Caffeine Withdrawal


What is caffeine withdrawal syndrome?

Caffeine is a stimulant to the central nervous system that is present in varying quantities in items like coffee and chocolate. People having a habit of consuming caffeine may think of it as a stress relief. But dependence on it may affect the health. Since it has an effect on the natural substances present in the brain they are addictive. When a person withdraws the use of it, the brain does not know how to function in its absence as it is accustomed to its presence. This leads to caffeine withdrawal syndrome.

Caffeine Withdrawal

Caffeine Withdrawal Symptoms

  • Sleepiness
  • Irritability
  • Constipation
  • Lethargy
  • Muscle pain
  • Stiffness
  • Cramps
  • Insomnia
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Anxiety
  • Lack of concentration
  • Symptoms of flu
  • Depression
  • Headache
  • Abnormal heart rhythms

Assessment

  • Level of dependence
  • Tests should be run to know the kind of toxins are affecting the body
  • Psychological problems like stress can be identified by consulting a psychiatrist
  • Dosage and frequency should be clearly mentioned to the doctor to help charter a correct plan of treatment

Treatment

  • Stay away from stressful thoughts that may be an excuse to use the stimulant
  • Substitute caffeine with healthier alternatives like juices
  • Taper the use of the drug to avoid symptoms as well as chances of relapse. It is best to reduce the consumption gradually to ensure no drastic impacts are seen.
  • Inculcate a habit of having decaffeinated drinks by having 25% decaffeinated drinks per month and then increase the proportion by 25% every month
  • Keeping the body hydrated by drinking water eases the symptoms

Prevention

  • Exercise helps to sweat out the toxic matter and keep the body healthy
  • Eating healthy food reduces symptoms of the syndrome to a large extent
  • Avoid the use of tobacco or other stimulants during withdrawal

How long does it take to detox from caffeine?

The timeline for detoxification depends on the amount of caffeine had been consumed and therefore varies in different cases. Usually, the symptoms start appearing after 12 to 24 hours post discontinuation. However, it takes about 2 to 4 months for complete detoxification.

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