Anxiety, Headaches and Restlessness: Caffeine Withdrawals

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    Feb 28, 2009 7:03 AM GMT
    It's been about 5 days since having my daily dose of caffeine...

    Anybody else try to quit caffeine and experience these withdrawals?


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    Feb 28, 2009 9:15 AM GMT
    Over this past winter break, I went off caffeine for about 3 weeks. I didn't have any withdrawal symptoms other than restlessness and a really intense desire for caffeine for awhile.

    I've been trying again, this is the third or fourth day. Hopefully this time it'll stick... I do really badly on caffeine.
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    Feb 28, 2009 9:21 AM GMT
    Yeah, usually I experience the anxiety. My main vice is Pepsi, and I'm trying to cut back on that especially now that they've done the whole "rock star" deal.
    My attention span is usually next to worthless a little while before and after I've had one, and it makes it hard with schoolwork etc to concentrate. icon_confused.gif
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    Feb 28, 2009 11:14 AM GMT
    I gave up the caffeine cold turkey 2months ago now. Over Xmas break, I was staying at a friend's house who did not have any diet Dr. Pepper. It was the beginning of a brutal cold snap and was too lazy to drive in the cold to get some soda.

    The headaches and melancholy were intense for about 5 days and once I got through that, i just won't let myself go back. I have tried for about 2yrs, to give up my 2 litres of soda daily without success until now.

    I think it was just the break in my daily routine and some willpower that did it.
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    Feb 28, 2009 11:19 AM GMT
    Headache and the let down feeling can occur with caffeine withdrawal. The "weekend headache" is a result. This complaint commonly prompts a visit to the physician. What happens is that people drink a lot of caffeine products at work such as coffee. On weekends people sleep in and consume little caffeine. The vessels in the brain dilate since there is no caffeine to keep the them constricted. The result is a headache sometimes severe. This happened to me a lot of times until I figured it out. The problem was resolved by drinking more coffee with breakfast.
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    Feb 28, 2009 7:32 PM GMT
    Several years ago I did a cold turkey withdrawal from caffeine. (I had been having maybe eight servings of coffee, tea or diet cola a day at that point.) The headache, listlessness and irritability were a nightmare for about a week. I can't remember if I actually took a few days off work, but I certainly considered it. I remained caffeine free for 12+ years and then went back to having very moderate amounts after my doctor and I figured out that it helps me avoid instances of very slow (40ish bpm) pulse.

    Good luck and try to remember that the withdrawal symptoms are temporary and harmless - even if they feel really bad.
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    Feb 28, 2009 8:14 PM GMT
    Why stop? Two to three cups of coffee a day have proven health benefits. And a nice buzz.
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    Feb 28, 2009 8:42 PM GMT
    There's nothing wrong with phasing yourself off of a drug. Cold turkey is like ripping off a bandage with the scab still sticking.
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    Apr 22, 2009 6:41 PM GMT
    Yup, caffeine withdrawals are miserable. I had all those symptoms for 2 weeks.
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    Apr 26, 2009 3:29 PM GMT
    gameboi saidYup, caffeine withdrawals are miserable. I had all those symptoms for 2 weeks.

    Me, too. My doctor had told me to stop all cola and coffee for several weeks, because of some stomach issues, not because of caffeine per se.

    I almost went nuts, especially with terrible headaches, that I recognized as something I'd had before, having previously thought they were caused by oversleeping on weekends. It wasn't oversleeping itself, it was missing my normal 6 AM cup of coffee, and by midmorning I was having caffeine withdrawal. I failed to make the connection because when I did finally have my coffee late, the headache would linger, not instantly disappear.

    Yet I had never imagined myself a coffee addict. I had my routine 2 morning cups to get me going, then no more coffee all day, not even with meals. I did drink Coke though, so I was taking caffeine throughout the day.

    My stomach's better now and I'm back to coffee, I really do like that morning routine, and the wake-up it gives me.
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    Apr 27, 2009 12:20 PM GMT
    This is one bad habit I wish I can give up. I am addicted to diet pepsi/ coke. I just cant live without it. I feel awful if I dont get my daily dose of caffiene.

    I know it bad for me, but I cant handle the withdrawal symptom. Aside from my addiction to men, I put diet pepsi/coke my major bad habit.
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    Apr 27, 2009 12:36 PM GMT
    Sparkycat saidWhy stop? Two to three cups of coffee a day have proven health benefits. And a nice buzz.




    Yep, unless there is some physiological reason why you should give up coffee what is the point? As long as you are not taking in excess amounts, it is like a glass of wine - there are health benefits to controlled intake. Running releases huge amounts of endorphins into my system, some people experience something like a high, won't be putting away the runners anytime soon!
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    Apr 27, 2009 12:50 PM GMT
    Coffee is loaded with antioxidants; therefore. the health benefits.

    Some of the benefits

    lowers risk of dabetes mellitus , parkisnons disease, colon cancer, cirrhosis of the liver and gallstones.
    increases athletic performance
    improves mood
    can stop headaches
    prevents cavities
    http://men.webmd.com/features/coffee-new-health-food

    Not mentioned in the above article was that coffee can reduce the incidence of some skin cancers. If exercise is added there is additional reduction in certain skin cancers




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    Apr 27, 2009 1:10 PM GMT
    joecoolnv saidIt's been about 5 days since having my daily dose of caffeine...

    Anybody else try to quit caffeine and experience these withdrawals?


    Joe
    quit caffine???? WHY??? lolol
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    Mar 10, 2013 3:18 PM GMT
    "The headaches and melancholy were intense for about 5 days and once I got through that, i just won't let myself go back. I have tried for about 2yrs, to give up my 2 litres of soda daily without success until now."

    "Several years ago I did a cold turkey withdrawal from caffeine. (I had been having maybe eight servings of coffee, tea or diet cola a day at that point.) The headache, listlessness and irritability were a nightmare for about a week. I can't remember if I actually took a few days off work, but I certainly considered it. I remained caffeine free for 12+ years and then went back to having very moderate amounts after my doctor and I figured out that it helps me avoid instances of very slow (40ish bpm) pulse.

    Good luck and try to remember that the withdrawal symptoms are temporary and harmless - even if they feel really bad."


    It would seem that caffeine withdrawals last about a week. I have been drinking one or two cups a day, and it has been a time of stress and anxiety; all the more reason to stop. Today is day one of NO COFFEE.


    It would seem that some of us really enjoy caffeine and that some merely endure it as a habit.
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    Mar 10, 2013 3:28 PM GMT
    The only drawback I've found with coffee is I lose my calm and patient demeanor. First cup after I get to work...not before. Or it's 20 miles of white-knuckling the steering wheel and flipping everyone off.

    Yeah, recovering California driver in Washington state, where apparently it's normal to apply mascara in the rear-vue and block the passing lane at the same time. icon_eek.gif

    If you get a headache, take Advil.