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can caffeine cause shortness of breath?

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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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Not usually: caffeine however is a stimulant, and can cause anxiety and the rate of breathing may go up - breathing faster and more deeply. This may result in low carbon dioxide levels, which mimic feeling short of breath. Cut WAY back in your caffeine use if this is happening to you. You may need to do a gradual taper, because rapid cessation may cause severe headaches and other withdrawal symptoms.
Answered on Jun 18, 2014
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