* Prices may differ from that shown
I have bought both the 48 and 24 packs of Pro Plus before. You can pick up packs of these little tablets from retailers such as Boots, Superdrug and even Poundland. The tablets come presented in a small cardboard box and the little tablets are blister packed. The 48 tablet box usually retails at around £3, depending on where you purchase it from. Each tablet contains 50mg of caffeine so be wary if you suffer from caffeine sensitivity as these have quite a high content. However a can of Red Bull has a higher content so choose these if you can't decide on the two. After all, caffeine is bad for you in large doses!
How to take the tablets and are they effective?
The tablets are easily swallowed with liquid. I usually take them with a glass of water, or a bottle if I am out of the house. The tablets are on the small and thin side so they go down easily. They can leave a slight aftertaste which is a little bitter but this soon disappears. The tablets can take anything between ten minutes to half an hour to "kick in", with me it's usually around the fifteen minute mark but everyone is different!
The tablets definitely give me a boost of energy and I can really feel them working. I feel more awake and I can concentrate better after taking these so they are great for tasks and for driving. They're just ideal for those moments when you're flagging, those "matchsticks in the eyes" moments, think Mr Bean!
Please follow the instructions on the packet. I don't have a pack to hand at the moment but you aren't supposed to exceed a certain amount of tablets in a 24 hour period, due to the high caffeine content. If you want palpitations, the shakes and dizzy spells then go ahead! Only kidding, caffeine CAN be fatal so please take notice of the pack. I care about my fellow dooyooers!
A great boost of energy if taken correctly. They DO work and they're cheap to buy. They're a good alternative to a can of Red Bull or a cup of coffee. They're readily available to buy too. However don't take them in the evening, unless you work night shifts as they take a while to wear off and you probably won't be able to get to sleep.
I have made this mistake before but luckily a listen of Ed Sheeran's album helped me to nod off...sorry Ed!
Pro Plus, a useful (well, a "faked") way to achieve some energy!
When I initially found out about pro plus, I was very wary of the possible downsides to taking them. These included irritability, polyuria and delayed drowsiness due to withdrawal. However the timely use of these before examinations has seen my alertness and performance improve in a needy time. As well as to increase alertness for things such as examinations, I also use pro plus as a last resort when feeling excessively drowsy without any energy drinks at bay. The reason that pro plus tablets are worthwhile compared to energy drinks is that they are more portable - fitting in pockets, which can be quite discrete compared to drinking out a can or bottle. Also, the effects are more rapid, as each tablet contains 50mg caffeine which can immediately be absorbed. This is in comparison to energy drinks, where they are usually drunk more slowly leading to a slower absorption rate.
Pro plus tablets are easy to spot on a shelf. They come in a small white box with a large bold PRO PLUS logo on the front in red, and the word 'caffeine' across the front in blue. Their message is immediately obvious - to provide a boost of energy through the works of caffeine. Each box contains 24 tablets within two tablet trays. You can easily pop them out from behind to release them.
Pro plus tablets are easily swallowed with a drop of water, and they are quite small in size. If anything, they have a slightly sweet taste to them once on the tongue. They are very easy to take and can be done so discretely, which may be seen as an advantage in some situations.
I usually take pro plus tablets around 15-20 minutes before I would like their effects to kick in. It is due to their tablet form that these effects come into play so quickly. They are very effective - you will feel a little boost from one tablet, but an almost certain boost in energy levels and alert from two tablets. As well as providing you with more alertness and energy, they help you to feel less tired and your mood changes too. With two 50mg tablets being the recommended dose (totalling 100mg), this is more than equivalent to a strong cup of coffee, which may contain around 85mg of caffeine. With this in mind, you can imagine that two tablets give you a good boost of energy.
There are downsides with these tablets, like all other sources of caffeine on the market - tea, coffee, pre-workout mixes and other tablets. My main complaint would be the urge to urinate and need to do so more frequently (polyuria). This is certainly not ideal during examinations, as it causes wasted time and disruption to your train of thought. Also, a full bladder has been shown to decrease concentration, which ironically contraindicates the benefits of these tablets. Therefore, they may be more appropriate in some situations than others where a toilet is at hand!
