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Dr. Robert Killian
Board Certified, General Practice
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Can caffeine overdose cause serotonin levels to drop?

Dr. Robert Killian
Board Certified, General Practice
23 years in practice
327M people helped
Can caffeine overdose cause serotonin levels to drop?

What?: What is a caffeine over dose?

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Board Certified, Psychiatry
37 years in practice
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Caffeine depleted my serotonin levels and melatonin levels causing me to have anxiety. What natutal supplements can I take?

Dr. Pamela Pappas
Board Certified, Psychiatry
37 years in practice
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Caffeine depleted my serotonin levels and melatonin levels causing me to have anxiety. What natutal supplements can I take?

Assessment 1st: What you take depends on what the problem is, & what result you want. Before trying more supplements, it would make sense to see your doctor for assessment of the "derealization" and insomnia you mentioned in your additional patient information. These may be connected to more complicated conditions, and need specialized treatment for best results. Hoping for the best possible outcome for you! ...Read more

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
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Dr. Linda Callaghan
Board Certified, Addiction Medicine
48 years in practice
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I overdosed on caffeine before i was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. I can't sleep. Could it be my serotonin levels and melatonin levels dropped?

Dr. Linda Callaghan
Board Certified, Addiction Medicine
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I overdosed on caffeine before i was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. I can't sleep. Could it be my serotonin levels and melatonin levels dropped?

Partly.: Caffeine itself can be the culprit for your insomnia. Hypothyroidism can cause depression which can lower your serotonin level and can contribute to your insomnia. Melatonin is a diet supplement that can improve the quality of your sleep. In the winter time when we have less exposure to sunlight, our melatonin level can go down which contributes to the winter blues and insomnia. ...Read more

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Board Certified, Family Medicine
33 years in practice
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Why does caffeine make me shake and make me feel terrible physically and mentally?

Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Board Certified, Family Medicine
33 years in practice
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Why does caffeine make me shake and make me feel terrible physically and mentally?

Stimulant: Adenosine suppresses activity in the central nervous system. Caffeine antagonizes Adenosine & increases acetylcholine, epinephrine, dopamine, serotonin, glutamate, norepinephrine, cortisol (& inhibits gaba at higher doses). Inhibitors r blocked, stimulators r enhanced. ...Read more

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Dr. Owen Scott
Board Certified, Clinical Psychology
34 years in practice
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What drinks decrease serotonin levels?

Dr. Owen Scott
Board Certified, Clinical Psychology
34 years in practice
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What drinks decrease serotonin levels?

One that doesn't: Quite a few web pages state that caffeine consumption causes a drop in serotonin. Not true- caffeine works directly on adenosine receptors. It also leads to increased dopamine action, producing a sense of pleasure that may account for much of the appeal of caffeine drinks. Over-reliance on caffeine can cause problems but decreased serotonin is not one of them. ...Read more

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Dr. Maureen Nash
Board Certified, Geriatric Psychiatry
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Would luvox normally be considered the last choice for ocd-after others have failed--the caffeine interaction is a real turnoff?

Dr. Maureen Nash
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Would luvox normally be considered the last choice for ocd-after others have failed--the caffeine interaction is a real turnoff?

Depends: The key to successful medications for ocd is a high dose of medication affecting serotonin. Commonly this is done with an ssri like sertraline, fluoxetine, paroxetine, or fluvoxamine. Other hooves include tricyclics like clomipramine or even amitriptylene. Finding one that works for a specific person is a complex clinical issue best decided between patient and clinician. ...Read more

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Board Certified, Psychiatry
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Does coffee affects the levels of serotonin, noradrenaline and dopamine ?

Dr. Pamela Pappas
Board Certified, Psychiatry
37 years in practice
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Does coffee affects the levels of serotonin,  noradrenaline and dopamine ?

Yes: The caffeine in coffee blocks Adenosine receptors, which when activated make you tired and sleepy. This blockade also affects all major neurotransmitters, such as dopamine, acetylcholine, serotonin -- and in high doses, norepinephrine too. Dopamine effects are not in the exact same regions of the brain that other addictive substances affect, though. ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Steinbach
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I have been on velafaxine xr (225mg) for a number of years. My psych. prescribed me 10mg generic adderall(ir)-is serotonin syndrome likely?

Dr. Alan Steinbach
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I have been on velafaxine xr (225mg) for a number of years. My psych. prescribed me 10mg  generic adderall(ir)-is serotonin syndrome likely?

Not likely: serotonin syndrome is rare, but I couldn't find a reliable number for 'rare'. As an ER doc for 20 years, I never saw a case. However, anecdotal evidence suggests its more common at higher levels of Effexor/Venlafaxine. If you are aware of symptoms, and work closely with MD and the benefits are great, probably worth trying. ...Read more

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Dr. John O'Malley
Board Certified, Child Psychiatry
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My 14 yr old son who is takes 40 mg of Vyvanse & 20 mg of Lexapro a day, wants to take a GNC product for weightlifting and the the product if called muscle tech anabolic halo hardcore proseries (post workout) and contains some creatine, caffeine, phenylal

Dr. John O'Malley
Board Certified, Child Psychiatry
49 years in practice
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My 14 yr old son who is takes 40 mg of Vyvanse & 20 mg of Lexapro a day, wants to take a GNC product for weightlifting and the the product if called muscle tech anabolic halo hardcore proseries (post workout) and contains some creatine, caffeine, phenylal

Be Careful: Since both vyvanse and Lexapro have strong effects on the brain's neurotransmitters (norpramine, serotonin , etc) and different requirements for brain enzymes to deal with these drugs i would not take supplements that include creatine and others. Vitamins are generally safe and effective. Stay away from other nutritional products until your doctor can tell you whether they are safe to take. ...Read more

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