Even though I tapered down, I still experienced some of these symptoms. Withdrawal symptoms aren’t specific or constant, and they vary from person to person depending on their physiology and quantity of caffeine they’ve been consuming. Day 4 cold turkey. There is a slight fatigue but not too bad! The past several weeks, i just drink one English breakfast tea in the morning and no more coffee. The first were heart palpitations and insomnia which was pretty concerning. If a person persists in one’s bid to quit caffeine, one will eventually cross the threshold where the withdrawal symptoms begin to fade until they are no longer there. M taking dart whenever I get headaches. I switched to making a tea latte in the morning with 2 teabags I think that’s 60mg? Drinking plenty of water seems to help me. Been mostly off caffeine for 2.5 weeks now except for a cup of black tea in the morning – no more after coffee runs. Everyone metabolizes caffeine differently so you may be a heavy consumer because it doesn’t have much of an effect (and thus the withdrawals during weaning will be perhaps less). However, today I woke up with no pain, I have been up since 4.30 am and I feel so fresh. The bones in my feet and legs hurt immensely. Today, I was like, what the hell, gonna have a cappuccino. On an average day, I would have 5-7 shots of espresso to perform as required. Two days ago I cut it down to one cup of decafe. The Caffeine Withdrawal Timeline and What to Expect In the majority of cases, symptoms of caffeine withdrawal start within 12 to 24 hours after you have taken your last cup of coffee. Addiction Resource does not offer medical diagnosis, treatment or advice. I’m quitting due to acid reflux. I will be going to my GP for a follow up in a few days so we’ll see if he can provide more insight into this process. So far have severe headaches, upset stomach. If you are or have been an avid coffee, tea, or energy drink consumer then you are aware of how addictive caffeinated beverages can be.. Just a few hours after missing your scheduled dose the caffeine withdrawal symptoms start to set in. Well today is day 13. Then my husband started to get irritated, because every time I’d try to quit, it was really bad. I stopped coffee 2 days ago and am experiencing headaches and insomnia. I’m on day 5 off of caffeine . The positives so far are that my anxiety is gone ( huge change and an amazing perk ) , and i dont have to constantly think about where my next coffee will come from / cleaning coffee cups and pots/ ordering more pods etc . It’s been 5 days now and I am still having mild headache pain. I’m 2 months out and the physical yucks went away but now it’s just me trying to get control of my thoughts. My muscles now feel merely strained, not actually constantly uncomfortable. Adter50 plus years of consuming a tremendous amount of coffee. It was a horrible experience, and I had no idea what was going on. I’m in the minor leagues compared to many above; I found that my Coke Zero intake had escalated to five or six cans a day, and decided just to stop for many, many reasons unrelated to the caffeine intake. So that’s pretty high. I was forced into caffeine detox after a bout with food poisoning almost 72 hours ago. Good luck to all of you! I have quit coffee many times. How are you coping? I would say it is 5-6 weeks since my last cup of coffee or tea. However, if you were a chronic caffeine drinker, it is certainly plausible that they would last longer. -P-. It is probably a good idea to prepare everyone one comes in daily contact with to a little grumpy mood and probably an overreaction to the little things that normally wouldn’t be so. I’m 60 years old. Thank you for the positive comments. I thank God I came across an article about coffee and withdrawal symptoms of quitting coffee. I went off caffeine once before but don’t remember it being this bad. Never give up! zero cock Idont drink but Pepsi Zero Sugar 20 oz. Neuropharmacologists call caffeine a drug that acts as a mild stimulant that blocks receptors in the brain that can dilate blood vessels, causing headaches and other symptoms. I had my last coffee about a month ago and I am still going thru these hellish withdrawals that you describe so well. The headaches were not bad and now gone. However, caffeine does not cause the severity of withdrawal or harmful drug-seeking behaviors as street drugs or alcohol. Some of them include: Little wonder this is a symptom of withdrawal. Or else it’s not at all possible to attend my day today affaires. This way I know I will avoid disappointment with my progress. Three weeks ago, I quit cold turkey. I generally have a cup of coffee and soda a day. Magnesium supplements, Gatorade, and light exercise have been helpful, as well as allowing myself to rest. Newly pregnant and the taste of coffee is just awful now. its been almost a month going cold Turkey and I am very depressed and getting back on regular hours has made me less productive. Did it get better? I thought it was an ear problem, but the doctor said it must have been coffee. Thanks for reading! The headache started day 2 and lasted 2 days, that followed with stuffy nose and chest congestion and fatigue. For me, I sleep 12 hrs a day when I go through the