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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I am a 34 year old female who

I am a 34 year old female who just got diagnosed with asthma. I was told i had to quit smoking and drink lots of water. without ever thinking about it i quit smoking cold turkey and stopped drinking my Dr. Pepper. i have not had a problem with the headaches but i have had a problem with my pulse rate going over 120 whenever i try to get up and do anything. i went to the er and they tested my heart and found nothing wrong. i was wondering if anyone else has had this experience and if so how long it lasted? Thank you for any help

omg! yes! I just recently

omg! yes! I just recently quit smoking and no cokes for me all at once.Its been about 7 days now and I feel horrible!I went today to best buy with my son and i felt like I was gonna hit the floor cause I have no energy at all.Also I have been having some chest pans to.

My heart has been giving me

My heart has been giving me palpitations, on and off since coming off though having the odd 1/2 teaspoon in a decaff. I am going to get checked as the feelings are grim.

Thanks for the advice. Good

Thanks for the advice. Good luck, Rick.

Exploding Headache

Yesterday about 2pm, the inside of my head began burning in the sinus and forehead areas. This went on for about an hour leading into pressure building within my entire skull. By 4:30pm I was on the couch in agony that was only just beginning. My head felt like it was going to explode. I had to sit up with my head laying on a pillow in forward position over the back of the couch to even get a touch of relief. Two Advil did nothing. I became nauseous but never vomited. By 7pm, I took 2 Extra Strength Tylenol. 30 minutes later I started to get sleepy and enter twilight state, and the pain began to relieve somewhat. I was able to eat something by 8:30 or so. This headache was scary.

It didn't occur to me until this morning that I did not drink coffee all day yesterday. I usually have 4 cups of high quality coffee a day (i.e., Seattle's Best, Green Mountain, etc.)

Is this a withdrawal headache? Anybody have this experience?

Yes, this is definitely

Yes, this is definitely withdrawal. You were consuming an extremely high amount of caffeine (probably 800 mg) or more per day, and you went down to nothing. This is the equivalent of being a drug addict and suddenly stopping drug use, although to a lesser extent. In three days, you will likely start to feel better. Until then, your head will hurt and you will have no energy, and will likely be depressed as well. The good news? It is temporary! You will feel better, just do your best to ride it out. You can do it! You can break the power that caffeine has over you, even if it only is temporary. Feel free to email me if you need any support, as I've gone through what you're going through many times. Best of luck.

Caffeine free on day 6, my symptoms...

OK, for five years now I've had off and on strange symptoms, started with dizziness, loss of appetite, stomach problems, restlessness, being "shooken" awake, depression, etc..

I decided to quit caffeine about three years ago and noticed a big change. While I had general anxiety symptoms - I've been an anxious person most of my life, most of my scary symptoms started to dissipate. I began working again, have two jobs now and had a hearty appetite.

Then in December - after going back on caffeine, at least 3-4 cans of pop a day since the summer, if not more, I felt the symptoms hit back pretty hard. I got scared again, anxiety really crept in. I tried to quit caffeine but couldn't. palpitations, chest pain, GERD symptoms, twitchyness, numbness, flu-like nausea, anxiety through the roof.

I got back on caffeine and that was able to get me through somewhat. Until last Friday. I had my third pop (diet mtn dew this time) of the day at work (I work 15 hour double duty on Fri and Sat - I like to call it my nightmare weekend). I began to feel dizzy, confused, lightheaded, twitchy, panicky. I have klonopin, which I take only when I need to (and I've been taking a lot more of recently), and that settled me down.

I decided enough's enough and quit cold turkey. Needless to say most of my "scary" symptoms went away. The pains, twitching, numbness, chest pains and general anxiety haven't shown up since. I'm left with a set of new ones though. Saturday I had an awful headache all day and by Monday night I developed a pretty raw throat and cough that hasn't got worse, but hasn't got really any better. On top of that I'm quite tired and haven't been able to sleep that well and have had some shakes/anxiety. That said, I feel like I'm withdrawing rather than going nuts like I was when I was on caffeine. I'm pretty hopeful these new symptoms will dissipate as well as I stay off caffeine (and sugar for now) and they are definitely not as scary as the weird stuff I experienced drinking caffeine.

By the way, I also ordered a product called Well Tabs that I saw a commercial for. Generally I don't "fall" for such ads targeted at, well, the frustrated self-medicating depressed type. But I've had success with multi-herb formulas before and I've been taking it for two weeks or so with some nice results. At the very least it seems to keep your bowels regular and thats always a plus. I'll continue to try those (plus my daily intake of One-A-Day, Grape Seed, Flax Seed and Magnesium) as well as stay off caffeine and (for now) sugar. Despite my new sluggishness, I'm generally feeling a lot better about things.

Caffeine withdrawl ?

I have been a regular coffee drinker for the past 9 years now. I needed a change of diet and I knew that I relied to heavily on caffeinated beverages, mostly coffee and tea. About 3 days ago I straight up quit cold turkey. I experienced extreme tiredness, depression like symptoms and a scratchy throat with a cough. I feel like I am starting to rebound a little but I am glad I am back on the rebound. Thanks for your post Phil.I wasn't really sure what was happening to me. After reading your experience it sounds like we are both in the same boat. Caffeine-holics anonamous anyone?

Can anyone please help me with this

I always had some caffeine here and there but all of a sudden I had the smart Idea of taking diet pills which had about 186 mg of caffeine in them twice a day for about 2-3 weeks all of a sudden on a Wed. I didnt take them with a good breakfast and during class I experienced a caffeine overdose I was dizzy and had numb and tingly feeling from both of my hands and heart felt like it was gonna explode so I went out side and calmed myself down and went back then right before class ended I had another one so I went to the campus med. facility where I had another papiltations I guess that what they are called.. they wouldn't let me go till my heart rate went down.

So that that happened on Wed. and it got better and better, Fri. after my job interview I developed a lump feeling on the right side of my throat and lost my breath every time I thought about it got worse and I couldnt go to sleep so I went to the Doctor on Saturday and he said that He could not see anything really wrong with my throat except maybe a little inflammation so he gave me some antibiotics I dont know whether it is the throat inflammation or the stress and anxiety I have because of the caffeine withdraws

So far I have these symptoms; Chills that go off and on, dizzyness and once and a while loss of balance but this can be due to my bad eyesight since I do not have glasses, I can hear my heart beat but i dont freak out anymore, loss of weight, depression, weeping and crying, hot and tight face, and loss of Hunger, I also feel very tired.

I wanted to know if this is due to the caffeine withdraws and how long this will last, or should i ask the doctor to check my blood and see if that stuff messed with my thyroid or heart.
I need help because im 19 and I have never experienced this type of thing before and its scary

caffeine problem

hi
i wanted to know how long you went with the symptoms of caffeine withdraws because i think im going through it right now.
thanks

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