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.


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.


Digestive, numbness and tingling problems

I've been off of caffeine for a 1 year 3 months and I still have these symptoms. I have a tingling sensation through out my body. Let me not get started on the digestive problems!! It's not as bad as when I first started the withdrawal process, but it still sucks!! I was told that depending on the person it could take a year or more for your body to function normally without the caffeine. The body needs time to heal.

It's not withdrawal.

Hey gang.  I've also kicked the cofee habit and can relate to a lot of what I'm reading, but there are a few threads talking about persistent withdrawals for months and this thread is even climing withdrawals for over a year.  Let me set this straight.  These are not withdrawal symptoms.  You have not replaced your morning pick me up with a change in lifestyle and attitude.
I have a PhD in medicinal chemsitry and drug addiction and withdrawal is an area that I have a lot of interest in.  Your brain will rewire itself to not having cofee completely and totally within 2 weeks time.  The bulk of it is done int he first 5 days.  Consider that. 
So why are you still having these symptoms and what can you do to get rid of them?  Well the single best way I have discovered to beat the blues is exercise.  Get up first thing in the mornign and go do a hot yoga class at 6:00 am before work....I can almost gaurantee you that you will have a much lighter mood the rest of the day.  If yoga is to 'eastern' for you then hit the gym first thing in the mornig before work.  Bust your butt in there and it will have the same benefit.
You see exercise causes your body to synthesis and release more of the exact same chemicals that coffee does.  Namely dopamine, norepinephrine and serotonin.  The adenosine pathway has long since reregulated itself.  What you are missing now is the explosion of feel good chemicals that coffee gave you everyday.  You became addicted not just to the physical efects of coffee but also to feeling great without having to work for it.... It's not natural to feel high on life without exerting some effort...Feeling depressed and blue is your bodies way of saying hey, I wasn't mean to sit in a cubile all day...give me a reason to live!  Depression is a great tool for bringing about change in our lives...
Cafiene addiciton is real, but don't make it more than it is.  Anyone considering giving up the mornign joe should give a lot of consideration to relacing it with morning exercise.  You will get far more REAL energy from it....and it will also help your brain repair itself much faster as the higher metabolism causes a much higher turn over rate of your brains natural amphetamines...

Hey there, I am trying to

Hey there, I am trying to kick caffeine as well and I have experienced tingling in my feet and fingertips at times, although it really was nothing to be alarmed about and usually did not last long.

Wow. A year and 3 months and

Wow. A year and 3 months and still experiencing symptoms. Did you have any other symptoms that have since subsided? I'm 6 months off caffeine after quitting cold turkey and still experience mild anxiety and depression. Did you ever experience these? If so, how long did it take until they were gone? Thank you!

Re: Digestive, numbness and tingling problems

Hi there,
Have you been seen by a doctor for your numbness and tingling sensations?    If so, what did they say could be the cause?    Do you have the numbness and tingling in your legs and arms?    Mine is mostly in my legs.    Let me know.

Tingling on Left Side of Head on Scalp

Hi there,
Has anyone ever experienced a tingling sensation on top of their head?   Mine is on the left side.    I was wondering if that could be a withdrawal symptom of caffeine too.    Sometimes there is a burning sensation also on my forehead.   Let me know if you have experienced this before.   My doctors think its anxiety.    I have had this for 3 months now.    I think it could have been caused by two things.... either from taking one month of cipro antibiotic or due to caffeine withdrawals.    Let me know what you think...

I felt the tingling in my

I felt the tingling in my head when I first started dirinking coffee. I work at a school and the school nurse ask me if I had coffee. She told me that would cause that feeling. I have given up coffee and feel miserable. I am dizzy and have nausea. I have slight headaches and feel anxious. I obviously should have listened to the nurse and stopped while I was ahead of this addiction.

Caffine withdrawls

I get tingling on my skin. Mainly my arms. Sort of like the feeling when you havent showered for a few days. I am tired. Not that irritable. I just wish I had more energy. Im on day 5 of no caffine.


that has to be anxiety, i have and taking meds for anxiety,i have had serious caffine withdraws and it last a week or two but no more, good luck and also if you take meds for aniety depression ect  you are not suppose to drink caffine with them.

Yes I got this before. Mine

Yes I got this before.
Mine was the entire top part of my head, along with tingle sensation throughout my arms and even my legs. The sensations you feel in the scalp/head/neck area could be contributed to poor posture.
When you have poor posture there are nerves/other anatomy (I dont know technical terms, my doctor explained this to me years ago) in that area such that if it remains like that for long periods of time (poor posture) it will lead to those sensations.
Hope this helps.

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