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July 14, 2011 12:38 PM
I have stopped drinking coffee on and off for a few months. The days I don't drink it I get a wicked headache that wont go away even if I take advil. I don't like the taste of coffee anymore... not sure what happened... since I got the flu 2x I just can't drink the stuff... I pour myself a cup only to dump it out. But now I suffer from these headaches... sometimes I will drink a coke just to get rid of that darn headache. Any other options out there?? sick
  3143310
July 14, 2011 12:44 PM
If you go cold turkey the headache will go away in a day or two, but if you go back and forth you're just getting a rebound headache from the lack of caffeine on those days.
  1652718
July 14, 2011 12:45 PM
Time is really the only way to cure a caffeine withdrawal headache. I've tried - many times - to eliminate caffeine from my life and every single time, I can't take the headaches -- I cave and drink an energy drink, coffee, etc.
  3200790
July 14, 2011 12:46 PM
naprosen and water
  3143303
July 14, 2011 12:46 PM
Lots and lots of water. Take walks, drink water, or drink a few sips of a soda when you first start getting the symptoms. You can also get with drawls from sugar so make sure if you do soda is like Zero Cal.
  852402
July 14, 2011 12:47 PM
Today is the first time I haven't given up on the headache... I want to stop the caffeine. I upped my water today... but still feeling it. Hopefully it will go away in a day or two... :)
  3143310
July 14, 2011 12:48 PM
Sounds like it could be caffeine withdrawal. Due to health reasons, my husband had to give up caffeine. He went 'cold-turkey' and was pretty sick for about a week. And unfortunately, he didn't JUST have the headaches that wouldn't go away. He thought he had the flu because he was also completely run down and achey. But the doctor said he didn't - that it was just the caffeine withdrawal!
  7971532
July 14, 2011 12:49 PM
drink water and take a pill.
i stopped cold turkey..i work third shift and drank whole pots during the night..i never had headaches when i stopped.
  2228488
July 14, 2011 12:49 PM
QUOTE:

Sounds like it could be caffeine withdrawal. Due to health reasons, my husband had to give up caffeine. He went 'cold-turkey' and was pretty sick for about a week. And unfortunately, he didn't JUST have the headaches that wouldn't go away. He thought he had the flu because he was also completely run down and achey. But the doctor said he didn't - that it was just the caffeine withdrawal!


oh no... that'a a long time... I feel run down today but that can be a combination of being tired and late of caffeine!!!
  3143310
July 14, 2011 12:51 PM
Try eating an apple instead of drinking caffeine. I went off caffeine that way after I graduated college and didn't need the caffeine to stay awake. Hope it works for you.
July 14, 2011 12:53 PM
yep, only ways to get rid of the head ache are to consume the caffine or ride it out for a week. When I was pregnant I managed to avoid it by weaning off of it slowly.
July 14, 2011 12:54 PM
I agree with what everyone has said, LOTS of water and stay strong!

I have an addiction to the caffeine in cola and I was stupid because the beginning of this year I gave it up for over a month and was drinking nothing but water! I felt great. BUT I fell back into the coke habit and now I'm going to have to go through the headaches again!

I know where you are coming from, they are terrible, they make me want to not even move !

Sorry I couldn't suggest a miracle cure but Good Luck! It's possible! Just keep persisting :)
July 14, 2011 1:05 PM
Caffeine is used to help with all forms of headaches, simply because its vasoconstrictive properties are general, and many headaches are caused (or aggravated) by some kind of cerebralvascular vasodilation. Unfortunately, in the immediate post caffeine state, there is inadequate antagonism of the adenosine receptor (you have been beating down adenosine receptors for the entire course of your coffee drinking, and they have compensated by becoming much more active), and the receptors are causing a great deal of increased dilation of blood vessels in the head (and elsewhere). That is simply there job, and we use that property for many of cardiac stress test. I don't know of much you can do about that, and actually, it is counter-intuitive to think that increased fluids would help, as increased blood volume would seem to me to be an aggravating factor? Of course, dehydration can set off barorecptors that lead to vasoconstriction as well (which might help the pain, but is a poor idea in general), personally I would stick to adequate hydration and look to keeping a strict restriction of sodium and increasing potassium (decreased BP would be your best response, I think).
Edited by lovejoydavid On July 14, 2011 1:08 PM
  8226176
July 14, 2011 1:08 PM
question - I used Excedrin to deal with my caffeine headache yesterday - is that just going to keep me addicted to caffeine or is it a small enough amount that it is not comparable to tea and soda?
July 14, 2011 1:09 PM
I found cranberry juice to be helpful
July 14, 2011 1:10 PM
QUOTE:

question - I used Excedrin to deal with my caffeine headache yesterday - is that just going to keep me addicted to caffeine or is it a small enough amount that it is not comparable to tea and soda?


Not all excedrin has caffeine, but if the product did have caffeine in it, look to the dose. If it is much smaller than the assumed dose you were getting from a coffee habit, than you can say that you are titrating yourself off from caffeine. Frankly, that is the smartest way to do it anyway.
  8226176
July 14, 2011 1:13 PM
wean yourself down...1 coke, 1/2 a coke, 1/4 coke etc...and if you fancy coke after that try and get caffeine free...I actually prefer the caffeine free and so do my kids

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