Caffeine Dependence

Caffeine is a commonplace central nervous system stimulant drug which occurs in nature as part of the coffee, tea, yerba mate, cocoa and other plants. It is also an additive in many consumer products, most notably beverages advertised as energy drinks and colas.


Cluster Number:
Wiki Number: W031
Diagnosis: Caffeine Dependence
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Brain Area: Use increases dopamine and norepinephrine
Symptoms: Stimulates reward system, but not enough to hijack it like cocaine.
Progression: Stimulating adnosine receptors induces tiredness & need to sleep;
Causes: Effects of coffee lessen and tolerance increases because the body makes more adenosine receptors.
Medications: None listed.
Therapies: Reduction in coffee to decaffinated coffee or teas. Reduce children’s soft-drink consumption.


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