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Is it true that caffeine is considered a drug? Why?

Jess, from Pennsylvania



Dear Jess,

Caffeine is considered a drug because it is addictive and has specific adverse effects on the body. The Medical Encyclopedia lists the following symptoms from overdosing on caffeine-

difficulty sleeping, muscle twitching, confusion, increased urination , increased thirst, fever, difficulty breathing, vomiting, diarrhea, irregular heartbeat, rapid heart beat, convulsions and death.


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