What Group Of Hydrocarbons Does Caffeine Belong?


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Aisha answered
Caffeine is considered as a stimulant drug. It is a hydrocarbon and is xanthine alkaloid compound. Its molecular formula is C8H10N4O2. The name of the compound is derived from the French term for coffee, café.
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Dave Cowles
Dave Cowles commented
Most basic class would be an alkaloid. Coffee contains several pyridopyrimidine alkaloid compounds to be more specific and some if not all, such as Theobromine, are stimulants as caffeine is. It is also an ADH inhibitor which causes you to have to urinate more often when you drink coffee. The same is true for alcohol.

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