The purpose of this webpage is to list the advantages and disadvantages of my using caffeine with the intention that I will hit bottom and get the gift of desperation. I intend to get the perception that the pain of withdrawal is less than the pain of continuing to use caffeine
Advantages of using Caffeine
Benefits of not using Caffeine
Effect on Heart
Coffee and caffeine consumption influence spontaneous conversion of atrial fibrillation. Normotensive non-habitual coffee consumers are more likely to convert arrhythmia within 48 h from the onset of symptoms. Hypertensive patients showed a U-shaped relationship between coffee consumption and spontaneous conversion of AF, moderate coffee consumers were less likely to show spontaneous conversion of arrhythmia. Patients with left ventricular hypertrophy showed a reduced rate of spontaneous conversion of arrhythmia. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0939475309002816
The caffeine in coffee does cause an increase of 2.4 mm Hg in systolic blood pressure when 5 cups are consumed daily (9) (10). That effect is enough to justify counseling high-risk patients to moderate their caffeine intake, but other interventions—eg, smoking cessation, weight loss, exercise, and a healthy diet low in saturated and trans fats—yield larger benefits and should come first.
Atrial Flutter with aberrant conduction in a patient taking amphetamine salts and caffeine
In summary, this case demonstrates that therapy with stimulants for the treatment of ADHD, in combination with other cardioactive substances, can precipitate serious cardiac rhythm abnormalities in patients who may have underlying conduction disturbances. It also demonstrates that atrial flutter must be considered in a
tachyarrhythmia when the rate is 300
Reducing the pain of stopping
Caffeine Withdrawal DSM5 292 is an article about caffeine withdrawal. Amongst other things it says..
“If an individual plans to reduce or cease caffeine intake before symptoms of caffeine withdrawal begin, withdrawal symptoms can be avoided. The most effective method of avoiding caffeine withdrawal is to reduce caffeine consumption slowly. This can be done by replacing caffeinated food or drinks with other foods or drinks. If done slowly, the individual’s body will adjust to the new levels of caffeine consumption without uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms'”
Personally, we use a couple of Acetemophine tabs and a couple of hairs of the dog that bit us.
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