I used to be a massive fan of caffeine tablets. The particular product I used was the Prolab brand, which I got free at a supplements expo (very nice too).
At one time last semester when I was doing some freelance work and working on four essays I would take up to seven a
day. Two in the morning to wake me up, three for a date to make sure I was witty and on the ball, another one for a quick boost at the gym, then three more that night
to keep me working into the early hours. It was bad, and the more I took the more I needed as my bodyclock became more and more of a mess. Some students take MDMA... I instead got hooked on caffeine tablets and GABA. Here's the story of how I fell off the rails...
There's no doubting that
they work though; although they apparently constitute one cup of strong coffee (200mg of caffeine) they seem to have double the impact when you first start taking
them and they send you hyper and rushing around the place. You should see Nathan on them, it's frankly terrifying.
Anyway, last semester I was working and partying and burning the candle at both ends and I was approaching burnout. For effectiveness there was no faulting the
caffeine tablets, but at the same time I was starting to get headaches and having trouble sleeping. I felt like I wasn't at my best unless I'd had at least one
and on occasions my heart was pounding in my chest so hard I thought it was going to break through my rib cage. That's when I realised I had to kick the habbit. Apart
from anything else it was ruining my enjoyment of hot beverages and allegedly increasing my risk of alzheimers. So I gave up and I've been clean for months now.
For the same reasons I suggest you never start - have a capuccino and a banana instead. Bananas are goooooood.