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Doctor insights on: What Happens When Caffeine Is Used In Combination With Other Medicine

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What happens when caffeine is mixed with other medicines?

What happens when caffeine is mixed with other medicines?

This is vague: Some people drink coffee after psychiatric meds to help cope with the sleepiness or dry mouth. If you are asking about something else, please ask or some of the general practioner MD's. ...Read more

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Indication of caffeine content used in various drugs?

Indication of caffeine content used in various drugs?

Too Broad: There is no meat to this question. What specific drugs are you talking about? Over the counter medications? Supplements? Prescription medications? ...Read more

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Some headache medicine includes caffeine to help the pain and effect of the other drugs. How does that work?

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

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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.

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.

Yes: Over time and chronic use, you will have tolerance to caffeine. You will need to have more quantity of the same drink or more frequently or more caffeinated drink. ...Read more

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Why are drugs like cocaine illegal? If caffeine and alcohol are used for there psychoactive effects. Why isn't cocaine in moderation legal too?

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

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Could caffeine react with homeopathic medicines?

Could caffeine react with homeopathic medicines?

No: Coffee -- not caffeine -- can sometimes affect people's reactions to homeopathic medicines. Responding to homeopathic medicines depends on the person's innate restorative mechanisms. Some people's systems are very sensitive to coffee, which can disrupt their natural responses to correctly prescribed homeopathic remedies. It's the coffee bean -- not the caffeine -- causing the challenge here. ...Read more

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What are some good alternatives to caffeine that will increase focus without the gittery side affects. Do you recommend any "smart drugs"?

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

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What will happen if you mix caffeine medicine (vivarin) with sleep medicine (unisoms)?

What will happen if you mix caffeine medicine (vivarin) with sleep medicine (unisoms)?

Best not.: Since it is possible to overdose on caffeine and diphenhydramine I would not mix the two. Sleeplessness, restlessness, possible tachycardia, confusion, increase in blood pressure are all possible. If you need stimulants to work, and sleep meds to counteract their effects, you have a problem best talked about with your provider, who can help you with lifestyle change and your chemistry experiment ...Read more

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Is it best to stay away from headache medicine containing caffeine if I am sensitive to caffeine due to my anxiety disorder?

Is it best to stay away from headache medicine containing caffeine if I am sensitive to caffeine due to my anxiety disorder?

Absolutely: If you are aware that caffeine worsens your anxiety, them you should avoid it. Caffeine used frequently can be a cause of caffeine-withdrawal headaches as well. Talk to your doctor about treatment options ...Read more

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Can caffeine bring back gastritis 1 month after treatment? (wasn't caused by h.Pylori, nor drugs)

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

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What's the best way to treat insomnia when nothing else seems to work? I've tried cutting out caffeine, meditation, melatonin, prescription drugs…

What's the best way to treat insomnia when nothing else seems to work? I've tried cutting out caffeine, meditation, melatonin, prescription drugs…

A patchwork quilt: Approach is best. Try improving sleep hygiene across the board. Sleep Hygiene is Key.
Retire & rise same time each day. Keep bedroom dark & cool & use only for sex & sleep. Turn off tv. No naps. Exercise regularly but not in late evening. No caffeine for 6 hrs & no alcohol or tobacco w/i 2 hrs of sleep. Keep dinner moderate sized & finish at least 2 to 3 hrs before sleep. Can try warm milk, > ...Read more

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I want to stop taking MPH drugs for my ADD because of side effects. Ideas how to deal with extreme drowsiness? Caffeine doesn't have any effect on me.

ADD: See your doctor for other medication choices for your ADD. You should never stop medications abruptly without seeing your doctor first. ...Read more

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Can the headache medicine fioricet (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine) be addictive?

Can the headache medicine fioricet (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine) be addictive?

Fioricet (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine): Yes, yes it can be very addictive it has butalbitol in it. ...Read more