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What happens if you suddenly stop taking caffeine?

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If you stop taking caffeine abruptly, you may have symptoms for a day or more, especially if you consume two or more cups of coffee a day. Symptoms of withdrawal from caffeine include:

  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Depressed mood
  • Difficulty concentrating

From: Caffeine Myths and Facts WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

International Food Information Council Foundation: "Caffeine & Health: Clarifying the Controversies."

Nutrition Action Health Letter: "Caffeine: The Good, the Bad, and the Maybe."

European Food Information Council (EUFIC): "Myths and Facts about Caffeine."

Johns Hopkins University Bayview Medical Center: "Information About Caffeine Dependence."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on April 30, 2017

SOURCES:

International Food Information Council Foundation: "Caffeine & Health: Clarifying the Controversies."

Nutrition Action Health Letter: "Caffeine: The Good, the Bad, and the Maybe."

European Food Information Council (EUFIC): "Myths and Facts about Caffeine."

Johns Hopkins University Bayview Medical Center: "Information About Caffeine Dependence."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on April 30, 2017

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