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Do the non drowsy decongestants cough suppresants have caffeine? My heart is racing after taking a couple.

Do the non drowsy decongestants cough suppresants have caffeine? My heart is racing after taking a couple.

Heart rate: They have a component for due congestion which causes heart to race, usually pseudo ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate). Look on the labels, you should avoid these. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more


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Is it the caffeine in tea that puts it on the "to avoid" list when you're suffering from GERD that is provoking sob and chronic bronchospasm cough?

Is it the caffeine in tea that puts it on the "to avoid" list when you're suffering from GERD that is provoking sob and chronic bronchospasm cough?

GERD ; Caffeine: Yes. Of course. Caffeine is one of the products that causes the esophageal sphincter to be loose or more open allowing more acid to wash up into the esophagus. ...Read more

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Heart palps for 4 days with cough no sputum. Nausea at times. Palps last most of day and into night. No caffeine or other stimulants. I avoid these?

Heart palps for 4 days with cough no sputum. Nausea at times. Palps last most of day and into night. No caffeine or other stimulants. I avoid these?

Need cardiac monitor: You may benefit from cardiac evaluation and cardiac motoring (holter monitor or event monitor) to see if you have cardiac rhythm abnormalities (arrhythmia) ...Read more

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If you have urinary incontinence when sneezing or coughing is that from being overweight or too much caffeine? I am only 24 and have for long time.

If you have urinary incontinence when sneezing or coughing is that from being overweight or too much caffeine? I am only 24 and have for long time.

It could be: You should at your young age of 24 see a gynecologist or urologist to check that the valves that normally seal off leakage are normal. Meanwhile, try to lose weight, cut down on caffeine (which is a diuretic), and try doing Kegel exercises to increase the strength of those muscles. ...Read more

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Does caffeine make anxiety/ocd worse? If so, how much would be safe to drink? Would 1 or 2 cans of coca cola or Pepsi a day be ok?

Does caffeine make anxiety/ocd worse? If so, how much would be safe to drink? Would 1 or 2 cans of coca cola or Pepsi a day be ok?

Anxiety & caffeine: In my opinion any stimulant whether it be medication that's legal or illegal, caffeine, nicotine, and even sugar can increase the symptoms of anxiety and OCD. Therefore sugarfree and caffeine free sodas would be preferential. ...Read more

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LUQ pain, burning sensation, pretty constant, worse with sweets sometimes, not always. Caffeine doesn't seem to affect it. Could it be gastritis?

LUQ pain, burning sensation, pretty constant, worse with sweets sometimes, not always. Caffeine doesn't seem to affect it. Could it be gastritis?

Yes but...: Gastritis could produce those symptoms but if you're on pantoprazole and it still hurts then gastritis is less likely. Some people respond better to one acid reducer than another. Only way to know if it's gastritis is to look inside with a scope. Talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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Why does caffeine and cold weather make my fibromyalgia pain so much worse? Alternative for daily energy?

Why does caffeine and cold weather make my fibromyalgia pain so much worse? Alternative for daily energy?

Stress: 26y female's fibromyalgia worse w. coffee & cold weather. Coffee initially stimulates/alerts brain and then, in about 6 hours, causes brain centers to crash with evocation of fatigue. Cold causes muscles to contract; evoking increased pain in muscle already spastic & weakned from disuse. Use Cannabis sativa to decrease fatigue and pain. Yerba matte is another herb that stimulates alertness. ...Read more

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Lower back pain on one side or the other. Sometimes seems worse when I drink caffeine. What do you think this is? Sometimes it radiates to my side.

Lower back pain on one side or the other. Sometimes seems worse when I drink caffeine. What do you think this is? Sometimes it radiates to my side.

Need more info: With given info sounds like possible lumbar radiculopathy with pinch nerve from potential several things bulging disc facet arthritis, sciatica, etc. Suggest to discuss with your PCP for thorough lower back/ pelvis and neurologic exam follow by MRI if injection or surgery is indicated. ...Read more

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Shortness of breath caused by anemia, worse with caffeine, what should I do?

Shortness of breath caused by anemia, worse with caffeine, what should I do?

See doctor: If your shortness of breath is truly from anemia then that means your blood level is pretty low, and you should be evaluated by a doctor and you might need a blood transfusion. Shortness of breath could be due to other reasons even if u have anemia. Anxiety, fast heart rate (from caffeine) etc. ...Read more

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My dr put me on fioricet (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine) for my severe migraines. I get them every day and the med often makes it worse. Is there anything else I can take?

My dr put me on fioricet (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine) for my severe migraines. I get them every day and the med often makes it worse. Is there anything else I can take?

Yes, you sure can: Have not used barbiturates for migraine for literally years, as is not appropriate due to rebound reaction like you describe. Similar effect with opioids. You have chronic daily headaches and need to interrupt pattern with preventative agent such as depakote, topamax (topiramate) or otc prep such as riboflavin, coq10, feverfew, butterbur, magnesium. See headache specialist. ...Read more

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Can caffeine decrease effectiveness of clonazepam, risperidone or lovaza? It seems as though after a few cups of coffee or tea my symptoms get worse.

Can caffeine decrease effectiveness of clonazepam, risperidone or lovaza? It seems as though after a few cups of coffee or tea my symptoms get worse.

Do cut caffeine: Also, anxiety symptoms can be much more effectively treated by cognitive behavioral therapy than by using Clonazepam (which can be over-sedating and addictive). Be worth meeting with a licensed clinical psychologist with experience in this form of specialist therapy. ...Read more

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Can too much tea and sugar cause hems to get worse and bleed? Especially taken an empty stomach? I have read where caffeine is not good for them.

Can too much tea and sugar cause hems to get worse and bleed? Especially taken an empty stomach? I have read where caffeine is not good for them.

Sort of...: Caffeine is bad for hemorrhoids only in the sense that it can cause upset or more frequent bowel movements, which can make it harder for hemorrhoids to heal when inflamed. Probably best to hold off when they're inflamed, and concentrate on good, healthy, high fiber diet. ...Read more

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Irregular heart beat and pots and leaky valve. Stopped caffeine for about 6 months. And it seems my symptoms got worse? Thought caffeine made it worse?

Irregular heart beat and pots and leaky valve. Stopped caffeine for about 6 months. And it seems my symptoms got worse? Thought caffeine made it worse?

Red herring: It is the nature of palpitations to be variable and unpredictable. Your observation that you're worse off caffeine is surely due to chance variation. ...Read more

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I take 200mg of lamictal (bp2) and 150 buproprion for depression/anxiety. My anxiety has been steadily getting worse. A caffeine reaction? Any ideas?

I take 200mg of lamictal (bp2) and 150 buproprion for depression/anxiety. My anxiety has been steadily getting worse. A caffeine reaction? Any ideas?

Discuss with doc: Lamictal is a mood stabilizer & may help depression wellbutrin (bupropion) is an antidepressant that is stimulating and doesn't help anxiety--need to talk with your doc. ...Read more

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