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Are there any over-the-counter energy pills?

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American Pharmacists Association
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There are caffeine pills that you can find over-the-counter to aid with energy. Products such as NoDoz, Alert, Vivarin, and Stay Awake contain 200 milligrams of caffeine and are used for energy and treatment of some migraines and headaches.

Common side effects include nausea, stomach upset, insomnia, restlessness, nervousness, tremor, headache, and lightheadedness. Large amounts of caffeine may cause frequent urination, flushing, muscle twitch, or irritability. Use with caution!

Too much caffeine is not healthy and can become addictive. Withdrawal can make it difficult to back off, so tapering down the dose may be necessary. Prior to use, you should discuss the risks and benefits of using caffeine supplements with your pharmacist or health-care professional.

Other products consist of herbal remedies. Use caution since there isn’t a standard or enough research behind these products to promote their use (NOT FDA approved).

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