Other drawbacks include the inclination to continuously take the tablets. They do provide you with a good boost of 'artificial' energy. If I take them for too long in a row, my body tends to struggle as I am 'artificially' keeping my energy levels up - whereas what I actually need is more sleep. This is why they should not be taken all the time, as you may start to rely on them and substitute sleep for their effects. After once taking them too close to bed time in order to complete an assignment, I have learnt never to do so again! The half-life of caffeine is around 5 hours, meaning in 5 hours half of the dose in your blood stream will lose it's effect. Baring this in mind, I tend to not take them beyond around 6-7pm depending on when I will sleep.
*Price & Availability*
Pro plus can be bought in boxes of 24 or 48 tablets, costing around £2 and £3.80 each respectively. This isn't a bad price when you consider the caffeine content compared to the price of coffee or energy drinks. Obviously there are no other factors involved such as taste as they are swallowed quickly - so you may prefer an energy boost in the form of something tastier! Pro plus is widely available in major supermarkets and pharmacies, making it easy to get your hands on some.
These tablets are ideal for a rapid boost of energy. They can be taken rapidly and discretely. Their effects are good, increasing your energy and alertness whilst reducing tiredness and the signs it brings. However, it is important to be wary of the drawbacks - increased urination, slight addictiveness and insomnia if taken too late.
I first bought this product when I took a Bakery course two years ago. I had to be at college for 7am which meant a 5am start and after a few weeks it really took its toll on my body. One of my friends was taking these and recommended them, but he said he took two every morning because they didn't work on just one tablet. He knew they were bad for his body but it was all he could do to get there on time. I invested in some and started taking them from the moment I bought them. I took one every morning before college and they didn't work at all.
Two years ago you could get these tablets from Poundland, obviously for a £1.00, but now I see them in shops like Wilkinson for nearly £5.00. I personally don't think they're worth it and I would not recommend them unless they've been changed the past two years. I stopped taking these tablets after around three to four weeks because they made no difference what so ever.
The tablets themselves have no taste and the texture is that of paracetamol. they're extremely easy to swallow and sometimes you won't even need water because they're so small. Well they were when I bought them. The tablets were small white and round and only about two millimeters thick. Again, this makes them easy to swallow.
I expected these tablets to wake me up and give me the boost that they promised but for me they literally did nothing. I was happy I had only wasted about £2.00 because I bought two boxes. I don't expect tablets to work right away you have to continuously take them and with these tablets you can see it's extremely bad for your body.
Amongst all these downfalls they're meant to be packed with caffeine which makes you go to the toilet more for both occasions. This is something you really don't have time for when your at work. Standing in the bakery for four hours straight in the oven room you really don't have time to go to the toilet. A morning coffee does more than what these tablets do.
I bought a pack of 24 tablets, or rather eventually two packs of them. I think it tells you to take one every four hours, which I think is ridiculous especially the fact that they don't work. Also, the price these tablets are now you'd be spending a fortune on something that doesn't work.
Again I highly do NOT recommend these tablets.
Pro Plus are tablet form stimulant designed to make you feel more awake and mentally alert. The main ingredient is caffeine, a stimulant we all know is found in tea, coffee and energy drinks such as monster and red bull. You can get 24 tablets for around £2 on many online stores.
*The Tablets and Use*
In all honesty there isn't much caffeine in each Pro Plus tablet. Around 50mg, which in comparison to many other caffeine/stimulant tablets on the market, which also tend to be cheaper, is not a huge amount. There are pros and cons of the lesser strength, for instance they are strong enough for me. I've used Pro Plus tablets on numerous occasions when deadlines are due or revision periods. I have to take a couple at a time every 5 hours or so to keep me going. In all fairness they do keep me awake. However I've never been a big tea, coffee or energy drink consumer. By all accounts if you are a large drink of any of these then the 50mg in each tablets makes barely any difference to you, your body is used to the effects of caffeine.
As mentioned above if not used to the caffeine these tablets are surprisingly awakening, I'm not sure if I'd describe the feeling as mentally alert or just very awake. I find it hard to concentrate, sometimes to the level that I feel I may be better off feeling tired. Unless your intention is to stay up all night instead of daytime use I wouldn't consume any tablets after around 3pm, this gives the caffeine time to work and pass through your system before its time to sleep.
I've used them once or twice before football matches when I've felt sluggish and I've ended up running around like a headless chicken. I had to take some more at half time which kept me going until about an hour after the match where I then had the worst crash I've experienced. The combination of exercise sapping energy and effects rubbing off meant I felt awful. Therefore I advise not to use with exercise, even though it is a recommended use for the Pro Plus tablets.
