Family and Caregiver Schizophrenia Discussion Forum

Energy Drinks, Caffeine and Psychosis


#1

A note to people - something to keep in mind:

Energy drinks may provoke psychotic relapse in patients with schizophrenia

Consuming energy drinks may lead to psychotic relapse in some patients with treated schizophrenia, an expert says In a letter published in the latest Medical Journal of Australia, Prof David Menkes, Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Auckland, describes the case of a 27-year-old New Zealand Maori man with diagnosed schizophrenia

Demon Shots, widely available in Australia and New Zealand, contain 200 mg caffeine, plus taurine, B vitamins and guarana, which may have other stimulant properties

“This case provides evidence that some patients with treated schizophrenia may be vulnerable to exacerbation of their illness by caffeine-containing ’energy drinks’,” Prof Menkes said.

The Medical Journal of Australia is a publication of the Australian Medical Association

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#2

When I was in the sober house people would drink those like fiends…ive never had one…I reckon it hits harder than coffee and I was having enough problems with anxiety from half cup of coffee at the time didn’t seem worth it regardless.


#3

I reduced my caffeine intake from 4 cups of coffee to 2 cups of coffee in the morning. I don’t drink energy drinks, don’t like the taste of them.


#4

2 is a healthy amount…they say u can drink 3 in a day but 4 was pushing it for sure. I usually have 3 but I do it strategically


#5

anything that over stimulates…

a few years ago… I was dumb and drank a few to many of those over a hard week…

blew the senses wide open… hyper sensitive to everything… light… noise… touch…

and racing thoughts… energy I couldn’t burn off… messed up my ability to sleep…

then the crash…

I stay away from those now.


#6

Interesting news, I am a caffeine addict and drink a lot of coffee, it is a habit, I try not to drink coffee in evenings in order to sleep better, but then in the morning I need to have some. I believe that the heavy use of caffeine causes lack of sleep which may result in additional symptoms, I have had this habit since my childhood.


#7

My son drank these when he was on meds. Wonder if that was helping to cause seizures?
He still drinks them-along with lots of soft drinks, but no longer has seizures.
Those drinks are poison!


#8

you can relapse while drinking milk, it doesn’t matter if your going to relapse your going to relapse regardless of what you consume on a daily basis…


#9

I definitely had an episode because of excessive caffeine recently. Since then, I limit myself to one small cup in the morning. I tried going cold turkey, but I just couldn’t handle it.


#10

Ya same thing happened to me on the job. I had went nuts after a couple monsters. My sensitivity to sounds and stimulation was over 9000.


#11

My son (to say he HATES the hospital would be an understatement) drank a Monster energy drink when he was on a high dose of Haldol. He begged me to take him to the hospital right away…said he’d need a good 4 days in there. He was terrified on the reaction, which fortunately calmed after several hours.


#12

I am a strange fella. Caffeine has never done anything for me. It does not give me an energy boost or anything. I drink coffee with flavored creme for the taste. It is so good with toast in the morning. MMMM can’t wait untill morning now.


#13

Wow. Makes me glad that my roommate is already so conscientious about not taking anything with more caffeine than a Coca Cola.