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The buzz about AeroShot | Dr. Petter

AeroShot is a new, caffeine-powered product on the market. It is inhaled into the mouth, swallowed and then absorbed into the blood stream. It does not enter the lungs.

Each small, lipstick-size canister contains 100 milligrams of caffeine (total of four to five puffs), which is equivalent to drinking a large cup of coffee. In addition, it contains B vitamins and sweeteners.

This product is marketed to anyone who needs more energy, focus and improved concentration, but without the need to consume fluid. It could be helpful for those working long hours, driving long distances, or for college students needing to stay up long hours to study. It is not intended for children.

The FDA (Food & Drug Administration) considers AeroShot a dietary supplement. This product should be avoided by people who are sensitive to caffeine and those who are allergic to ragweed. Why? One of the sweeteners in this product is Stevia, which may cause an adverse reaction in someone who is allergic to ragweed.

Do not use more than three canisters a day. In addition, I would not recommend consuming AeroShot if drinking alcoholic beverages. Why? Caffeine may keep the mind awake, but alcohol can cause impaired motor coordination and reaction time. In addition, since AeroShot is a caffeine powder versus liquid, an individual may be more inclined to drink more alcohol.

This product is available at selected convenience stores in New York City and Boston, as well as on line (Aeroshots.com). It costs $2.99, equal to a small specialty coffee.

Dr. Linda Petter of Auburn is a weekly feature on KOMO TV/News Radio (1000 AM & 97.7 FM) every Saturday and Sunday at 7:45 a.m. and 9:45 a.m., and on a weekday during the morning and evening commute. She trained at the Mayo Clinic and the University of Illinois, Carle Hospital. Dr. Petter is chief of the Department of Family Practice at St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way. She is a consumer healthcare advocate, and her books, "Healthcare On a Budget," and "Common Medical Sense", are available on Amazon.com. Visit her website, www.DocForAll.com, or call her office at 253-568-0841.

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