The worst thing about the use of Pro Plus tablets is the horrendous come down after. If you take the Pro Plus often enough and feel the benefit when you stop taking them and the effects wear off you feel truly dreadful. A proper crashing sensation, for instance I've used Pro Plus to meet a deadline, and then slept for the whole of the next day as I feel dreadful if I'm awake. This is however a normal side effect of caffeine stimulant. Side effects of caffeine overdoses (which is what these tablets provide you with) are:
diuresis (increased urinary output)
talking or thinking in a rambling manner
tachycardia (speeded-up heartbeat) or disturbances of heart rhythm
periods of inexhaustibility
As serious as some of these sounds none of these are dramatic or long lasting. I have experienced most of these side effects on numerous occasions. Using Pro Plus isn't really a pleasant experience, I really only use them when I feel it is essential, which isn't often at all. Never become reliant on such an item as it will ruin all sleeping patterns!
Tricky one, I would recommend them if they are an absolute must, for a desperate occasion or similar, as they do tend to work for most people. But I wouldn't recommend them for regular functioning or if you are simply using them to "get through the day" as the high and lows are too contrasting to make it worthwhile. This goes for most stimulants that aside from drinks not just Pro Plus. I also wouldn't recommend them with exercise, use a sugar based stimulant such as dextrose to provide energy. Pro Plus gets a 3 star rating, effective but too many cautions to give any higher.
WHAT ARE THEY?
Tablets that you take when you are feeling tired but cannot have a sleep. They contain caffeine but work faster than having a cup of coffee.
HOW DO YOU TAKE THEM?
You take 1 or 2 tablets with a big glass of water. You can take 2 tablets every 3 hours but you cannot take more than 8 in a day.
DO THEY WORK?
Pro Plus tablets do not always work but they sometimes do so I always take some and try if I am tired. I usually sleep soundly but sometimes I am disturbed by my baby daughter and then my sleep is disrupted and because I am very busy most days with work I feel very tired before even I have had my lunch. It is minor tired feelings because I sleep very well for the rest of the time. I can tell if they are going to work quick because they stop me feeling tired very sudden and if I have not had an effect by the time 3/4 of an hour has gone past then I know they are not going to work.
WHAT I THINK
I like that the tablets are small and very thin because they are easy to take and I think I would be able up swallow them even without a drink. They do not taste of anything and do not leave any bad taste on my breath or in my mouth.
When they work they make me feel more awake and I am alert also even if I am feeling very tired. They work for me to stop me from falling to sleep in the day but they do not help me to concentrate if I am feeling fuzzy in my head because of being tired. I have took them before I have gone to bed before and that is not a good thing because they stop me from sleeping by making my brain not switch off.
I do not take them for many days at the time because I do not need to and I do not think it is healthy to take tablets like this for long. I think the longest time that I have taken them for is 3 days but usually I take only a day worth of of tablets and then I do not need them again.
I bought a box of Pro Plus this morning and they cost £2.49 for 24 tablets. I think that is value because even if they only help a little bit for a day when I am tired then they are worth the money.
3 Dooyoo Stars.
I was going through a very sluggish time not so long ago when I seemed to be really tired all of the time and no matter how much sleep I had, I just felt terrible the following morning. It was becoming very difficult for me to concentrate and keep focused at work and I was finding that I was making a lot of silly mistakes. A friend recommended a short boost of Pro Plus, which are basically caffeine tablets. They are available without prescription, and as I was pretty desperate for a 'cure' at the time, I decided to give them a whirl.
I bought these from Asda and I bought the smaller pack of twelve tablets to start with, as I wasn't sure how they were gong to effect me or if they would be any good ata ll. These are also available in a range of other sizes, right up to 48 in a pack. I think I paid just over £1 for my tablets.
The tablets are in a blister pack and they are white in colour and rounded in shape. They are easy to swallow as they are very smooth. I was quite relived about that as I have a bit of a thing about swallowing tablets, especially if they are too large. I took one tablet to start with (though you can take two, if required) and I took them with a small mouthful of water.
I have to say that I noticed no difference whatsoever with the one tablets. I remember sitting on the chair afterwards, holding a cup of tea and waiting for the tiredness to wash over me and then waiting for that alert feeling I'd been anticipating. I didn't feel any different at all. The next time I took some (the following day), I was brave and swallowed two tablets.
