- Analgesia adjunct - Caffeine
- Respiratory stimulant
adjunct - Caffeine; Caffeine, Citrated
- Stimulant, central nervous
system - Caffeine; Caffeine and Sodium Benzoate; Caffeine,
belongs to the group of medicines called central nervous system (CNS) stimulants.
It is used to help restore mental alertness when unusual tiredness or weakness
or drowsiness occurs. Caffeine's use as an alertness aid should be only occasional.
It is not intended to replace sleep and should not be used regularly for this
Caffeine is also used in combination with ergotamine (for treatment of
migraine and cluster headaches) or with certain pain relievers, such as aspirin
or aspirin and acetaminophen. When used in this way, caffeine may increase
the effectiveness of the other medicines. Caffeine is sometimes used in combination
with an antihistamine to overcome the drowsiness caused by the antihistamine.
Citrated caffeine is used to treat breathing problems in premature babies.
Caffeine may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Caffeine is present in coffee, tea, soft drinks, cocoa, chocolate, and
Caffeine powder and tablets are available without a prescription; however,
your health care professional may have special instructions on its proper
use. Citrated caffeine and caffeine and sodium benzoate are to be administered
only by or under the supervision of your doctor. Caffeine is available in
the following dosage forms:
Tablets (U.S. and Canada)
Caffeine and sodium benzoate
Some commonly used brand names are:
In the U.S. -
- Caffedrine Caplets 1
- Cafcit 2
- Dexitac Stay Alert Stimulant 1
- Enerjets 1
- Keep Alert 1
- Maximum Strength SnapBack Stimulant Powders 1
- NoDoz Maximum Strength Caplets 1
- Pep-Back 1
- Quick Pep 1
- Ultra Pep-Back 1
- Vivarin 1
In Canada -
For quick reference, the following caffeine products are numbered
to match the corresponding brand names.
|This information applies to the following medicines:|
||Citrated Caffeine (SIH-tray-ted KAF-feen)†|
||Caffeine and Sodium Benzoate (KAF-feen and SOE-dee-um BEN-zo-ate)†‡|
|† Not commercially available in Canada|
|‡ Generic name product may be available in the U.S.|