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What can I do to manage my caffeine intake and my headaches?

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If you want to try to cut down on caffeine or avoid it completely, it’s best to do so gradually. For example, if you normally have two cups of coffee in the morning, start by cutting back to one. If you quit suddenly, it can take up to a week to get past the withdrawal symptoms.

Keep track of your headaches and what seems to help. Get good sleep, and drink plenty of water. A nutritious diet and daily exercise can also help. Try to manage stress. You might be able to beat a headache with relaxation techniques, meditation, or massage instead of using medicine or caffeine.

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American Migraine Foundation

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Lipton, R. February 1998. Archives of Neurology,

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Ward, N. February 1991. Pain,

American Headache Society: “Caffeine and Migraine.”

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “Headache: Hope Through Research.”

Diamond, S. 2001. Current Pain and Headache Reports,

Diener, H. 2011. Current Treatment Options in Neurology,

Silverman, K. October 1992. New England Journal of Medicine,

Addicott, M. October 2009. Human Brain Mapping,

Cleveland Clinic: “Rebound Headaches.”

Cupini, L. J 2005. ournal of Headache and Pain,

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Behavioral Biology Research Center: "Caffeine Dependence."

UpToDate: "Patient information: Headache treatment in adults (Beyond the Basics),” “Pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, and diagnosis of migraine in adults.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on October 23, 2017

SOURCES:

American Migraine Foundation

Migliardi, J. November 1994. Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics,

Lipton, R. February 1998. Archives of Neurology,

National Headache Foundation: “Caffeine: A Little Bit Goes a Long Way.”

Ward, N. February 1991. Pain,

American Headache Society: “Caffeine and Migraine.”

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “Headache: Hope Through Research.”

Diamond, S. 2001. Current Pain and Headache Reports,

Diener, H. 2011. Current Treatment Options in Neurology,

Silverman, K. October 1992. New England Journal of Medicine,

Addicott, M. October 2009. Human Brain Mapping,

Cleveland Clinic: “Rebound Headaches.”

Cupini, L. J 2005. ournal of Headache and Pain,

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Behavioral Biology Research Center: "Caffeine Dependence."

UpToDate: "Patient information: Headache treatment in adults (Beyond the Basics),” “Pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, and diagnosis of migraine in adults.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on October 23, 2017

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