Caffeine is one of the most used stimulants in North America. It is cheap and easily obtained. When the consumption of caffeine is stopped abruptly, the withdrawal symptoms can be severe
Caffeine has been used by humans since the Stone Age. Legend says that caffeine use began when some tea leaves accidentally fell into boiling water.
According to a review of research at Johns Hopkins University, up to 90 percent of adults consume caffeine daily. Withdrawal symptoms can occur within 12 to 24 hours after administration. Even small amounts of caffeine use will cause withdrawal symptoms.
Withdrawal symptoms can be severe, with some individuals feeling like they have the flu, including nausea and muscle pain. Other symptoms include fatigue, headaches and irritability.
To avoid most of the withdrawal symptoms, you need to cut caffeine use very slowly. Start by trying to cut the use of only half a cup a day.
Extreme doses of caffeine can be dangerous. Ten grams or more of caffeine can lead to seizures and respiratory failure that can lead to death.