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Can't concentrate: Possible. Also many medications can do that, especially sedatives taken during the day. ...Read more
What medications can you take for severe migraine that do not have caffeine? I am sensitive to it.
The chemical structure of caffeine resembles that of a common asthma medication, how, and what does this mean?
Not much: The asthma medications that coffee mimic fell out of favor decades ago when modern treatments became available. In order to get an equivalent benefit to the old aminophylline products (the chemical cousins) you would need to take so much that the side effects of hyper alertness, jitters, etc. Would be prohibitive. For the most part it is just doesn't worsen asthma. ...Read more
How can I treat insomnia without medication. Try to go to bed by 10:30pm sometimes up till 3am : I am caffeine free.
See below: Talk to you primary care doctor as to why you're experiencing insomnia. Meanwhile, establish time when you would like to go to bed. Create a bed time routine: warm showers, room on a slightly cooler side. Learn relaxation exercises to help put your body in a"i'm sleeeeeepy mode" :). Don't use your bedroom as your office. Our body likes schedules and routines. Remember that:). ...Read more
See that you: Have severe generalized anxiety disorder with tension headaches. So - decreasing anxiety would be a good start. Passion Flower, Lemon Balm, Humulus lupulus (Hops) Valerian & Chamomile may help. Although Kava Kava may help, it has potential to cause liver damage. Lavender & chamomile essential oils (not ingested) are also calming. Discuss use of any of these w/ your physician before use. ...Read more
Stimulants: Since both are stimulants (and similar in their effects and side effects), their side effect profiles can be additive. Thus, combining them could leave you feeling shaky, insomnia, increased heart rate and blood pressure. If you have less than 100 mg of caffeine, you probably won't notice much effect, but get higher than that in combination with the vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) and you could feel these effects. ...Read more
Is it ok to drink diet coke (i have psvt)? I am on medication for it so that makes caffeine ok, right?
Diet: You are better not drinking soda of any kind but non caffeinated beverages are better for you than those with stimulants. You are better off with water. ...Read more
Is caffeine better than taking medications or supplements which boosts focusing and memory like doxiderol or cerebral success?
Interesting question: Of course both companies selling these products would say no. Yet, caffeine is strongly in both. Why include it? All the individual herbs and nutritional components have some studies of cognitive effect, but none is curative of any condition. There are also no studies of the whole products as sold. So for me, advertising themselves as suitable substitutes for stimulants is fishy. For you? ...Read more
Yes hi any presption to my medication for migraine I use fioricet (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine) can you helpme?
Migraine - Depends: This depends. How often do you have your migraine? How well does your medicine work? Some people use preventers when they have migraines more than twice per week. Other people find fioricet, (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine) sumatriptan, excedrin, or midrin help when their migraines arrive. ...Read more
What over-the-counter medication besides Midol, and Pamprin contain acetaminophen, and caffeine to help with the symptoms of periods?
Options: NSAID’s, SSRI’s, hormone meds, OTC meds containing diuretics, warm bath, heating pad, exercise & acupuncture are excellent for PMS / period. Avoid caffeine, chocolate, alcohol & salt. Get GYN eval to R/O underlying pathology. Consider omega- 3 fatty acids, magnesium (supplementation or through diet) or Black Cohosh with dr ok. Sipping Chamomile can dissipate pain. Ginger helps w nausea. ...Read more
I take 150 mg. Amitriptyline at night for anxiety and depression. Does drinking caffeine takes away the benefits of the medication?
Can add to anxiety: Caffeine doesn't alter the antidepressant effect of Elavil (amitriptyline), but it can cause or worsen anxiety. So in that sense it could counteract the effect of the medication. Low to moderate amounts of caffeine shouldn't be a problem unless you're fairly sensitive to it, but on general principles I advise anxious patients to minimize caffeine. ...Read more
I hear there is a new medication called fioricet (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine) which has codeine, can you tell me more about it?
An addicting med.: An addicting pain medicine for headaches. I would recommend you don't use it. I would do my best to understand the cause of your headaches. May just need new glasses, control your blood pressure, address the stress of life/job/responsibilities rather than complicate with an addicting medication. It would be my last resort, if ever at all. Go to a headache specialist, or interventional pain doc. ...Read more
When taking ibuprofen with caffeine (coffee, tea, cola), should it be with the medication or should caffeine consumption be before/after taking the med?
Doesn't matter: It doesn't matter as far as order, but I would definitely recommend taking it with food. Hope this helps. ...Read more
Docs, could a multivitamin/can of diet caffeine-free sprite/blood pressure medication affect a blood glucose test?
Shouldn't: I would think that would be okay although, to be really safe, it's usually recommended that you fast beforehand. ...Read more
Can drinking caffeine reduce the effectiveness of antipsychotic medications and depression medications? Can it make your psychosis worse?
Yes it can:
Yes it can reduce the effectiveness of some antipsychotic meds and antidepressant. Like it may increase the excretion of mood stabiliser lithium and blood level may fall.
Some patients like to drink coffe to counteract the sedating effect of these meds, you have to discuss with your psychiatrist as to what effect it will have on the meds prescribed. ...Read more
For the past 3 months I've had a metallic/bitter taste in my mouth, along with dry mouth and sores on the roof of my mouth and uvula. I don't take any medications, don't drink alcohol or caffeine, don't smoke anything, and am not overweight.
Need to be seen: We can list a hundred possibilities which won't really help you. You need to start be seeing your own dentist in person for a complete and thorough medical and dental history, as well as a clinical examination. That's the way to find out for sure what the problem (s) are and how best to quickly feel better. ...Read more
Some headache medicine includes caffeine to help the pain and effect of the other drugs. How does that work?
Caffeine enhances: Many pain relievers making them 40% more effective in treating headaches. Caffeine helps the body absorb headache drugs more quickly, bringing faster relief, thus requiring lower pain med doses and reducing risk for potential side effects. Caffeine produces alertness when other meds may cause sleepiness. However withdrawal from high doses of caffeine can cause withdrawal headaches. ...Read more
Do people habituate to the effects of caffeine? If not, why do we seem to to other drugs, whereas coffee always seems to give people a boost.
They are not: On panels screening for common drugs of abuse. ...Read more
No: This isn't tested for in a drug abuse urinalysis panel. ...Read more
What are some good alternatives to caffeine that will increase focus without the gittery side affects. Do you recommend any "smart drugs"?
Try tea Or cocoa: Theobromine, caffeine and theophylline are the main stimulants in tea. It has a similar affect as caffeine but usually you don't get the jitters. Theobromine is the most prevalent stimulant in cocoa. It doesn't give you the same jittery feeling as caffeine but still will keep you up. Try a hot cup of cocoa. Try not to make it with a lot of sugar to avoid the sugar rush and crash. Good luck! ...Read more
Why are drugs like cocaine illegal? If caffeine and alcohol are used for there psychoactive effects. Why isn't cocaine in moderation legal too?
Read your history: Since the beginning of civilization, every human society has had its own particular customs, traditions & laws re what's "licit" & what's ILlicit. Not just psychoactive chemicals, but everything, e.g. marriage. The roots of what substances are legal & which aren't are not rational: they're social, cultural & historical. There are many books about this fascinating subject for the general reader. ...Read more
Can caffeine bring back gastritis 1 month after treatment? (wasn't caused by h.Pylori, nor drugs)
Caffeine and gastrit: Most likely - go back on the medications you were prescribed because one month is too short of a period for healing to be complete! ...Read more