The Highs and Lows of Caffeine
Can You Be Addicted to Caffeine?
- Withdrawal symptoms, such as headache, fatigue, and depression
- Caffeine consumption despite causing physical or psychological problems or making them worse
- Unsuccessful attempts to cut back or control caffeine intake
- Tolerance to caffeine—not getting the desired effect with typical consumption or the need to drink more to get the desired effect
Is It a Habit Worth Breaking?
Who Should Keep Caffeine in Check?
Are You Contemplating Quitting?
A Special Note for Smokers
Caffeine in Common Products
|Beverages, Food, and Over-the-Counter Medicine||
|Coffee (12 oz cup), instant||148|
|Starbucks brewed coffee (grande—16 oz)||330|
|Dunkin’ Donuts coffee (medium—14 oz)||178|
|Starbucks Latte (grande—16 oz, 2 shots of espresso)||150|
|Starbucks Espresso, solo (1 oz)||75|
|Decaffeinated coffee (8 oz cup), brewed or instant||3-12|
|Tea (8 oz cup), brewed, black, steeped for 3 minutes||30-80|
|Instant iced tea (8 oz glass)||10-50|
|Starbucks Tazo Chai Tea Latte (grande—16 oz)||95|
|Snapple Lemon Tea (16 oz)||42|
|Arizona Iced Tea (20 oz)||38|
|Soft Drinks (12 oz)|
|Monster Energy (16 oz)||160|
|5-hour Energy (1.9 oz)||200|
|Rockstar (16 oz)||160|
|Red Bull (8.3 oz)||80|
|SoBe Power Fruit Punch (20 oz)||77|
|AMP Energy Boost Original (16 oz)||142|
|Starbucks hot chocolate (grande—16 oz cup)||25|
|Hershey's chocolate lowfat milk (12 oz bottle)||2|
|Hershey's Chocolate Bar (1.6 oz)||9|
|Hershey's Special Dark Bar (1.5 oz)||18|
|Hershey's Kisses (9 pieces)||9|
|Anacin (2 tablets)||64|
|Excedrin Migraine (2 tablets)||130|
|No-Doz, Vivarin (1 caplet)||200|
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 02/2015 -
- Update Date: 02/03/2015 -
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