(Closed) Caffeine Headaches, how do you deal?

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Excedrine has caffeine in it, that might help.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Yup Excedrine is the only thing in a pill-form that helps.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee

Whenever I’ve cut caffeine out, it has taken about 2-3 days for the headaches to go away. I just take a non-caffeine pain reliever and it’s helped a little. But you really just need to wait it out. 

But for you, since you’re not cutting out caffeine, I’d try excedrin. 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Excedrine or just fight through it a bit longer. Once the body’s adjusted to no caffeine, you won’t have them. I went off of caffeine officially last weekend. I’m in the TWW, so no caffeine right now. I noticed some headaches, but after I got over them, I’ve been fine. I’m hoping that drinking peppermint tea will convince my brain that it’s getting the caffeine/tea feeling that it’s used to when it’s definitely not.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

DON’T DO EXCEDRIN! It will give you rebound headaches once you stop taking it, especially if you take it everyday or something. I used it for my migraines and as soon as I stopped, I was getting rebound headaches.

A quick google search led me to this: http://www.webmd.com/migraines-headaches/guide/rebound-headaches

ETA: I just read the part about how it’s due to caffienated soda..then you could try excedrin, but it would just be “masking” the pain. Like PPs said, if you’re not cutting out caffeine, it would help.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Honestly, I weened myself off of caffiene by drinking green tea, and then to white tea. I have black tea now, because for some reason I’ve been really sleepy the last month or so, but that’s what worked for me!

I used to be a 3 cup of coffee per day girl, so I am proof that it works 🙂

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

@napabridekelsey: I switched to tea when I decided to no longer drink coffee. Green and white teas are good introduction teas. I see black tea as similar to black coffee. I drink those occasionally. Not as much as I used to, but still love them.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I’ve heard that eating dark chocolate helps with caffeine headaches.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@brox:  Some teas have more caffeine than your typical cup of coffee!

Post # 12
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I would just drink lots of water to flush your system out, I dont think more caffeine is the answer

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

simple answer? I drink more coffee. Every time I have tried to quit coffee, I am crippled by huge caffeine headaches, exedrin has helped a little, but they don’t completely go away for me, I’ve made it as long as two weeks, but the headaches kept coming, so I gave up.

Not helpful, I know! But the suggestions for tea are good!

Post # 14
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Honey Beekeeper

Caffeine is tough because it’s addictive like any other kind of “drug.” So we do actually go through withdrawal when we don’t have it. How you treat it, then, depends on whether you’re going to continue to consume small amounts of caffeine or not. For someone who is cutting out soda completely, then obviously treating the headache with soda isn’t the best course of action. I’d stick with pain relievers and rest when you can. The good thing is that it definitely won’t last forever, and once you get through the rough patch, you won’t keep dealing with that. Good luck!

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@Mrs.Estep  How long has it been since you’ve had caffeine?  From what I’ve experienced and read, days 2 and 3 are by far the worst. If your close to that, just stick with it, the worst will be over soon.  If your still on day 1, than try allowing yourself 1 glass per day for the next week, cutting back will reduce the withdrawal symptoms when you drop it all together next week.

Every few months I find myself overdoing it and drinking coffee and diet coke all day.  Than I decide to give it up, I’ll suffer thru the withdrawal symptoms for the first couple days and make it to 2 weeks and be feeling great. Unfortunately, I’ll usually get sucked back in by the smell of my favorite coffee, at least by that time my tolerance has dropped so I’m just drinking 1 mug in the morning.

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