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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Could be, but unlikely

It could be, but probably not. A can of coke has 45mg of caffeine in it. I'm pretty sure the studies around dependence and withdrawal have found it starts with an intake of around 100mg a day. It could be that you're particulalry sensitive to it, but it's unlikely and wouldn't last 2 weeks on such a low dose.

More likely it could be sugar or something related to it than caffeine.

Thanks for the response. For

Thanks for the response.

For what it's worth, I've drank one can/ day of Cherry Coke for the past three days and the aches and pains seem to have gone away. Maybe I was just that sensitive to it or the sugar? Just hoping it's not anything serious (me being somewhat of a hypochondriac certainly doesn't help matters!).

Any idea if eliminating that 45mg/ day would cause problems if it were part of a "caffeine routine", meaning that in addition to the soda (usually during late afternoon), I'll usually have coffee in the morning (either large dunkin donuts w/ sugar and two packets of equal or a traveler mug with three pakcets of equal) and a glass of sweet tea at night. I didn't drop the coffee and sweet tea habit over the past two weeks, just the soda.

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I wake up every morning with a splitting headache, i have a huge 500ml mug of tea and the headaches goes away..i am totally addicted to tea..i have approx. to 4 to 5 x 500ml mugs in a day..i am trying to stop but but cant seem to get past the 1st day because the headaches sets in..wat can i do... [email protected]

Try using excedrin extra

Try using excedrin extra strength. It has caffeine. Start by taking the max dose per day. Then slowly start cutting back on the excedrin

My names Emilie and i am only

My names Emilie and i am only 19 but I drink caffeine constantly. I have at the minimum two red bulls and six colas a day.

I am also an ex cocaine addict so i am trying to quit caffeine now as well, because it is an unhealthy stimulant.

Unfortunately my withdrawal symptoms are terrible: fever, migraine, chills and extreme irritability, not to mention being very tried yet restless at the same time.

I unfortunately succumbed to the siren call of the caffeine. So I ask? how do I do it? how do i stop drinking caffeine?

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Please Help

What I have done to eliminate my caffeine addiction is this: I buy one regular coffee package and one 1/2 caffeine package and mix them together (usually the small bags) when I finished this mixture I move to just the 1/2 caffeine, then after that mixture is gone I buy one decaf and one 1/2 caffeine and mix together and when that mixture is gone, I go straight to the decaf. I have experienced the headaches occasionally but I haven't had a cup of coffee now for two days and the headaches are gone.

probably is the caffeine.

probably is the caffeine. different people have different tolerances and withdrawal symptoms. if i don't drink coffee for a while, and then drink one cup, it keeps me wired for almost 10 hours. right now, i drink 5 or 6 cups a day (terrible i know). when i get to this point, i normally stop cold turkey and experience little to no withdrawal symptoms, most of which is just being tired from not having slept much during the past week or two. other people can experience splitting migranes from stopping small amounts of caffeine. it's different for everyone. just try drinking half a coke every day and bringing it down more slowly and you'll do just fine

Early days

I'm day 3 and my head is splitting! I am however sleeping really well!!

Caffeine Withdrawal: Fatigue & Depression

Question: Has anyone experienced severe fatigue and/or depression as a symptom of caffeine withdrawal? If so, did it pass in time? I'm 46 years old and have been extremely dependent on coffee and caffeine for the past 25 years. I recently decided to stop once and for all and tapered off of caffeine over the past several weeks - my last, small "dose" of caffeine was this morning. Because it's been so gradual, I have experienced very little in the way of acute, short-term withdrawal symptoms (headaches, etc.). However, I've been experiencing extreme fatigue as well as some depression in the last couple of weeks. Has anyone else experienced this? As a long-term coffee drinker, should I expect some longer-term, emotional/psychological withdrawal symptoms (such as depression, etc.) in addition to the more short-term, physical symptoms of withdrawal?

Question: Has anyone

Question: Has anyone experienced severe fatigue and/or depression as a symptom of caffeine withdrawal? If so, did it pass in time? I'm 46 years old and have been extremely dependent on coffee and caffeine for the past 25 years. I recently decided to stop once and for all and tapered off of caffeine over the past several weeks - my last, small "dose" of caffeine was this morning. Because it's been so gradual, I have experienced very little in the way of acute, short-term withdrawal symptoms (headaches, etc.). However, I've been experiencing extreme fatigue as well as some depression in the last couple of weeks. Has anyone else experienced this? As a long-term coffee drinker, should I expect some longer-term, emotional/psychological withdrawal symptoms (such as depression, etc.) in addition to the more short-term, physical symptoms of withdrawal?iyinet frmtr trkygnclr webmaster seo yarışması

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