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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pain pills may have caffeine, extend your withdrawal problems

Most people withdraw fairly easily but some of us are more sensitive than others due to genetics. The migraine is failure normal for us. It happens between days 3 and 5. It was so bad the first few times that I tried that i was literally crawling on the floor dragging a puke bucket around and wishing that I could just die, but I had to look after my kids. I took a "migraine" or "tension" headache pain med to get over it but it turns out they have caffeine, so I was not truly withdrawing. The symptoms would come back after a day or two. Try getting off slower, though that will cause you to feel tired for weeks until you finally quit for good as your body must adjust to not having it slowly, its basically spreading the migraine and fatigue out over time instead of all at once. But since you have a kid to look after, that might be the way to go.

4 weeks off caffeine !

Its always good to hear caffeine free comments from those who are more than a few weeks sober.

Weeks 1-2 Have been horrible. Fatigue, mind fog, uncontrollable appetite, just suckiness.

Week 3 has been OK somewhat, still some brain fog. And if I lifted heavy at the gym, forget it, I was done for; for the rest of the day.

Week 4 has been good.
Benefits:
Consistent energy levels, ALL DAY LONG. Even now at 9:00 I feel the same as if I just woke up.

Appetite is somewhat under control.

My reading, comprehension, memory, has been the best it has EVER been in my life. I understand/retain everything.

The bads:
My workouts at the gym have been horrible. I lost massive amounts of strength and size. Just couldnt get any energy to lift heavy whatsoever.

Depression. This is the 4th week and for the first time in forever, I go through periods of feeling sad. Ironically, it only happens when Im alone.

Other than that I can't wait for the 2 months mark. Hopefully my physical performance will come back to normal.

That was the most striking

That was the most striking thing to me, after being caffeine free for a while my memory improved significantly and my ability to sift through lots of information to focus on relevant points was noticably better. makes work a lot more enjoyable.

Way to go! Hope you update

Way to go! Hope you update everyone at 2 months. Lots of people post and promise but then disappear.

No Coffee, cut back sugar, pain

Well I was eating so much sugar, carbs and coffee. I am trim and tall and don't get too fat, even when I eat poorly, but still I was pretty bad when I got sick. First, a sinus infection. Then that went away with antibiotics and it became 2 cases of tonsilitis. I've never even had it before! I am 32. Then, that went away nicely, and got a terrible head cold that turned into sinus infection after 7 days.

I went to the health food store, and bought a bunch of stuff. All the books there said the same thing: Sugar and simple carbs are BAD for tonsils. So, when I was very ill, I cut coffee, because it's very bad for you when you're sick. And the sugar got cut back, except a bowl of golden grahams a couple times a week. That's it. Well 2 days after Halloween I fell off the wagon and binged on like 10 snack size candy bars and here we go again, now the tonsils are flared again, even while taking 1000mg/day of Cipro. Imagine that!

So, after quitting coffee, I had the sinus headache in front above the teeth and above the eyebrows and in the eye sockets AND the coffee headache, PLUS all assorted aches and pains, including leg aches and joint aches. The aches and fatigue never went away, so, 3 days into Cipro, they're still there...general malaise, sleepiness...it's been 8 days off Caffeine and I still feel so crappy, so so tired. I feel like I could sleep for days.

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Did you know how much of your immune system is controlled by pro-biotics in your digestive system? Do some research. Products like refined sugars discourage pro-biotic growth in your body and encourage the growth of bad bacteria....where as something like honey is PRE-biotic (and in some ways antibiotic) and encourages the growth of good bacteria that help your body.
Coffee isnt the best when you r sick, but it has its own benefits too in other ways.
I suffer from chronic pain issues and stumbled across all the crap we eat affecting overall health (and how you can live without any meds by just eating right). There is a LOT of this kinda info online if you look for it.

Withdrawl?

I'm a student so I used to consume a lot of coffee. And it wasn't just hot coffee, but iced coffee (which apparently is twice as strong as hot coffee...), iced lattes, etc. I switched to French vanilla cappuccino and would drink anywhere from 12 to 16 oz of that a day. After getting the shakes, I switched yet again to chai lattes which don’t have much less caffeine that a cup of regular coffee. The point of the story is this: I drank two caramel lattes (32 oz) within a few hours went home and had a freakout and haven’t been the same since. I haven’t had caffeine in a week and my heart races, I feel anxious/nervous, and I’m not as alert as I used to be. I’m worried that this isn’t normal…

hi

I suffered a caffeine withdrawl a few years ago and it's true : i became very irritable for a long period of when I stopped my coffee consumption, now I don't drink coffee anymore.

Monster Energy Drink

Okay, I'm currently 15. I started drinking Monster Jan 2010 I believe. I brought one to school every single day during lunch. Now I don't eat breakfast or lunch, the monster was basically my inbetween. I've just recently started getting the 24packs at Sams club. I'm now on my last pack of 24 because my parents are worried about my heart and nervous system since I did not stop drinking them in the summer. I think in my opinion monster is doing no harm to my body but I feel like I do need one every day or I won't feel the same or be the same person. So, I'm just wondering if you think I'm addicted or not?

If you have to consume

If you have to consume something everyday to feel normal (other than prescription medication) you are addicted. Your parents are right to be worried. Energy drings are harder on the body than coffee.

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