Does anyone use caffeine pills on gigs?

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  1. glocke1

    glocke1 Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2002
    Usually I bring a thermos of coffee with me to gigs...I am really not a night owl (often in bed by eight pm even on non-work nights) and wake up early so I often struggle with energy and alertness levels on gigs that start at nine pm. The coffee helps me stay alert, awake and sharp.

    Last night however I was pressed for time and didn't get a chance to fill my thermos up before leaving the house and figured since we were playing at a place that served food, id be able to get coffee there. Wrong..they had no coffee and only had cold brew which I can't stand.

    The lack of coffee made for some difficulties but I pulled through.

    Was thinking caffeine pills would be a good thing to keep in my gig bag and came across these on amazon.

    Anyone keep these or something similar on hand at gigs?
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  2. Oddly


    Jan 17, 2014
    Dublin, Ireland.
    Used to use them occasionally in my roadie days, to get me home. In extreme moderation, or an emergency, I'd still use them but prefer not to. I'd stick to the coffee and make time to ensure I had it.
  3. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    Never for me.

    I had to stop using caffeine about 25 years ago. I really missed it for about a month.
  4. LBS-bass


    Nov 22, 2017
    Too much caffeine gives me jitters, but I do get the issue and have other means of helping which probably wouldn't work for most people. I have low blood pressure and some other issues and there are medications that do provide me with some energy boost when those issues are dragging me down. I usually will take those an hour or so before a show if I feel like I need a lift.
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  5. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member

    i've tried various, non-coffee caffeine-based concoctions over the years, infrequently, but i found that my system really responded to the chocolate-covered roasted coffee beans --- a little goes a long way for me! i used them effectively on those long-haul days with multiple gigs --- might be worth trying. they were in my system fast, faster, fastest........hang on... :D
  6. Boomhowertx


    Mar 16, 2020
    Wow, that's something we haven't had to deal with for several years now. We havent played bars, or anything late in a long time.

    Having some pot with energetic properties would be my choice. You won't O.D. and you might avoid any jittery or nauseating attack while onstage.
    I have to stop drinking anything 6 hours before playing anyway, usually.
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  7. JeezyMcNuggles

    JeezyMcNuggles Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2018
    Santa Maria, CA
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  8. JeezyMcNuggles

    JeezyMcNuggles Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2018
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  9. shnapper


    May 1, 2005
    Pharmaceutical grade baby!!! Lol!!!

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    chriscarcinogen Supporting Member

    Nov 16, 2008
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  11. roccobass

    roccobass Still funkin’ in the free world.

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  12. JeezyMcNuggles

    JeezyMcNuggles Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2018
    Santa Maria, CA
    I suck, but nobody really notices
    Red bull = a 6 pack of Pepsi. Without the wait time between cans, or the frequent bathroom breaks.
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  14. Element Zero

    Element Zero Supporting Member

    Dec 14, 2016
    Sugar Free Rockstar does it for me
  15. I took them a few times (exams at Uni) and am still alive. Harsh on the stomach though so have them with food. For infrequent use only, like your situation.

    I’d drink a Coca Cola, energy drinks, iced coffee, etc before taking one of these again. Just be a few minutes late next time and make that thermos of coffee.
    Last edited: Oct 17, 2021
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  16. vvvmmm


    Dec 6, 2016
    No coffee?


    Even the kind ya drink.
  17. No pills.

    just coffee and rarely one of the tea flavored low sugar monsters.
  18. Eric Swaim

    Eric Swaim GOD, U.S. MIlitary, Country Supporting Member

    Sep 21, 2004
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  19. juancaminos

    juancaminos Supporting Member

    I bring coffee in a real nice coffee container.
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  20. When I was a driver, I chewed coffee beans. Five hundred miles before a pit stop.
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