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What is caffeine withdrawal and how is it related to headaches?

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It’s easy for your body to get so used to the effects of caffeine that when you don’t have it in your system, you have withdrawal. A headache is one of the symptoms. This can happen when you have caffeine regularly, even as little as a cup of coffee a day.

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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,

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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."

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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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