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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coffee and caffeine

Hi, I am on day 11 of no caffeine and no sugar. I quit cold turkey, after experiencing a severe hypoglycemia attack.

My question is has anyone felt "out of it" kind of like in a dream state on and off? I am having headaches, tiredness,

irritability,depression, anxiety, and this feeling of being in a dream. Is this normal? please share with me tips on how

to get thru this. How long will this last? thanks

GREETINGS ANGIE- Yes indeed

GREETINGS ANGIE- Yes indeed those symtoms are real- and it will take weeks to completely purge your system- but have faith, it will subside. But here is the interesting part- Why should anyone be surprised? Has anyone noticed that "Caffeine" ends in that wonderful three- letter "ine"- you know, like METHAMPHETAMINE, BENZEDRINE, ETC? Ever notice how the sheep- like morons lining up at Starbucks look just like junkies at a Methadone Clinic? It's because they are ADDICTED, to a worthless blood pressure raising drug- Don't tell me either about "benefits of Coffee" studies. They always say "some studies have shown" or "some patients showed this or that"- It's nothing but bull- crap- besides, there are plenty of safe, healthful ways to introduce the right kind of anti- oxidants into your system if thats what your after- (dark salads, fruits, veggies, etc.- easy to research)- GOOD FOR YOU FOR TOSSING THE BROWN POISON!

Quitting Caffeine

Until recently(the better part of 40+ years) I have drank between 6 to 10 Cokes and/or diet cokes a day. I just started to drastically reduce(not completely cut out) my soda comsumption and my feelings of "irritability,depression, anxiety, and this feeling of being in a dream" is about a 9.5 on a scale of 1 to 10. My Dr put me on Bupropion last year and at first I thought these symptoms might be a delayed side affects of the antidepresants. Now after reading your post I finially see that my symptoms are a by product of the caffeine withdrawl

Hi Angie.. this dream state

Hi Angie.. this dream state may be something caused by anxiety that I personally went through called depersonalization here's a link about it. Wish you luck you can make it through.. I'm also quitting caffine cold turkey right now. Tough! http://my.clevelandclinic.org/disorders/dissociative_disorders/hic_depersonalization_disorder.aspx

RE: coffee and caffeine

Yes, I did. In the morning I would wake up feeling like I was in another world! Just be patient it will go away. Also during the worst of my withdrawals I had so much anxiety and depression, that I laid in bed for days. During this time it would be wise to stay away from anything depressing(newpaper,news,etc). It's all apart of the withdrawals. Remember your body now has to adjust to not having caffeine! Just hang in there!

10 months and Counting

This is my 10th month Caffeine free and I must say I feel amazing. This whole withdrawal thing has been quite a crazy experience!! I went through it all (severe panic attacks, dizziness, severe fatigue, body feeling like a lead weight, digestive problems, sleeplessness ,etc). At times it was pure hell!! So for all those who are just starting the journey, hang in there! It's all worth it when you make it to the other side.

How long did it take you to

How long did it take you to really come out of it and feel the way you do now?

Re: How long did it take you?

It took a good three months to get over the worst of it and another two to three months to feel completely normal. Each person is different. Also I did the cold turkey method, so the weaning off process may be better for some people. This message board was a blessing during my withdrawals. It was a huge help:)

Wow...Well now I know what

Wow...Well now I know what I'm up against. I quit for a month once but still felt tired and crappy. Thought it was just me. Even went to the doctor and had tests run but everything came back normal. Mentioned my caffeine use but the Doc sort of brushed it off. I'm sure he's a an addict too like about 80% of everyone else. Thanks for responding.

hi im 24 years old and i

hi im 24 years old and i havent had coffee in 7 days b/c i thought maybe i had fibromyalgia. During these 7 days without coffee i cant sleep, my legs and arms feel restless, im having lower, mid and neck pain along with alot of my joints, im having mood swings, headaches, im often crying at time, during nights i cant sleep or having panic attacks. I was wondering if all this is caused by no caffeine. After wat i was reading about alot of ppl goin through this, that maybe it could be the caffeine and not fibromyalgia

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