This time I dif feel a little bit different, still tired, but slightly more alert and not so sluggish. I think I might have some sort of immunity to caffeine as I can drink very strong coffee without feeling any different at all. The box says that you shouldn't take these tablets too often and you are to have three to four hour gaps between. There are also warnings on the pack about when you shouldn't take them so please be careful before you go out to buy any for yourself.
I haven't bought any more since I got this small box. I have still been tired since, but to be honest I just drink a couple of very strong cups of black coffee, and I really do think this has much the same effect as taking the tablets. I don't really recommend these I'm afraid, and I give them only two stars.
ProPlus are probably the best known caffiene tablets on the market, familiy to students, IT workers and many others who need fast effective fatigue relief.
The tablets come in a cardboard box, small enough to be easily carried. Inside the packet, the tablets themselves are in standard blister packs. The tablets are small, round and white with the words "Pro Plus" impressed into one side.
Each tablet contains 50mg of caffiene. The tablets are specifically not for children, and adults should not take more than two tablets in three hours or eight in twenty-four hours.
There are warnings to avoid taking it if you have high blood-pressure or anxiety. Because it is a high dose of caffiene it can have all the normal effects of caffiene. I've taken these when I've needed a boost due to deadlines or lack of sleep, but I find one in a day is more than sufficent. More can produce the shakes, rather like drinking too much coffee. The pills do not replace a good night's sleep, just stave off tiredness during the day.
The tablets do exactly as they are intended, producing a short term boost to energy and relieving fatigue. However, this boost is short-lived, and wears off after an hour or so. I find I get more of, and a longer-lasting, boost from coffee or cola. However, if there is no time to make one or have a proper snack, and you need to wake up quickly, ProPlus provides an easy alternative.
I have used pro plus quite a few times in order to get a much needed caffeine and energy boost during the times when I work myself too hard. Having quite a few jobs, a full time course and being in a long distance relationship can eventually take its toll on my weekly routine which is often fit to burst. I usually supplement myself with sugary or caffeine fuelled drink or sometimes pro plus to give me a boost.
Pro plus can be bought from most supermarkets and also places like boots/superdrug/wilkinsons. It is readily available and not an over the counter purchase, you simply pick it up off the shelf and off you go (once you've paid of course). It is only suitable for people over the age of 16 and contains the active ingredient caffeine anhydrous. I have only ever bought the pack that comes with 36 tablets, though you can get them in different size. The pills are relatively cheap, they sell them for under £2.50 for 36 tablets and that can last me well over a year because I use them fairly infrequently.
The reason I started using them was because I found energy drinks were giving me more of a sugar buzz than a caffeine buzz which generally you come down from faster. Energy drinks are also high in calories because they tend to be packed with sugar and I thought it wasn't the best thing for me health. I would usually only take 2 tablets at once, as directed. They are small and extremely easy to swallow. They tend to kick in within 15-30 minutes and basically just make you feel more awake than you have been feeling.
There have been situations, e.g festival, where I definitely took too many in a short space of time and this not only gave me a headache but also meant I was totally wired. It is definitely important to follow the directions of the box and use these safely because otherwise you tend to go past feeling energised and begin to feel a buzz which you can't easily alleviate.
I would also suggest not taking them if you plan on sleeping any time soon. I know that sound obvious but say you take them to stay up to write an essay, once you've finished that essay if the buzz hasn't worn of you'll be up all night which can be annoying.
My real issue with them is probably the come down you get after taking them which I find you don't get with energy drinks in the same way. After a few hours of feeling a little bit more energised you tend to crash and suddenly feel really sleepy and drained. I think basically the pill artificially boosts your energy meaning that when it wears off all the extra activity makes you feel even more tired. That is probably not scientifically accurate but that's certainly the way it feels for me when I take them.
In conclusion I have to say that I have actually stopped taking them now. I found the after effects really horrible and tend to feel quite drained the next day if I have used them to give me a brief boost in energy. I would rather use energy drinks and soft drinks, even if they are calorific, because I find they wear off more naturally and you tend to feel no different the next day.
Personally I wouldn't recommend them, though every person will respond to them differently so if you are interested give them a go and see what you think.
**What are pro plus?**
Each tablet of pro plus contains 50 grams of caffeine that is quickly released and gives you a boost when you feel worn out and although they are not a long term solution and you should try and get as much sleep as possible sometimes in life a small boost is all you need to get you through the day.
