questionscaffeine pills: yea or nay?

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they make me jittery, like shaky and funny feeling. i've taken them but don't prefer them. energy drinks for me now, out of convenience over coffee

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be careful.
they can make you very jittery. also if you are on any medicine (otc or script) they can cause interactions.
if you don't like the taste of coffee (i can't even stand it's smell) have you tried other drinks? tea (not herb tea) has caffiene as does chocolate. avoid the energy drinks (mostly sugar and caffiene).
you are probably better off to try vitamin b12 suppliments for energy level (or maybe a healthy diet and lifestyle?--nah, just had to put that in there)

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try soda. I live on diet coke. If I skip them for a few days, I notice I have a lot less energy.

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Don't take a pure caffeine pill. You need something with a blend to make you feel optimal. Almost any kind of weight loss pill can do the trick. Right now I'm taking Hydroxycut Hardcore and have plenty of energy all day. Right now a 30 stay supply is about $25 on Amazon. I don't even take half the recommended dose. That way it's possibly not that bad for my body and I don't really get any side effects except insomnia. Hence, the reason I'm still awake at 1:40 AM.

Another option is Monster Java energy drinks. They are delicious.

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Just get "addicted to Redbull" like Ashton's ex.

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Don't do it. Period.
Try soda pop, energy drinks, or anything else. Getting a pick me up from a pop is one thing, but popping pills just seems like it could lead to problems.

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I don't think you'd get addicted, but as with everything else that we eat'n'drink don't overdo it and your heart should be fine, but i ain't a doctor, so no personal advice here :)

@kamikazeken: from a taste point of view everybody's got their favorite drink/food, but from health perspective diet coke is one of the worst you could choose

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Kind of a sloth question. Too lazy to brew coffee? Drink instant. I haven't paid for instant coffee in years. TastersChoice/Nescafe always has coupons & samplers of their 7-8pk individual servings. Then every time I use a coupon to get some, my grocery store gives me a coupon for another box or two. There's also an Italian instant espresso that's drinkable, it's in my kitchen, I can't see it from here nor remember the name.
Tea? Yerba Mate? Betel? Coca leaf quid? Calamus? Nicotine(gum/patches)? Man has been using stimulants since the dawn of time.
People have been living on no-doze since they came out. No more nor less dangerous than coffee.
That said, from a pharmacological angle, caffeine is a crap stimulant. Lots of peripheral side effects(shakes, increased BP/heart-rate). Low alpha-adrenergic receptor activity, high beta activity.
Your shrink is familiar with more useful ones, but their price/availability has been fluctuating as most is diverted to the military these days.

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Thinkgeek.com sells hot chocolate w/ caffeine. That could be a nice alternative in the winter, at any rate.

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My college roommate lived on caffeine pills during finals. She was still able to go to sleep, but "ran" in her sleep all night. It always reminded me of my collie chasing rabbits in his sleep.

Of course, when she got to her exams she was exhausted because her sleep wasn't productive. Be careful!

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you should get one of those keurig single cup brewers

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"I can’t eat. I can’t sleep. But I’ve got the cleanest house on the street. Ahh Meth. Ooo Meth."

It's time to take a nap when you've run out of floor-space for all of your projects.

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Detox off caffeine... you'll feel better, not be dependent on it, and you'll probably sleep better.

Then, when you really do need a boost (because it's the 9th day in a row of work and the kids kept you up all night), a cup of coffee will be like rocket fuel.

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@dcpotts:
My "oooh Meth" post was in no way meant to advocate the illegal use of stimulants. The Jesse Spano "incident" reminded me of that commercial. I vaguely put them in the same rough time-frame in my head.

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We've all sure put a lot of time&energy giving rec's to a person too lazy to make coffee....

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I say yes, but watch the milligrams. Start with a 50mg tablet, which is about a half cup of coffee. As others have mentioned, straight caffeine with no buffer will likely cause some jitters and subsequent crash.

Otherwise, since you won't brew coffee, what about green tea? Great source of caffeine, with the added benefit of antioxidants! You can also get green tea in capsule form, which retains the caffeine and antioxidant content.

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Just get some caffeine anhydrous. Way cheaper and you can mix it into your favorite drink, as long as it is sweet. Caffeine powder is very bitter, so make sure you use it sparingly and with something that'll mask the taste a bit.

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@dcpotts: Hey, I resent that! I'm lazy AND cheap.

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Here's a fun site that has reviews/information on caffeine-laden drinks and foods. You can even see what quantity of your favorite caffeinated beverage will kill you! 32.99 cans of Spike Shooter will do me in.

http://www.energyfiend.com/

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It's not a healthy thing to do, but if you're guna buy caffeine pills you might as well just buy pure caffeine and save a ton of money.

http://www.aonevitamins.com/caffeine.htm

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@portezbie:
Sorry, I fully support the combination :)
I like to think that I represent both to the fullest.

cold brew coffee concentrate is easy to prepare ahead of time, lasts in the fridge for quite a while, and has less of the bitterness of other means of brewing coffee, and is easier on the gut. The commercial cold brew "brewers" are a bit pricey, I just use a 1gal jug, and a funnel with filter paper.

OTOH, the starbucks singles have a known quantity of caffeine in them, so they can be administered scientifically. Unfortunately they're reminiscent of Starbucks over-roasted coffee blech. 8 packs of nescafe singles - 88cents. Also the coffee of choice in a huge chunk of the world.

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@panthiest: I use these guys for most of my bulk powder needs. (although I've never bought their caffeine). You can usually get the batch Cert of Analysis on their products.
http://purebulk.com/caffeine-powder-synthetic-c-470

If anyone's thinking of playing with powdered caffeine (or anything), get a scale. Some of the little cheap plastic double beam type scales are (or were, years ago) actually pretty accurate, we calibrated a few against our lab balances back at the University. They were much better than their cheap digital counterparts.

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I can't do the energy drinks like Monster (I love the way they taste, unfortunately there's something in them that really upsets my tummy), but we found an energy powder at Costco, ZipFizz.

http://zipfizz.com/

It's about a buck a tube. It does have some caffeine in it, but I think what boosts our energy levels is the massive amount of vitamin B-12.

I've never gotten the jitters from it, never gotten nervous, I just get busy.