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.

Comments

re: Great Job Kikaida

Hi there,
It's been 5 months now that I've been off caffeine and my depression/anxiety is gone.   I don't have anymore cravings or withdrawals.   I feel normal and happy again.   I have eaten very small pieces of chocolate here and there but nothing more.    No more caffeinated beverages for me.   I don't want to ever go through caffeine withdrawals ever again.    By remembering the hell that I had to go through with caffeine withdrawals has kept me clean and sober.   I compare caffeine addiction to any other drug addication like alcohol or illegal drugs usage.    One good thing about getting off caffeine is that I don't have to run the the restroom every hour throughout the day and night to pee.    The only advice that I can give is that you have to have strong will power and distract yourself everytime you have a craving.   Substituting another type of beverage instead of caffeine has helped me get over caffeine addiction.    Hang in there folks.
Kikaida
 

when did your anxiety go if you had any

Hi So glad to hear your home and hosed. Free of symptoms…. how wonderful that sounds. Did you have panic and anxiety and if so when did it go?

IM TO AT MY 4TH MONTH OF CAFFEINE WITHDRAWAL

ITS GOOD WE QUIT I FEEL HEALTHY ALSO AND I HAVENT HAD NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO CAFFEINE SINCE JAN I QUIT FOR GOOD.ALSO DID YOU FEEL WEIRD WHEN YOU QUIT LIKE YOUR MIND WAS NOT RIGHT COULDNT FOCUS AT ALL AND YOU HEAD FEELS LIGHT AND CLEAR.I WAS DRINKING CAFFEINE HEAVY SINCE I WAS 16 IM 29 NOW. ALSO I CANT BELIEVE THAT 92% OF MY PAIN WENT AWAY. WHEN I QUIT IT STARTED OFF AS FLU LIKE SYMPTOMS THEN I WAS HAVING PANIC ATTACKS BECAUSE OFF THE SYMTOMS BUT NOW THERE GONE ALL THE WAY.IM DOING EVERYTHING I HAVE TO DO TAKING VITAMINS AND EXERCISING LIKE HELL AND IM SO HEALTHY NOW ITS SCARYYYYYYYYYYYYY.BUT ANYWAY IF YOU READ THIS JUST LET ME NO DID YOU FEEL SPACED OUT IN YOUR MIND LIKE ME THOUGHTS FELT DIFFERENT WHEN THE CAFFEINE WAS GONE THERE NOT RACING ANYMORE SO JUST GIVE ME A HOLLA BACK

Congratulations Kikaida!

I am so glad to hear that your symptoms are gone, and you are finally experiencing good health being caffeine free!! From your posts in the past, I know it has been a difficult journey for you.......so glad that you persevered.
I, on the other hand, have gone back to drinking coffee again. (sigh)
Today is the beginning of  my caffeine free journey once again.........I lost count of the number of times I've tried to quit. I'm determined this time, because of some health issues that persist because of my caffeine consumption.
You give me hope that I can do it. Four months seems so long from now, but it will be worth it in the end.
You give me inspiration!!
Patrice

Hi Kikaida and Patrice!  Yes,

Hi Kikaida and Patrice!  Yes, congratulations to you, Kikaida!  Good for you - it's nice to read that you've finally overcome the caffeine.  Like Patrice, I've been drinking coffee again.  :-(  I don't have a good reason other than I guess I'm just not strong enough yet.  I allow myself exactly one cup each morning and that's it.  Also, like Patrice, I've lost count of the number of times I've tried to quit "forever" ... I always come back to coffee.  I'm not proud to post this, but I'm being honest.  I've gotten to the point in my life where that one cup, although it's no good for me, makes me happy and not a cranky, tired and head-achy person ... miserable to be around.
I hope that someday I can just walk away from caffeine, but not yet.  My very best wishes to you all and again, Kikaida - way to go!  Congratulations!

eww I feel terrible

Hey Everyone, thanks for the posts, they've really helped me figure this out.
I got the flu last weekend so I decided that it'd be a good time to quit drinking coffee. It's been a ride. Night sweats, a real pressure in my head like its going to cave in, even my teeth hurt. I think the symptoms are partially because of my flu, but the mind raciness and anxiety are all too much. I just took tylenol to see if it would help with the pain but it hasn't done much. I'm also very hungry and lethargic. I could stare in space all day. It's weird. But I'm 7 days  in today so there's no stopping now :)

Caffeine Withdrawl

I am not a coffee junkie but I was a Chocolate Junkie. I ate chocolate everyday for the last 5 years. I decided to quit cold turkey because I am trying to conceive and want to get my body healthy. Now I'm thinking was this a mistake. It has been 14 days and I suffer from anxiety everyday. I have a Panic attack every single day since I quit! I wake up with heart palpitations, sometimes I so feel depressed, I cry for no reason. My legs are restless and I feel like Im losing my mind.My anxiety is that bad that I have now developed a phobia driving in the car and fear public places. I wish I could sue those Cadbury money making  pigs. I am walking 30 minutes a day and kicking boxing 20 minutes a day and the anxiety wont fade. I am hoping these symptoms fade soon. :(

hang in there. drink lots of

hang in there.
drink lots of water. I quit coffee several times with lots of withdrawals. you gotta just hang in there and the symptoms will fade. 

I have been drinking mountain

I have been drinking mountain dew for years.  It was about 12 yrs ago i started drinking more frequently.  2:30 pm monday afternoon I had drank my last 24 oz bottle.   I woke up on and off last night many times.  And about 9:30 am or 10 I had to go to the bathroom for the first time for about 3 hrs and vomit.  I felt at first it was just a regular old migraine.  I realized later it could be caffeine w/d.  I'd like to see how long it takes to get better.  I do love MTN DEW.  My headache got a little better cuz I took some excederin.  But then later got to be moderately low pain.  I also have congestion from allergies so that doesnt help either.  Should I be seeing a doctor?  I'm visiting a relative out of state. 

Mt Dew withdrawal

Mt Dew was my drug of chocie for 10 years, on and off, anywhere from a single 16 oz bottlr a day to 2+liters a day. I stopped cold turkey about April 1st. I had done this a few times in the past but slowly went back to it because it helps me work as a writer. The buzz helped me get work done!  But now its 4/26 and for last 7 days or so I have been dealing with mild headache all day, and depression, or lack of ambition.  Deadlines looming, but no energy or desire to do the work.  General malaise, it sucks.  I am glad  I found this site, and I am sure its caffeine related.  I have no urge for the green nectar of the Gods anymore, but want my ambition back!  I am eating alot of dark chocolate, but more for the sweet tooth urge than for any caffeine that might be in it.  I wonder if this will prolong the symptoms?? 
Thanks everyone who has posted, its all helpful.

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