cause tremors and dizziness.

Rapid Heartbeat

Because this drink contains large amounts of caffeine and other stimulants, you may develop a rapid heartbeat. You may feel chest pain, a sensation that your heart is pounding, accompanied by anxiety and possibly a rise in blood pressure. People who have hypertension may also develop aortic stiffness as a temporary side effect of high caffeine intake, states.


Redline energy drink induces sweating, which the Redline website claims increases fat burning. Both green tea and anhydrous caffeine both induce a thermogenic effect.


The caffeine in this drink can cause anxiety, which can progress to panic attacks. Irritability, restlessness and difficulty sleeping can occur in people drinking Redline.


Nausea and vomiting can occur as a reaction to excess caffeine ingestion or from yohimbe. Severe diarrhea can also occur.

Is This an Emergency?

If you are experiencing serious medical symptoms, seek emergency treatment immediately.
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