What are the symptoms of caffeine withdrawal?

Regular caffeine consumption reduces sensitivity to caffeine. When caffeine intake is reduced, the body becomes oversensitive to adenosine. In response to this oversensitiveness, blood pressure drops dramatically, causing an excess of blood in the head (though not necessarily on the brain), leading to a headache.

This headache, well known among coffee drinkers, usually lasts from one to five days, and can be alleviated with analgesics such as aspirin. It is also alleviated with caffeine intake (in fact several analgesics contain caffeine dosages).

Often, people who are reducing caffeine intake report being irritable, unable to work, nervous, restless, and feeling sleepy, as well as having a headache. In extreme cases, nausea and vomiting has also been reported.

References.

Caffeine and Health. J. E. James, Academic Press, 1991. Progress in Clinical and Biological Research Volume 158. G. A. Spiller, Ed. Alan R. Liss Inc, 1984.

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anxiety panic caffein

Caffein Im highly addicted been 2 weeks now

Caffeine is very much a

Caffeine is very much a source of panic attacks and anyone saying otherwise doesn't understand caffeine allergy/toxicity. Research caffeine anaphylaxis and see what you find. It should give you enough of a boost to keep going. Leave it alone. I'm currently detoxing from the evils of caffeine (yes, a DRUG). Not easy, but very worth it. Good luck...it takes some time. It also means no chocolate or otc pain-killers/analgesics, especially if you are allergic...and it sounds as if you are.

If you are still experiencing

If you are still experiencing panic attacks you may want to consult your doctor. caffiene is not a cause of panic attacks, although can make it easier for them to occur.

why do people post comments

why do people post comments that are completely wrong.  Drinking too much or withdrawl can cause panic and anxiety.  Read the medical studies.

You are right it does.  I

You are right it does.  I wonder where these people come from telling people its not that bad or its not a "real drug".  It is a drug the same as nicotine, coccaine and heroin.  its just milder. The fact that it is milder may be worse because most people dont realize they are hooked. 
Actually it effects more of your body than those others do.  It uses a more incidious method of tripping your dopamine receptors and it puts you in a fight or flight body state.  So it effects your whole body.  Adenosene is a very important central nervous system regulator and caffine pretends its adenosene.
Its a stimulant and there is no doubt about that...  you know what they used to put in soda before it became illegal...  coccaine. So think about why they replaced one stim with another next time you want to post dumb ass comments about everyone making shit up.
http://www.caffeinedependence.org/caffeine_dependence.html#withdrawal

I haven't had soda in a while

I haven't had soda in a while and i've had a headache and havent been able to sleep, and im irritable, i still really want some soda, but my stupid parents havent bought any, now i've taken to eating sugar but that doesnt help much

day 2

I decided to quit drinking coke cold turkey yesterday morning (I do not drink coffee).  Yesterday, I was okay until about 6:30 pm and couldn't keep my eyes open.  I slept about 10 hrs last night (way more than normal) and I am still exhausted.  Luckily, tiredness is my only symptom--I plan on giving up soft drinks for good.

caffeine withdrawal Day 24

I have drank about 3-4 cans of pop everyday since my freshman year of highschool. I am now 21 years old and decided enough was enough. I recently quit cold turkey 24 days ago from all pop, and all caffeine. I'm just wondering how long the headaches and tiredness last?? I have headaches everyday it seems like yet, im tired all the time and have small paranoia attacks every once in awile. Is this normal for caffeine withdrawal, am I going to get back too feeling normal ever?

caffeine withdrawal symptoms

airjordan8: hang in there buddy. im going thru the same symptoms after quitting coffee four weeks ago. i still have mild panic attacks, body aches, sleepness, but getting better already! im trying a drug for anxiety(dr. prescribed) that seems to be working. will let you guys know more about it later as i find out more.

No more caffeine :)

So im 16 years old and my family is born and raised on soft drinks. So of course that's all I've ever really drank. Mostly 7 cans or more a day. But I just went to church camp for a week during the hottest part so we needed as much water as we could get. So a week of about 10 water bottles a day really made a difference. When I drank a soda when I got home I was experiencing horrible stomach pains, feeling more tired, and cramps. And I just I was getting really sick until I saw this. It really helped and I've quit cold turkey with the sodas and im hoping for the symptoms to go away but it's only been a few days.

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