They claim to make you feel less tired and more alert when taken for a temporary measure and although I do not take them that often I find when we have a long drive to England to visit family they can be great as although I am not driving I need to be alert to keep my children entertained so my husband can concentrate on driving.
**Taking them and Results**
Some warnings on the box
--These caffeine pills are not for people under the age of 16.
--If you already eat or drink other products that contain caffeine, it's probably best you don't take the maximum pills required as you may go over dose and get some serious side effects.
--The pills come in packs of 12, 24 and 48 and can be bought from various shops such as boots, Superdrug, pharmacies, supermarkets etc. However, the price varies.
-- Don't buy the pills if you have high blood pressure, have a history of anxiety, you are sensitive to caffeine, pregnant, breast feeding.
--If you are taking any other medication, it's best you consult a doctor and see if these pills are not going to affect you.
1 or 2 tablets should be taken with water and also it is recommended that you do not take more than 2 tablets in 3 hours and a maximum of 8 in a 24hour period.
The tablets are small but thick and first looking at them I was a little worried as I hate taking tablets but to be honest they went down very easily with a little juice. I took 2 1 at a time as this is the easiest way for me. They are very powdery you notice that as soon as you remove them from the packet but surprisingly there is no horrible taste.
Within 10 minutes of taking them I do feel more alert it is strange to describe but I did not feel less tired just like I could focus a lot more. I would have been able to sleep easily but these helped me keep my mind focused on the job in hand rather than drifting off into a dream world. They are not too noticeable and just give you a little lift.
The few times I have used these have been afternoon time and I find the effects last right up until bed time and then I can settle down and get some proper relief by getting my precious sleep. This is great as I was worried as I took them so late in the evening they would have a counter effect by keeping me up at night and then me being even more tired the next day but thankfully that did not happen.
**Summary and availability and price**
Would I recommend these I am not sure they do work but I found a good cup of coffee would probably work just as well and as I hate pills and try to avoid them as much as possible I am a little undecided. I tried them as I was travelling and did not fancy stopping every 5 minutes for the toilet but I suppose for VERY occasional use these do work well and do what they claim too.
They are widely available in supermarkets, chemists and even our corner shop sells them you can purchase them in different packet size but we tend to go for the 24 tablet pack at about £2 but as we do not often use them they tend to end up sitting in the cupboards for months at a time.
As a university student and with exams looming, AND a 2 year old daughter to contend with the possibility of sleeping like a baby was not an option! Sitting in the library for 10 hours at a time became a drag and I often became sleepy, lethargic and losing interest at a crucial time when I desperately needed to be alert! I have tried red bull, lucozade, boost, monster, relentless, all the energy drinks in my student shop and had found of course that after consistent use my body simply became accustomed to the drinks and they did not give me a boost at all.
By the time I got to my last exam I woke up at 2am, drove to my uni library to revise for my exam which was at 10am only having had 4 hours sleep but thinking the sacrifice was worth it for my last exam. I had bought some pro plus in boots the day before and was sure they would work. Of course these tablets are a fast acting caffeine boost to help relieve tiredness and help me feel more awake. I took 2 pills at around 3am, and had a sandwich straight after as I would not recommend taking any kind of tablet or supplement on an empty stomach. I would agree that I felt a lot more alert, was able to concentrate and pay attention, revising for my exam and staying focused. However by 9am I was feeling tired again so took another 2, eating a banana. I am not sure on the restrictions, as I thought 6 hours since the last dosage was ok, but during my exam I began getting heart palpitations and my arm had shooting pains...I almost thought I was having a heart attack! (except it was my right arm, that I was writing with) and even when my exam finished at 1.45 as I was driving home from uni my heart still felt achy and I had to pull over and take deep breaths. Since then I have not taken pro plus ever again! It does what it says on the packet, it definitely did wake me up and help me feel more alert but the weird after pains are a definite negative!
