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can too much caffeine cause constipation

A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vladimiro Giua
30 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes and not: Caffeine being a stimulant can cause you to have a bowel movement. However it can cause dehydration and therefore lead to constipation.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gerald Mandell
51 years experience Nuclear Medicine
Both ways: Caffeine usually stimulates the large bowel. Depending on the individual situation caffeine can actually cause, relieve, worsen or prevent constipatio ... Read More
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Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
72 years experience Preventive Medicine
I don't: It does'nt work like that. Constipation in the U.S. Is at an all time high, judging by the questions. Caffeine is a dug that acts on the automatic ner ... Read More
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Dr. Raj Vuppalanchi
22 years experience Hepatology
No: Caffeine is a mild laxative and does not work for everybody. People who present to physicians are generally beyond this stage.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Dr. Alvin Lin answered
29 years experience Geriatrics
No: You can't blame excess caffeine for making you reckless. Too much can make you jittery & nervous and give you heart palpitations and even a splitting ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
31 years experience Psychiatry
Caffeine: Caffeine is stimulant, and excess can cause hyperarousal symptoms, confusion, visual disturbances, etc.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Possibly: Caffeine can be an irritant to both the bladder and the prostate. Fortunately, it does not affect most people.
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Liesa Harte
28 years experience Family Medicine
Fibrocystic breasts: Caffeine is known to contribute to fibrocystic breast symptoms.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leonard Spishakoff
Specializes in Addiction Medicine
Yes: Excess can be associated with tachycardia, anxiousness , irritability etc. Symptoms of caffeine withdrawal can also occur.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 years experience Allergy and Immunology
No, but....: It would not but may heighten your sense of any degree of itching and when you scratch your skin, a rash if born.
A 75-year-old male asked:
Dr. Tony Ho
Dr. Tony Ho answered
13 years experience Infectious Disease
Usually not: Caffeine by itself should not cause abdominal pain; that being said, most caffeinated beverages can irritate an already existing stomach ulcer.

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