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

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

Sore shoulder from caffeine?

I am only on my second day without coffee, I drank 2 or 3 cups a day. I recently saw a kinesiologist and he told me that caffeine (coffee) is one of the very worst things I could be putting into my body. I knew it was bad but have been putting quitting off. I have had pain in my right shoulder that my chiropractor cannot get rid off, nor other things I've tried- I have been doing hair for 27 years. The kinesiologist said that caffeine causes inflammation, or also something else in my diet. Also I am wondering how acidic my body is... I was wondering if anyone posting here got rid of a ache or pain in one area after getting off coffee? I thought for sure my trouble was from my job, but I guess you never know. And also I am so thankful to see all these posts about everyones withdrawals because I am already extremely foggy, sick feeling, all sorts of stuff already on day two, I feel like poop and feel sad/ depressed. Feeling this terrible makes me realize even more what this must have been doing to me. I tried a coffee substitute from the health food store but its gross.....

Kerry

caffeine withdrawal

One symptom of caffeine withdral is sore muscle/body aches (flu like soreness) due to adenosine receptors in our bodies need to regulate again. Google for more info on adenosine receptors. God bless you in your effort to quit.

6 days free

I am glad to find this forum. I am 6 days from no diet soda. I was up to about 16 cans of diet soda a day. I slowly went to 3 cans a day, then two and then one and then the last 6 days free. I am getting small headaches and I feel so tired -- I am drinking more water each day but I was wondering how long it might be before I felt not as tired as I do?
Thanks
Kim

Caffeine withdrawal

Ok, I quit drinking coffee nearly 3 months ago. I was also taking a supplement to workout with called ripped fuel which has caffeine too. I averaged a latte or 2 a day and one pill. Ever since I have quit them both I have felt pretty bad. I went trough the normal withdrawal stuff but even now I am constantly foggy, pressure in my ears, headaches, tired, etc. Can anyone tell me if this is normal? I'm a bit concerned that it may be something else. I am a 28 yr old male, if that helps to know. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Oh, I have taken sudafed and a antihistamine in thoughts that it may be sinuses or congestion and neither do much good at all.

Foggy

It could be:
you just aren't drinking enough water. I have to use a straw bottle to get enough- i hate the squirt/sports bottles and hate sipping from a glass. I need WAY more water than just about anyone I know. My brother in law also noted that when his ears hurt he drinks water until he feels them "pop".

Caffeine works by dilating your blood vessels, therefore it's often prescribed for headaches and used in sinus meds. You may actually be allergic to a number of things, but because you've been on caffeine for so long you never "noticed" because the caffeine was keeping your sinuses (which are full of blood vessels) open. I would look for the regular allergens- pets, dust, dairy, citrus, eggs, wheat before you go digging too deep. It may be as simple as airing your house out daily, vaccuuming more often. Do not overlook the need for clean pillowcases- it's what you stick your face into for eight hours a day!

Are you exercising regularly? that usually opens everything right up for you for a while, which may reduce symptoms.

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