Just a note that the pro plus tablets come with the small leaflet inside which highlights that one tablet is equivalent to a strong cup of coffee (100mg of caffeine) but as most people I just bought it off the shelf and didn't take more than the required dosage thinking it would be ok! But everyone else, exercise with caution :)
To paraphrase the words of another Dooyoo member I've produced a baby of the non-sleeping variety. David, my fourth child, is a living nightmare. He's seven months old tomorrow and although he's a gorgeously sunny baby at times, I'm sure he has a 666 mark that appears only at night. On a good night it'll take me half an hour to get to bed, he'll wake four or five nights for two bloody sips of milk and then wakes up for the day at six. He has lots of naps during the day, but only for a few minutes at a time - never long enough for me to have a bit of a kip myself. My other three children slept beautifully from very early ages, Hollie actually sleeping through at a couple of days old which is so young the midwife advised me to start waking her for a feed (yeah, right). So I've never really known what it's like to have a 'real' baby. And David's a real baby alright!Pro Plus came into it when he was about three weeks old. The first rush of adrenaline had disappeared and I felt so knackered I couldn't function properly, I remembered my sister taking Pro Plus when she was at uni and she swore by them at the time - managing to pass her degree with flying colours while partying up a storm in Northampton and averaging an hours sleep a night. I bought them from a local chemist and paid £2.69 for 48 tablets, which I think is a reasonable price for a product like this considering how much a can of Red Bull costs.
Pro Plus are a small white tablet, easily swallowed with a sip of water. They go down nicely but for a few breaths after swallowing there's a (quite nasty) bitter taste, this is very unpleasant and although it's short lasting the memory of the bitterness lasts for much longer. If ya know what I mean?!
The packet recommends you take two tablets at a time, giving you a 100mg dose of caffeine. This is, apparently, the equivalent of a strong cup of coffee. The thing you have to remember is that taking Pro Plus gives you a sharp shot of caffeine, whereas the effects are more gentle when drinking coffee. You do get a jolt of energy after taking a couple of these tablets; I feel more alert even when I'm so knackered I could poke my own eyes out, and they do help me find the energy I need to do what I've got to do.
The problem comes when you find yourself taking more and more Pro Plus, they're addictive in a way as I really was popping them in a ridiculous fashion just because I was so tired and the effects are amplified so much when you double the dose. I only took them for a very short time because they left me feeling shaky and a bit jittery, my sister had told me to look out for these symptoms because she'd had the same thing - although she reassured me it'd go away, the jitteriness made me feel like a bloody heroin addict so I ditched the Pro Plus. I used four packets of Pro Plus over the period of around three weeks, which although more than the maximum dosage is a fraction of the amount some people get through. I think part of the problem is the fact that I'm a heavy coffee drinker - and I like my coffee black and strong. Combining the Pro Plus with so much caffeine (hell, I'd knock my tablets back with a double-strength Kenco) was just pushing my realms of tolerance too far.
As far as recommending them, if taken properly Pro Plus is a good product. I'm sure I've heard it really was designed with students in mind, and for a short term burst of energy they're great. Obviously you shouldn't be chemically enhancing your lack of sleeping for too long, but they definitely got me through the worst stage with David - and kept me functioning well enough to make sure the rest of the family were fed and watered!
There was a stage when I bought Pro plus pills to get through my 12 hour shifts at the super market and also to beat my essay deadlines at uni. Thankfully those days are no more. These in combination with coffee hit the nail right on the head and allowed me to continue living a normal life and do everything else on top of that.
The tablets should not be taken more than eight times in a day, similar to most energy drinks. Excessive use of caffine has been proven to increase irritation, headaches, insomnia and irregular breathing. In extreme cases of overdose caffeine usage makes the heart beat irregularly which increases your chance of heart attacks. You are unlikely to see these effects if you just go over by one or two tablets but like most caffeine products people can also become reliant on them. I witnessed this a lot at uni, some of my flat mates popping a tray of tablets a night just to get a buzz in order to cruise through their night life. As you should do with any stimulant, treat it with respect and know your limits and how much you need to get through a night as it is easy to pop one after another like mints. Next thing you know you will be flying off of the walls and then hit a huge downer.
The tablets give you a boost and a bit more energy, like a strong coffee but without the hash flavour, allowing you to keep your brain alert and banish your tiredness. Like coffee at first you get a boost but then as you get more used to drinking it you have to make it stronger or drink more of it to keep yourself at the same level of alertness. So soon you find yourself on the slippery slope to becoming reliant on them and taking much larger doses.
The tablets may only look small but each one has the equivalent amount of three cups of coffee within it. It does not state this on the packet and just gives the reader of the booklet inside the measure of 50mg. I certainly didn't know how much caffeine that was in comparison to tea and coffee. The maximum limit of 8 tablets is then the equivalent to 24 cups of coffee. Now ask yourself, would you drink that much in a day?
