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    Allergic Reaction


    I got a few samples of this energy drink mix called zizzazz at a local bodybuilding show I went to a while back and decided to try it today. I mixed two packets in about 1/4 gallon water and downed it. Within 10 minutes my skin got really red and I felt really hot. I started getting hives all over my body.

    I ended up going to the ER and getting benadryl and everything turned out ok.

    I'm trying to figure out what I might have been allergic to. Anybody have any similar reactions?

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    That's horrible. What did it have in it? label?
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    Maybe it was a niacin flush? I believe there is some in that stuff
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    Quote Originally Posted by bolt10 View Post
    Maybe it was a niacin flush? I believe there is some in that stuff
    That would be my guess. Especially if you've had no problems with any other similar type product.
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    I've never had a problem with anything with niacin in it before....At first I thought it was just a niacin flush but once I started getting hives and my skin got puffy I knew something wasn't right...

    Here is the label

    1 Serving Tangerine Tango
    Supplement Facts
    Serving Size1Stick(7g)
    Servings Per Container1
    Amount Per Serving % DV
    Calories 20
    Total Fat 0g
    Saturated Fat 0g
    Trans Fat 0g
    Cholesterol 0mg
    Sodium 0mg
    Total Carbohydrates 4g
    Sugars 1g
    Protein 0g
    Vitamin A (45%DV)
    Vitamin C (1000%DV)
    Vitamin E (50%DV)
    Niacin (150%DV)
    Vitamin B6 (100%DV)
    Folate (50%DV)
    Vitamin B12 (1000%DV)
    Pantothenic Acid (100%DV)
    * Percent Daily Values (DV) are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
    Other Ingredients
    Maltodextrin, Citric Acid, Dextrose, Fructose, Taurine, Fruit, And Vegetable Juice, And Beta Carotene (For Color), Ascorbic Acid, Phenylalanine, Caffeine, Sucralose, Acesulfame K, Niacin, Natural And Artificial Flavors, Vitamin E Acetate, Calcium D-Pantothenate, Glucuronolactone, Cyanocobalamin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Ginseng Extract, Green Tea Extract, Rhodiola Rosea Extract, Lipoic Acid, And Folic Acid.
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    Looks like niacin + assortment of other stuff caused a flush which you mistook as an allergic reaction?
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    Yup. I almost sent a buddy to the ER after giving him a dose of Poseidon. He was unaware of the niacin flush and when he arrived at work, he was red and itchy all over. His coworkers almost convinced him to go to the ER. But, the symptoms subsided and all was well.

    I felt bad. But, I laughed hysterically when he told me the next day.
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    It most definitely was NOT a niacin flush. I've been taking supps a long time and know what that feels like...literally I was covered in hives and my skin was swelling...my forearm looked like it had really bad cellulite...
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    Quote Originally Posted by SoCo4Fun View Post
    It most definitely was NOT a niacin flush. I've been taking supps a long time and know what that feels like...literally I was covered in hives and my skin was swelling...my forearm looked like it had really bad cellulite...
    I'm confident in the niacin flush diagnosis. I tried 3 scoops Poseidon in my last dose. It was THE most intense flush I've ever had. Bottom of forearms turned bright splotchy red and the splotchiness had a raised effect to it as well as warmth.

    It was a bit scary and uncomfortable as I've never had the raised skin and warmth.

    IMO, if you were really having that bad of a reaction to something you ingested (rather than topical), your throat would have probably swelled among other more serious effects, and not just the flushing of near-to-skin capillaries. I'm not saying you are a supp noob or don't know about the flush. It's just that I've had a comparable reaction which I deemed niacin flush.

    IMHO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ShakesAllDay View Post
    I'm confident in the niacin flush diagnosis. I tried 3 scoops Poseidon in my last dose. It was THE most intense flush I've ever had. Bottom of forearms turned bright splotchy red and the splotchiness had a raised effect to it as well as warmth.

    It was a bit scary and uncomfortable as I've never had the raised skin and warmth.

    IMO, if you were really having that bad of a reaction to something you ingested (rather than topical), your throat would have probably swelled among other more serious effects, and not just the flushing of near-to-skin capillaries. I'm not saying you are a supp noob or don't know about the flush. It's just that I've had a comparable reaction which I deemed niacin flush.

    IMHO.

    I appreciate everybody's input as I try to figure this out.

    Take for instance Endorush...on any given workday I'll drink two of those without even the mildest flush....granted the zizzazz doesn't have the amount of niacin listed on the label so I guess there is the possibility that there is some huge amount in there but...
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    Quote Originally Posted by SoCo4Fun View Post
    I appreciate everybody's input as I try to figure this out.

    Take for instance Endorush...on any given workday I'll drink two of those without even the mildest flush....granted the zizzazz doesn't have the amount of niacin listed on the label so I guess there is the possibility that there is some huge amount in there but...
    You never know. I know I can take the same amount of a product on 2 occasions and have very different flush effects. Most of the time I never get the flush. But, every once in awhile, even a modest dose sends my skin into Hell.

    Good luck in finding out w/ the deal is, though.
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    I'd just be good to find out what exactly caused it. I know my mom (she's an RN at the ER I went to) definitely was concerned by the hives that covered my back when I went in.
  

  
 

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