Nicotine And Caffeine Causing Bad Reactions To Me

Feb 12, 2014

Recently, I have been having really bad reactions to nicotine and caffeine. After consuming either of them, I find myself in a confused and agitated state. I feel focused, but it feels as if my thoughts are blocked and I can't think properly. I find it hard to understand basic life situations. I even find it hard to speak and understand language. I also seem to lose my short term memory and all of my actions feel meaningless. I never used to have a reaction like this in the past. In-fact, I used to benefit from nicotine and caffeine greatly. They helped me manage my symptoms of ADHD. Also, I quit consuming either of them for at least 2 months, and once using them again, I still experienced this effect. Why is this happening to me?

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On Sunday mornings at 10.30 I organise a French conversation group. Saturday night I took my mirtazapine at half past midnight.

At the group I found that I hardly recall the words that I wanted to say. As an example I wanted to think of the word for yesterday - hier. I always have a problem remembering that - I know it is either higher or demain (tomorrow) but if I can't think of the two words in the first place I can't juggle them. When you tell me the word, I know it.

Of course, conversation requires the instant use of words, In English, we can think of alternative or simpler words for the same thing but if one can't think of the basic word it is very difficult. Effectively one is left saying one can't think of the word.

[url] ... that it effectively says that "Mirtazapine may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert".

Effectively "effects common with psychiatric medications (e.g. constipation, confusion, loss of coordination, memory loss)".

When I have important meetings I don't take it the night before.

Last night I dropped off to sleep and woke up at 2.30 and therefore didn't take it.)(

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