The packet that the tablets come in is rather bland and basic and contains no information apart from the products name and the age restriction of 16+. This makes the pills seem harmless and no different to something like a mint. Whilst the packet isn't marketing the product as cool and desirable it also isn't informing the purchaser of the risks involved or how much caffeine is in the pill. To get this information you have to look at the leaflet inside and even then it is not overly clear.
Overall I would not recommend Pro Plus tablets as they are not good for the body and the boost they give is only useful on the odd occasion and for most that use them it is a quick step to a mild caffeine addiction.
Pro Plus is part of Bayer Plc. It is a caffeine based tablet which claims to relieve tiredness and give you a stimulating boost. It claims to provide temporary alertness allowing the user to concentrate making it ideal for those who are studiying late at night.
Other caffeine products include certain fizzy drinks, coffee and energy drinks such as Red Bull. The caffeine content within 1 of the Pro Plus tablets is 50mg giving an instant boost as it goes straight into your system. Pro Plus can only be taken by those over the age of 16 and should be kept away from children. They cannot be used to replace sleep and should not be relied upon for regular use.
*~*Who Can/Can't Take Pro Plus?*~*
There are several reasons why you should not take these if you suffer from certain conditions or take certain medication, Do not take if you:
*are allergic to caffeine or other ingredients
*have or being treated for high blood pressure
*have a history of anxiety
*take decongestants, anti depressants, sedatives, theopyhllinem disulfiram or anti psychotic medicines
You cannot use these whilst pregnant or breastfeeding. Also it is warned that certain medicines may be affected. It is recommended that if you are eating or drinking caffeine products such as chocolate, coffee etc throughout the day, you will need to reduce the amount of Pro Plus you take. The leaflet tells you how much is in certain products.
*~*Possible Side Effects*~*
There are no guarantees with who will suffer any side effects from tablets. If more than 400mg of Pro Plus and other caffeine is taken in one day, side effects increase and may result in headaches, stomach issues, palpitations and sometimes insomnia.
Pro Plus can be identified by a white box with huge red writing confirming its name and blue bordering. Clear, consise information adorns the back including how to take etc and a leaflet insert is included. A foil backed packet is inside the box with Pro Plus written on. The tablets are seen through a clear front and need popped out.
*~*Taking Pro Plus*~*
1 or 2 tablets should be taken with water. It is recommended that you do not take more than 2 tablets in 3 hours and a maximum of 8 in a 24hour period.
*~*Availability and Price*~*
Different sized packets can be purchased depending on where you buy. You can get from 8 up to 56 tablets. Chemists and stores such as Asda stock them. Boots offer a 16pk at £1.83 or 36pk at £2.54. A 48pk can be purchased from Asda for £3.50.
I don't sleep too well often lying awake for hours on end. I sometimes take a sleeping tablet which gives me some sleeping time but I don't like to rely on them. By morning, I feel drab and exhausted which isn't ideal when I have an active toddler to run around after! I don't drink as much Coca Cola or eat as much chocolate as I used to due to being on a diet so I'm not getting the caffeine rush to perk me up.
My friend recommended these Pro Plus tablets to me telling me they were perfectly safe. My sister drinks Red Bull to perk her up but I can't stand the taste of that. I don't take these tablets all the time but if I've had a bad nights sleep I take them to see me through the day. These would have been a godsend when I was at college at needing to do work late at night so I can understand why they are marketed at students and the likes.
The information I need is present on the box and/or leaflet. I don't suffer with any of the issues on the leaflet and read if fully before taking these. My box was purchased from Home Bargains and contains 12 tablets for 99p. Not bad and certainly cheaper than Red Bull or a can of Coca Cola! The packaging isn't anything special but does its intended job. The tablets themselves are small, round and white just like my sleeping tablets.
*~*Perk Me Up Pro Plus Style*~*
These tablets are very easy to take and can be swallowed much easier than most. I tend to take just 1 at a time as this gives me the neccessary boost without me being as high and active! I swallow it down with a drink of cold water and it flows down with ease. The tablet feels powdery but has a sort of sweet almost minty taste which disappears as quickly as the tablet.
Within 5 minutes, I can feel my tiredness lifting. I was a bit sceptical at first wondering if they would really help but my thoughts were put to rest. The tablet does appear to get into my system really quickly and certainly quicker than a drink or chocolate bar does. I can be a grump in the mornings if I haven't had much sleep and all I want to do is sit down and do nothing. These come in handy for such times.
