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Pro Plus Tablets
Member Name: chrisandmark
Pro Plus Tablets
Advantages: A good product if used properly
Disadvantages: Can become addictive, may make you very jittery
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!
Summary: Do the jitterbug!
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