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NoDoz

NoDoz Ingredients: Caffeine Tablets
Representative Names: Caffedrine, Enerjets, NoDoz, Vivarin

What are NoDoz or caplets ?

NoDoz acts as a central nervous system (CNS) or brain stimulant, increasing alertness in people who are tired or sleepy. NoDoz occurs naturally in tea, coffee, cocoa, and chocolate, and is added to many soft drinks. Generic forms of NoDoz are available, and can be obtained without a prescription.

What should my health care professional know before I take NoDoz ?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
- anxiety
- diabetes
- heart disease or irregular heartbeat
- high blood pressure
- kidney disease
- liver disease
- panic attacks
- peptic ulcer disease or colitis
- seizure disorder
- thyroid disease
- trouble sleeping
- an unusual or allergic reaction to NoDoz, aminophylline. theophylline, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
- pregnant or trying to get pregnant
- breast-feeding

How should I take NoDoz ?

Take NoDoz 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 NoDoz, 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 NoDoz 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 NoDoz ?

- cimetidine
- ciprofloxacin
- clarithromycin
- clozapine
- ephedra, Ma huang
- erythromycin
- female hormones, like estrogen or birth control pills
- fluvoxamine
- grapefruit juice
- guarana
- ketoconazole
- lithium
- medicines called MAO inhibitors-phenelzine, tranylcypromine, isocarboxazid, selegiline
- medicines for colds and breathing difficulties
- medicines for sleep
- medicines for weight loss
- phenobarbital
- phenytoin
- rifampin
- stimulants like amphetamine, dextroamphetamine, methylphenidate
- tacrine
- terbinafine
- theophylline

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 NoDoz 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 NoDoz ?

Side effects that you should report to your prescriber or health care professional as soon as possible:
- anxiety or panic reactions
- confusion
- dizziness, redness, or fainting spells
- fast or irregular breathing or heartbeat (palpitations)
- muscle twitching
- nausea and vomiting
- seizures (convulsions)
- trembling

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your prescriber or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
- diarrhea
- frequent passing of urine
- headache
- nervousness, restlessness
- stomach upset
Reduce your intake of NoDoz 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 NoDoz ?

NoDoz is not intended for long-term use. Do not use NoDoz 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 NoDoz. 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 NoDoz close to bedtime. It may prevent you from sleeping.

If you have been a regular NoDoz user you can get withdrawal symptoms if you stop taking NoDoz. 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 NoDoz as a part of a medical treatment, avoid food and drinks that contain additional NoDoz, like coffee, tea, colas and chocolate.

Do not take NoDoz with other non-prescription medicines, especially cold and allergy medicines, without asking your prescriber or health care professional for advice.

Do not take NoDoz with grapefruit juice, this can increase the effects of NoDoz.

Where can I keep NoDoz ?

Keep out of the reach of children in a container that small children cannot open.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
 


 


 
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