My eyes open further and I become very alert. One tablet is sufficient as I feel two tablets would be make me over alert and jumpy and thats not what I am after. I just need a boost to make me get off my backside and do things like get dressed, do dishes or play a lively game with my son. The fast acting tablet keeps me alert and more willing to do stuff. Fair enough, it doesn't keep me going all day but if I really need to perk up in the afternoon, I can safely take another one which will see me through til bed.
Most recently I have took one or two of these with anti biotics and strong painkillers. My painkillers cause drowsiness and I cannot afford to be sleepy at the moment. I've experience no ill effects whilst taking these with my painkillers and haven't experienced any side effects from taking them alone either. I bought these a few weeks ago and there is still a few in the pack so as you can see, I don't take them often.
*~*Conclusion and Recommendation*~*
Pro Plus does what it claims and gives me a temporary boost of alertness. I would recommend these if you suffer from lack of sleep and need to be alert and ready during the day. I can see how these could become addictive but be so careful and try to get sleep but if all else fails, have a pack of these at home or in your hand bag.
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When I was younger around 17 / 18 years and all nightbhouse partys were the thing of the weekend Pro Plus were the thing to have to keep you up so you dodn't miss out on anything.
Pro Plus can be purchased in Supermarkets and Pharmacys and costs vary depending on how many you buy 16 will cost you around £1 they are also sold in 24s for around £2 and 48 tablets for around £4.
Pro Plus are basically caffeine tablets which are designed to give you a boost and keep you awake and alert. The tablets are the same size as pain killers and are easily swallowed with water or when I was younger alcohol but don't get me wrong I am by no means recommending anyone follows my example and mixes them with alcohol.
I think Pro Plus are aimed mainly at young people - students in particular they advertise in away that makes you think you can use them to stay up all night studying in reality in my case it was to stay up all night partying I suppose on the other hand it was better than taking illegal drugs to keep me up.
As humans once we have been awake for 18 hours we begin to get tired and fatigued and when this happens we should probably be going to sleep and taking the natural option to revive however sometimes this is not possible and thats when people turn to pro plus.
Each 2 tablets of Pro Plus contain 100mg of caffeine which is the same as drinking a strong cup of coffee so you get the caffeine hit without the coffee taste. Caffeine is designed to make you more alert and keep you awake. In the short term this is fine and pro plus to emphasise that they are not a replacement for sleep.
My advice for taking Pro Plus is be sensible as a teenager I took no notice of the rules of how many to take and one night took way to many the results of this were I went to sleep so that defeated the object of staying awake. The long term effects seemed to be that when I drink a higher volume of caffeine now in alchopops l get tingles in my hands and arms this did not used to happen before I can not be sure if it was down to the over use of Pro Plus but it couldn't have helped.
I think Pro Plus are fine if you are responsible with them and are only using them occasionally they can't replace a good nights sleep though. I have also known people to become addicted to them so I don't think they should be so easy to purchase.
Pro Plus contains caffeine, a stimulant that can help to maintain mental alertness and make you feel more awake.Pro Plus Tablets provide relief of temporary tiredness / They are fast acting and allow you to feel awake Pro Plus contains caffeine, a stimulant that can help to maintain mental alertness and make you feel less tired / When should Pro Plus be taken?Whenever you need to temporarily relieve tiredness, Pro Plus provides the body with a shot of caffeine that will help you to feel more awake / Which in turn will enable you to concentrate and be more alert.It&amp;#39;s been proven that if you&amp;#39;ve been awake for more than 18 hours your response levels can become 50% slower as fatigue and tiredness set in / This can make a huge difference to your performance.Two tablets of ProPlus contain 100mg of caffeine - that&amp;#39;s equivalent to a strong cup of coffee and will help you to maintain mental alertness and help you to feel less tired, although it&amp;#39;s important to remember that sleep is the best and most natural solution to keep tiredness at bay.Caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant, and is often used to help restore mental alertness when drowsiness occurs / It is important to note, that Pro-Plus cannot replace sleep, and should be used only occasionally as an alertness aid.How to take Pro Plus:Over 16 years: 1-2 tablets with water, if preferred, as required during the day / Do not exceed 2 tablets every three hours or 8 tablets in 24 hours / Under 16 years: not to be given.Each Pro Plus Tablet contains:Caffeine 50 mg