In today’s busy world, it’s easy to become run-down and exhausted. If you’re like many of us, you might need a pick-me-up to keep you going throughout the day. Some people find that extra bit of energy they need in caffeine, while others find it in amphetamines and other types of stimulants. There are others yet who mix caffeine and amphetamines, but there are many reasons why that may not be the best thing to do.
What is Caffeine?
Caffeine is a stimulant that is found naturally in the environment. For instance, caffeine is found in coffee beans, some tea leaves, and even kola nuts. Many people have a cup of coffee or hot tea first in the morning, because the caffeine typically helps them feel more alert and less sleepy as they start their day. Caffeine stimulates the central nervous system, and it stays in your system for up to six hours.
However, there are also some negative side effects of caffeine. Some caffeine drinkers may get the “shakes” or jittery feelings while others develop anxiety and have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. The more caffeine you consume, the more tolerant you become of it and the worse the side effects can get. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration classifies caffeine as both a food additive as well as a drug.
What are Amphetamines?
Amphetamines are also a stimulant, like caffeine. However, unlike caffeine, they are not naturally occurring substances found in the environment. Rather, they are man-made by pharmaceutical companies or other sources, and work to stimulate the central nervous system.
Many doctors prescribe certain amphetamines like Adderall to treat conditions such as ADHD. While amphetamines can stimulate brain activity, they also increase physiological activity, which can lead to constricted blood vessels, elevated heart rate, jittery feelings, mood swings, changes in body temperature, and other side effects similar to those in caffeine. Mixing medications only increases these effects.
Taken in high enough doses, amphetamines can produce a high feeling or a sense of euphoria. Cocaine, for instance, is an amphetamine.
Effects of Mixing Caffeine and Stimulants
Mixing caffeine and amphetamines can be dangerous simply because many people aren’t aware of how many stimulants they’re ingesting on a daily basis. Caffeine is in many of our drinks, such as sodas, and according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, at least 54 percent of all adults drink coffee in the morning.
If those same adults who start the day with a cup of coffee later take a medicine like Adderall for ADHD and wash down a bar of chocolate with a caffeinated soda, they drastically increase their chances of overdosing on stimulants. If you add in drugs like cocaine, you’re looking at someone who could very easily overdose on stimulants.
In high enough doses, stimulants can lead to seizures and heart failure. Moreover, mixing medications, especially when they are both amphetamines, greatly increases your risk of overdose.
While having a cup of coffee in the morning and then taking a prescription amphetamine to treat a medical condition likely won’t cause you to overdose, it is important to be truthful with your doctor about how much caffeine you ingest daily, especially when considering new prescriptions.
It’s also important to try to monitor your intake of caffeine throughout the day when you’re on a amphetamine medication. Mixing too much can lead to many negative side effects like:
- Elevated heart rate
- Anxiety and more
Limiting mixing caffeine and stimulants as much as possible, and being mindful about mixing any medication, is the best option for anyone for optimal health.
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