caffeinism


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caffeinism

 [kaf´ēn-izm]
1. physical dependence on caffeine.
2. a disorder associated with excessive intake of caffeine, defined as the presence of five or more of the following symptoms: restlessness, nervousness, excitement, insomnia, flushed face, diuresis, gastrointestinal disturbance, muscle twitching, rambling flow of thought and speech, tachycardia or cardiac arrhythmia, and periods of inexhaustibility. Called also caffeine intoxication.

caf·fein·ism

(kaf'ēn-izm),
Caffeine intoxication characterized by restlessness, tremulousness, nervousness, excitement, insomnia, flushed face, diuresis, and gastrointestinal complaints, brought on by the ingestion of an excess of substances containing caffeine.

caffeinism

/caf·fein·ism/ (kaf´ēn-izm) a morbid condition resulting from ingestion of excessive amounts of caffeine; characteristics include insomnia, restlessness, excitement, tachycardia, tremors, and diuresis.

caffeinism

(kă-fē′nĭz′əm, kăf′ē-, kăf′ē-ə-)
n.
A toxic condition marked by diarrhea, elevated blood pressure, rapid breathing, heart palpitations, and insomnia, caused by excessive ingestion of coffee and other caffeine-containing substances.

caffeinism

A condition that occurs in some people who are especially sensitive to caffeine, theophylline and tannin, which act as stimulants by inhibiting xanthine oxidase, an enzyme which generates reactive oxygen species and catalyses the oxidation of hypoxanthine to xanthine.

At-risk drinks
Tea, coffee, chocolate, cola, lager, red wine.

caf·fein·ism

(kaf'ēn-izm)
Caffeine intoxication characterized by restlessness, tremulousness, excitement, tachycardia, dysrhythmia, insomnia, flushed face, diuresis, and gastrointestinal complaints, brought on by the ingestion of substances containing caffeine.

caf·fein·ism

(kaf'ēn-izm)
Caffeine intoxication characterized by tremulousness, nervousness, and other disorders; due to ingestion of excess of substances containing caffeine.

caffeinism

an agitated state induced by excessive ingestion of caffeine.

Patient discussion about caffeinism

Q. Am I addicted to caffeine? I love coffee! I can't start my day without it. I drink about 5 cups a day. How do I know if I am addicted?

A. When your body starts shaking, your heartbeat flutters, you feel lightheaded, you want to mow the lawn at 1 a.m., they are symptons I've had of a caffeine overdose. Drink lots of water and hydrating drinks! Stay away from Mountain Dew!!!!

Q. What is safer than caffeine but works just as well?

A. :? i fail to see what is so wrong with caffeine. as long as you don't over use it - it's fine. but if you insist of giving it up:
eat a light breakfast, orange juice.
at noon when you get tired- take a nap (less than 30 min. more than 15) after 2 weeks you won't understand how you lived without it.
exercise regularly, walk 40 min a day , 5 days a week.
that should do it.

Q. Whats the harm in drinking coffee? I drink coffee all day long and love it! My friends say I'm addicted and should cut back. But what is the harm in drinking coffee?

A. drinking coffee doesn't cause any significant damage, the only thing I can think of, is that when it is too much, coffe relax your exofagus esfinter, and stomach content could come out causing heartburn.

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The symptoms of caffeinism can include feelings of anxiety and nervousness, sleep disruption (especially difficult getting off to sleep), restlessness, irritability, diuresis (passing lots of water/urine), stomach complaints, tremulousness, palpitations and arrythmias (changed heart rate, especially faster beating).
Caffeinism is caused by toxic levels of caffeine with symptoms that include: nausea, diarrhea, indigestion, irregular heartbeat, irregular respiration (breathing), light-headedness, jitteriness, and frequent urination.
Senior's lawyer Charles Gabb told the court martial: "He had a medical problem known as caffeinism.