withdrawal… don’t know who gets insomnia? I’m on day 4 going cold-turkey…think the worst has passed now, but it’s so very real and I definitely don’t want anything to have such a hold on me! Therein lies the problem as this continued dependence on caffeine wears down the adrenal glands. It is possible to become dependent on caffeine after just a week or two of continued use. I’m on day 4. If you’re thinking of quitting caffeine, good luck and I hope this timeline helps give you some idea of what to expect. I only have a teaspoon of coffee per day, but skipped yesterday and today due to medical fasting and yeah, the headache is hellish. Of course, it also seems that withdrawal affects everyone differently, and it may be that some people are truly entirely normal after the published 2-9 days that many articles cite. Ok, Good Luck to all, and my best wishes to those that want to quit. This is, ironically, as a result of the disruption of the sleep cycle due to the abuse of caffeine. There are certainly some people out there who have a day or two of withdrawals and then they are good. So I spent a week cutting back to one mug and stayed with that for a few months, the a week ago I took it down to one shot large latte, did that for a week, now I’m leaving a third of the coffee in the mug, and next week I will leave two thirds in the mug, then following week stop. Yikes! This information has helped me understand my symptoms, and has given me hope to hang in there. James. We will have to try another method and this article has been very helpful. 12 oz ). Feel awful. It could be another distraction and trigger more illness afterwards. Headaches are perhaps the single most common sign of withdrawal. 1400s. Most people who regularly consume caffeinated beverages are familiar with at least some of the symptoms of caffeine withdrawal. I’ve struggled with anxiety for much of my life, and I really don’t remember the last time that I had a stretch with so little worrying. Day 3 on caffeine abstinence. I’ll post an update in some weeks if I can remember haha. Despite its prevalence though, most people don’t give their caffeine habits a second thought — likely because of its legality and relative safety when compared with other drugs. Giving up alcohol seemed so much less painful – maybe I just forget once the goal of clearing the body from these drugs is achieved. Like I’m just dull. I am nearly three weeks coffee free and am still having intense bouts of sleepiness during the day. Gyeah headaches bearable . I remember in rehab (for alcohol) 15 years ago, they let us make our own coffee but we were supposed to use just one prepackaged bag per pot but everyone who made coffee would at least use two. That’s what I first experienced which prompted me to stop the regular coffee intake. Man, I was feeling so depressed, tired…my bones and joints were killing me, bad sleep….I didn’t even relate it with caffeine withdrawal…I was delighted to google this article, glad to know that I’m not dying, it’s only bloody coffee… , Don’t you think it’s so scary to experience the symptoms of withdrawal and to realise how much of a hold this stuff has on you! Am 65 yrs old. That went on for months until we bought a regular coffee pot, so the French press was way too strong. The palpitations and sleeplessness at night is what’s affecting me the most. I have been a heavy Starbucks coffee consumer, and have been taking in close to 40 ounces a day. I thought it was a heart issue . Th… The Headaches are getting better, I am eating well, and I actually feel very good right now after I rode my bike 3 miles. I feel boring without it. Sometimes moving up both sides of my head. Among the most common effects of caffeine withdrawal is insomnia. This is the reason why coffee is so popular in colleges and workplaces, where a high level of mental concentration is needed. Last time I quit coffee was just as bad. Aches and pains all over worse in legs and hips responds well to paracetamol. In my experience cold turkey is the only way to go if you seriously want to stop. I never really enjoyed the taste of coffee but used it as a stimulant when I started shift work. The trouble sleeping is the only remaining withdrawal symptom that I experienced past day four. What Are The Symptoms Of Caffeine Withdrawal? Day one spent on the sofa in a stupor, night sweats into day 2. Sev days to 2 weeks: They normally resolve within two weeks after your last significant caffeine use. My first day caffeine free went easier than expected. I stopped drinking coffee on Sep 9, and still have a headache today. The doc put me on a low dosage blood pressure med to help with my elevated BP and to manage the palpitations. Where’s your common sense & self love?? My anxiety was so bad (from c-ptsd) that two doctors told me to stop drinking it to see if it helps. So I went for 24 hours without caffeine and I didn’t think I drank that much but I imagine that what I went through was like heroin withdrawals… I woke up with a slight migraine and sweats… it turned in to shakes a cold spells back to over heating… nausea was horrible… every time I stood up I vomited… tired yes but the head pounded like nothing I had experienced before… I couldn’t take it and all the vomiting