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MAIN Arrow to Health Health Arrow to Caffeine Withdrawal Caffeine Withdrawal

Typical caffeine amounts:

Substance

Serving

Caffeine

Coffee

Brewed

6 oz

100 mg

Instant

6 oz

70 mg

Espresso

1 oz

40 mg

Decaffeinated

6 oz

4 mg

Tea

Brewed

6 oz

40 mg

Instant

6 oz

30 mg

Canned or Bottled

12 oz

20 mg

Soft Drinks

 
Cola drinks

12 oz

40 mg

Hot Chocolate

6 oz

7 mg

Chocolate Milk

6 oz

4 mg

Chocolate

Milk Chocolate

1.5 oz

10 mg

Dark Chocolate

1.5 oz

30 mg

OTC Products

Analgesics

2 tablets

64 - 130 mg

Stimulants

1 tablet

100 -200 mg

Weight-loss pills

2-3 tablets

80-200 mg

Do you wake up each day and reach for your morning cup of coffee?

If you skip your coffee, do you get a headache and find yourself being irritable?

You're probably addicted to caffeine. Caffeine is the most commonly used stimulant and one of the most common addictions. According to some sources, approximately 80% of the world's population consumes coffee on a daily basis.

Caffeine is found in coffee, tea, chocolate, soft drinks, as well as other products like weight loss pills and analgesics.

People may not consider caffeine addiction a real addiction, and therefore seldom take it seriously. That is, until too much caffeine intake results in such ill effects as constant headaches, insomnia, anxiety or even panic attacks.

More seriously, high caffeine consumption can also elevate the heart rate and result in high blood pressure.

Caffeine withdrawal symptoms

Consuming too much caffeine can have adverse effects, but lowering your caffeine levels too abruptly can also have the same or similar effects.

Symptoms of caffeine withdrawal include headaches, migraines, difficulty concentrating, fatigue, nausea and muscle aches. Other symptoms may also range from severe mood swings to irritability and depression.

How to gradually cut down on caffeine

Cutting back on caffeine can be beneficial to your health, but it should be done slowly in order to avoid the discomfort of withdrawal symptoms. Those who consume large amounts of caffeine or have consumed coffee for many years should not totally eliminate caffeine from their diet, but steadily reducing the amount over a period of weeks to avoid the adverse effects of going "cold turkey".

To begin tapering off, kick-start the morning with coffee or tea but then switch to caffeine-reduced or caffeine-free drinks during the day. Similarly, have a piece of chocolate rather than consuming the entire candy bar.

Meanwhile, experts recommend increasing water or other non-caffeinated liquid intake during withdrawal to ease symptoms. Proper rest, exercise, and incorporating other lifestyle changes to reduce daily stress will also ease the most severe symptoms.

also see -> Alcohol withdrawal | Nicotine withdrawal


More information about caffeine withdrawal around the Web:



How to Reduce Caffeine Withdrawal Symptoms
- Check out typical symptoms with tips and remedies for decreasing intake of caffeine over time.

How to Quit Caffeine - wikiHow guide with step-by-step instructions for beating the caffeine habit with suggested substitutes, herbal remedies, health warnings and related resources.

 

This information is intended as reference and not as medical advice.
All treatment decisions should be made by medical professionals.

 

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