1.Use caffeine pills sparingly.
2.Drink eight glasses of water a day. Caffeine has a diuretic effect.
3.Take caffeine pills early in the day. Using them after 4 p.m. will make it hard for you to sleep.
4.Take extra calcium if you use caffeine pills more than once a week. Caffeine causes the body to underutilize available calcium.
5.Check your pulse while on caffeine pills. It should be less than 86 beats per minute. If your pulse is 90 or greater, don't use them again.
6.Taper caffeine pills slowly to avoid withdrawal effects, such as headaches and irritability.
7.Know that substituting caffeine pills for a good night's rest is a bad idea. There is no substitute for a good night's sleep. You may have a false sense of wakefulness, only to find yourself asleep at the wheel moments later.
Caffeine is a major ingredient in many over-the-counter analgesics containing aspirin and phenacetin. If you're sensitive to caffeine or are trying to quit taking it, read the labels of your analgesics.
One of the larger caffeine pill manufacturers is the pharmaceutical company SmithKline Beechum. If you have more questions about caffeine pills, call the company on a weekday at (800) 245-1040.
Avoid using caffeine pills if you are pregnant or suspect you might be. Caffeine increases the risk of a miscarriage.
If you are taking anti-coagulants or MAO inhibitors, check with your doctor before taking caffeine pills. Don't take them if you're under 18, if you have any history of seizures (even those caused by fever when you were a child), or if you have blood pressure or heart problems.
If you have any questions or concerns, contact a physician or other health care professional before engaging in any activity related to health and diet. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment. Steps:
1.Take the diet pill whole, with a full glass of water. Never crush the pill and dissolve it in a beverage.
2.Drink eight glasses of water a day. Diet pills often have a diuretic effect - in other words, they cause you to urinate more frequently, which can lead to dehydration.
3.Take only the recommended dose. Taking more will not help you lose more weight. It will increase your risk of side effects.
4.Check your pulse while on diet pills. It should be less than 86 beats a minute. If your pulse is 90 or higher, stop taking them.
5.Follow the diet plan enclosed in the box of diet pills. You will not lose weight if you don't reduce calories.
6.Stop taking the diet pills after three months. Some studies have found that the common diet drug phenylpropanolamine is safe to use for up to 16 weeks. Other studies have shown that it can cause health problems in under a month.
Your local pharmacist can help you determine whether diet pills are safe for you to use.
Be careful about "natural" ingredients; just because something is derived from a natural source doesn't mean it's safe. Ma huang is a botanical source of ephedrine, which is a stimulant, and guar gum. Both are being studied for potential side effects.
Avoid diet drugs of all types if you have high blood pressure, thyroid or prostate problems, a mental illness, or an irregular heart rate. Don't take them if you have had strokes or seizures. They shouldn't be taken with cold medicines, especially those containing decongestants. Don't take them if you are pregnant or nursing.
Avoid taking diet drugs if you are allergic to sulfites or tartrazine.
Avoid caffeine pills if you are pregnant, or suspect you might be. Caffeine increases the risk of a miscarriage.
Check with your doctor before taking diet pills if you are under 18 or over 60.