I finally had a soda delivered to me cause I couldn’t leave the couch and the headache slowly started to disappear.. by this evening I’m starting to feel more normal. Told me i was healthy as can be. Keep on everyone! Someone who abruptly stops caffeine intake after regular use will usually feel withdrawal effects between 12 and 24 hours after stopping. Good luck everyone. This is day four, now about thirty-six hours since the headache arrived, and it’s mostly gone. Although I sometimes alternate for a cappuccino on some days, but it’s about the same concentration. Lately I been battling the irritability which usually comes when my body is hungry. Good luck to all And for my fellow caffeine lovers seeking redemption, I thank you too for its your hx of trials that bring home the analysis of this report. I’m 2 weeks in and feel like crap a lot of the time. Good luck to you, are tremors part of it? They did an EKG, blood work, and listened to my heart in detail. I’ve been drinking coffee religiously for 30 years! Triple shot in the morning was my reason for getting out of bed. Not as severe , but they keep coming. The symptoms of caffeine withdrawal are felt anywhere between 12 to 20 hours after quitting and can last for up to one week. I know what is on the other side, I’ve been successful before and lived two great years caffeine free. Can’t sleep. Keep in mind though, that every person will react a bit differently, and your timing and symptoms may not line up perfectly with mine. I feel depending on the person and the state they’re in physically and emotionally, prior to quitting, the affects of the withdrawals are different. Ive been off for 11 days. I actually craved coffee less on this day than on the previous days. My headaches seem to be getting better but I’m still so tired and I have a hard time getting through my work days. I was up to about 4-5 cups of coffee daily. I realise I will have to accept this but hope I get more energy by the end of next week. Now they are skinny. I switch to a fruit and vegetable diet because it’s quick to prepare, and I make sure I’ve got everything I need in the house so I don’t need to worry about going outside, unless I want to. Today I’ve decided to take in a little just to stop seeing double. I feel worse than Ive ever felt in a long time. The headaches are less severe and I think I’m less bloated but otherwise I’m feeling pretty awful. I’ve been super tired, dizzy, anxious, i’m getting depressed now because i hate feeling like this, i just feel week overall. Many of the early studies of this topic used small samples and if one adjusted for the number of analyses carried out one would find few significant effects. The severe anxiety attacks are gone and all the worst symtomsm but i get waves where I feel more depressed and “disconnected” with reality( hard to describe) every now and then but it is more manageable and im able to function. I’m actually wondering if something is seriously wrong with me. This is the longest I’ve had headaches. I have been a regular coffee drinker for maybe 20 years or so. I’m six days in too and have the same symptoms as you. The headaches are bad, really bad, and it's impossible to … I wouldn’t feel this fresh drinking coffee. I have began my new life of eating organic and trying to remove and avoid all unnatural chemicals from my body. I just wAnt to sleep. Headaches not too bad though I do feel like my head is stuffed with cotton or something much of the day. Thank you! If you’re thinking of quitting, one thing that I wish I had done differently is to taper even more slowly. It is only a number of hours after you stop ingesting caffeine that you will notice the symptoms associated with withdrawal. Had I been trying to cut down to the extent of other posters here, I think I might have had a very tough time indeed. So many strong people here! In some cases, symptoms can take up to 36 hours to kick in. People on here seem guilty of blaming everything on caffeine. Maybe you were taking in caffeine in various forms that add up? Find somewhere else to share your negative energy. I feel the same and ive been off for two weeks. Your unmotivating derogertry comments aren’t appreciated here Raia. I was absolutely astounded! According to research, tiredness, as measured by a visual analog scale is the most sensitive indicator of caffeine withdrawal. I also feel very tired and at the same time unable to fall asleep, irritating. tell us Jaiden. Our writers and reviewers are experienced professionals in medicine, addiction treatment, and healthcare. I love coffee to just drink 1 cup a day! So, getting to my point: if you’re a proper caffeine drinker, consuming four or six or more cups of coffee a day, I would absolutely advise **against** going cold turkey. It sounds like you were consuming quite a lot. On the very last day, it took a lot of effort to talk myself out of having a second cup. It was strong for around 18 hours, accompanied by muscle pain primarily in my legs and lower back that peaked around the midpoint of the headache. Tiredness Yes. Exercise is a good one. My head feels awful. Some nights when I was working on the railroad I consumed as much as a pot a day. 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