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- Do I need a prescription for caffeine tablets-oral?
- What are the side effects of caffeine tablets-oral?
- What is the dosage for caffeine tablets-oral?
- Which drugs or supplements interact with caffeine tablets-oral?
- Is caffeine tablets-oral safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
- What else should I know about caffeine tablets-oral?
What is caffeine tablets-oral, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
Caffeine acts as a stimulant of the nervous system by inhibiting the enzyme phosphodiesterase, just like theophylline and aminophylline. Inhibiting this enzyme leads to increased formation of the proteins which causes release of stimulating chemical signals known as neurotransmitters. These neurotransmitters bind to various sites in the body, including the brain, heart, and muscles to cause a stimulant effect.
What are the side effects of caffeine tablets-oral?
Side effects associated with caffeine supplements include irregular heartbeat, chest pain, flushing, palpitations, rapid heartbeat, agitation, dizziness, hallucinations, headache, insomnia, irritability, psychosis, restlessness, rash, increased pressure in the eye, and frequent urination.
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What is the dosage for caffeine tablets-oral?
100 to 200 mg every 3 to 4 hours as needed no later than 6 hours before bedtime.
Which drugs or supplements interact with caffeine tablets-oral?
Combining caffeine with other stimulating agents, such as methylphenidate (Ritalin, Ritalin SR, Ritalin LA, Concerta, Methylin, Methylin ER, Metadate CD, Metadate ER), should be done with caution. This combination may cause increased side effects including rapid heartbeat, high blood pressure, hallucinations, tremor, and anxiety. Other dietary sources of caffeine, such as tea, add to the effect. Caffeine should be used with caution with adenosine, as the effects of adenosine may be diminished. Linezolid, phenelzine, selegiline, and tranylcypromine combined with caffeine increases the risk of high blood pressure. Consider alternatives when combining caffeine and vemurafenib and Stiripentol as caffeine concentrations may be increased.
Is caffeine tablets-oral safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
Category C; usual dietary exposure to caffeine is unlikely to cause congenital malformations, however studies show conflicting results about adverse events. Concentrations in the mother are similar to those found in the fetus. Daily intake should be no more than 200 mg.
Caffeine enters the breast milk, and, therefore should be used cautiously by nursing mothers.
What else should I know about caffeine tablets-oral?
What preparations of caffeine tablets-oral are available?
Tablets: 200 mg; Lozenge: 75mg
How should I keep caffeine tablets-oral stored?
Caffeine should be stored at room temperature, between 20 C to 25 C (68 F to 77 F).
REFERENCE: FDA.gov. Medicines in my Home: Caffeine and Your Body.
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Caffeine (Enerjets, No Doz, Vivarin) is an over-the-counter (OTC) stimulant used to revive mental alertness and wakefulness when feeling fatigue and drowsiness or caffeine withdrawal. Side effects, drug interactions, dosage, and storage information should be reviewed prior to taking this drug.
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FatigueFatigue can be described in various ways. Sometimes fatigue is described as feeling a lack of energy and motivation (both mental and physical). The causes of fatigue are generally related to a variety of conditions or diseases for example:
- sleep problems,
- heart disease, and
- drug abuse.
Migraine headaches are severe headaches that are sensitive to light, sounds, and smells. Some people who suffer from migraines also have severe head pain. People also have symptoms of nausea and vomiting. Common migraine triggers may include:
- Certain foods
- Changes in barometric pressure
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They are diagnosed by a doctor if the headache pattern fits established migraine headache criteria. Over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription medications are sometime used to treat acute migraines. To prevent or reduce the frequency and severity of them doctors recommend supplements and prescription medications, for example:
- Blood pressure drugs
- Anti-seizure drugs
Lifestyle modification helps in migraine management. Many people who suffer from migraines get relief from their condition by keeping a headache diary, identifying and avoiding triggers, and taking appropriate medication.
Paroxysmal Supraventricular Tachycardia (PSVT)Paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia (PSVT) is an abnormal conduction of electricity in particular areas of the heart. PSVT was referred to at one time as paroxysmal atrial tachycardia or PAT, however, the term PAT is reserved for as specific heart condition. Symptoms of PSVT include weakness, shortness of breath, chest pressure, lightheadedness, and palpitations. PSVT is treated with medications or procedures that return the heart to its normal electrical pattern.
Problem SleepinessWhen sleepiness interferes with daily routines and activities, or reduces the ability to function, it is called "problem sleepiness." A person can have problem sleepiness without realizing it. Symptoms of problem sleepiness include: consistently don't get enough sleep, or poor quality sleep, fall asleep while driving, struggle to stay awake when inactive (like watching TV or reading), have difficulty paying attention or concentrating at work, school, or home, have poor performance problems at work or school, have difficulty remembering things, have slowed responses, have difficulty controlling your emotions, and/or if you have to take naps on most days.