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what can i do about re-curring caffeine withdrawal headaches from lack of coffee drinking?

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Dr. Lonna Larsh
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Slow withdrawal: Here's my technique: decrease amount of coffee by 1/2 cup a day until you're down to 1 cup a day. Then switch to black tea and have as much as you want. Every time you feel a headache coming on, have a cup. Then decrease black tea gradually to 1 cup a day. Then switch to green tea and repeat the process. When you are down to 1 cup a day, it should be easy to stop. Give yourself 2 weeks.
Dr. James Marx
Dr. James Marx commented
Pain Management 48 years experience
Interesting Technique.May want to add Pamelor near the end of headaches continue.
Feb 25, 2012
Dr. Leonard Lado
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Coffee headache: Coffee is the leading worldwide beverage after water and its trade exceeds us $10 billion worldwide. Habitual caffeine consumers who abstain from caffeine experience withdrawal symptoms such as headache, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, mood disturbances, and flu-like symptoms (juliano and griffiths, 2004). Empiricallly Gabapentin an anticovulsant may reduce the withdrwal symptoms.

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How to alleviate symptoms of caffeine withdrawal?

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For what length of time do caffeine withdrawal spells last?

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Can you guys tell me how bad was your caffeine withdrawal when you stopped it?

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How long do caffeine withdrawal last?

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