Police have seized a Queensland store's supply of caffeine pills after a 19-year-old was hospitalised with double the normal heart rate over the weekend.
Sold as Giggle Laughing herbal supplements, the tablets contain the same level of caffeine as 20 cups of coffee and are marketed as a ‘legal high.’
The Federal Government is investigating the pills after a young Brisbane man was taken to hospital on Saturday night, having earlier taken one of the New Zealand-made tablets.
Party pill retailer Off Ya Tree sells the drug on their website with the disclaimer "these are one of the strongest party pills so only take one."
The pills can be bought in a pack of three for $29.95.
Another online retailer warns the Giggle pills may cause jaw tension, altered perception, insomnia and suppressed appetite.
Emergency Medicine Queensland chairman David Rosengren said the caffeine tablets made for a "significant health risk".
"It's not uncommon for us to see people coming in with symptoms of excessive caffeine ingestion and irregular palpitations, heart arrhythmias," he told the The Courier Mail .
The 19-year-old was rushed to hospital suffering dizziness and a heart rate of 166 beats per minute, twice the normal rate.
Off Ya Tree's website carries a warning for users to "party responsibly on party pills, so we can keep these products legal for everyone to enjoy."
By ninemsn staff
Tuesday September 29, 2009