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How to use Caffeine Tablets
Brand Name(s): Caffedrine, Enerjets, NoDoz, Vivarin
Generic Name Caffeine Tablets
What are caffeine tablets or caplets?
CAFFEINE (Enerjets®, NoDoz®, Snap-Back®, Stay-Alert®, Vivarin®) acts as a central nervous system (CNS) or brain stimulant, increasing alertness in people who are tired or sleepy. Caffeine occurs naturally in tea, coffee, cocoa, and chocolate, and is added to many soft drinks. Generic forms of caffeine are available, and can be obtained without a prescription.
What should my health care professional know before I take caffeine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
How should I take this medicine?
Take caffeine tablets or caplets by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Swallow with a drink of water; do not take with grapefruit juice. If you are taking an extended-release form of caffeine, swallow whole, do not crush or chew. If you are taking chewable tablets, chew well and swallow. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on your prescriber's advice.
Contact your pediatrician or health care professional regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
What drug(s) may interact with caffeine?
Tell your prescriber or health care professional about all other medicines you are taking, including non-prescription medicines, nutritional supplements, or herbal products. Also tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are a frequent user of drinks with caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke, or if you use illegal drugs. These may affect the way your medicine works. Check with your health care professional before stopping or starting any of your medicines.
What side effects may I notice from taking caffeine?
Side effects that you should report to your prescriber or health care professional as soon as possible:
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your prescriber or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
Reduce your intake of caffeine if you get any of these side effects. Let your prescriber or health care professional know about them if they do not go away or if they annoy you.
What should I watch for while taking caffeine?
Caffeine is not intended for long-term use. Do not use caffeine products regularly to make up for lost sleep. Do not increase the dose if tolerance develops; your body will not develop a tolerance to the harmful side effects of caffeine. See your prescriber or health care professional if you continue to experience tiredness or constant sleepiness; this may indicate a problem needing medical attention.
Do not take caffeine close to bedtime. It may prevent you from sleeping.
If you have been a regular caffeine user you can get withdrawal symptoms if you stop taking caffeine. Symptoms include tiredness, dizziness, headache, anxiety, or nervousness. This can be a weekend effect for people who drink a lot of coffee during their working week.
If you are taking caffeine as a part of a medical treatment, avoid food and drinks that contain additional caffeine, like coffee, tea, colas and chocolate.
Do not take caffeine with other non-prescription medicines, especially cold and allergy medicines, without asking your prescriber or health care professional for advice.
Do not take caffeine with grapefruit juice, this can increase the effects of caffeine.
Where can I keep my medicine?
Keep out of the reach of children in a container that small children cannot open.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 °C (59 and 86 °F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
(Note: The above information is not intended to replace the advice of your physician, pharmacist, or other healthcare professional. It is not meant to indicate that the use of the product is safe, appropriate, or effective for you.)