Decreasing Your Caffeine Intake
- If you are pregnant or nursing—During pregnancy, you may be more sensitive to caffeine. Also, caffeine can pass through the placenta and breast milk to your baby.
- If you have a specific medical problem such as high blood pressure, other risk factors for heart attack, gastritis, or ulcers, talk to your doctor about how caffeine affects you in order to determine if you need to cut back.
|Common Sources of Caffeine||Serving Size||Average Caffeine Content (mg)|
|NoDoz (maximum strength)||1 tablet||200|
|Excedrin (extra strength)||2 tablets||130|
|Coffee, brewed||16 ounces||133|
|Espresso coffee||2 ounces||150|
|Coffee, instant||8 ounces||148|
|Arizona Iced Tea, black||16 ounces||30|
|Black tea||8 ounces||30-80|
|Mountain Dew||12 ounces||54|
|Dr. Pepper, regular or diet||12 ounces||41|
|7-UP or Diet 7-UP||12 ounces||0|
|Jolt Energy Drink||23.5 ounces||280|
|5-hour Energy||1.9 ounces||208|
|Monster Energy||16 ounces||160|
|Red Bull||8.4 ounces||80|
|Hershey's Special Dark||1.5 ounce||20|
|Hershey's chocolate bar||1.6 ounces||9|
|Hot cocoa||1 tbs.||8|
Cut Back Gradually
- Mix half regular and half decaffeinated coffee
- Drink instant coffee, which has less caffeine than regular coffee
- Brew tea for a shorter time—a 1-minute brew contains about half of the caffeine that a 3-minute brew contains
- Drink decaffeinated coffee or tea, which has almost no caffeine.
- Drink herbal tea, which naturally has no caffeine.
- Replace coffee, tea, and soda with water or juice.
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 03/2014 -
- Update Date: 03/13/2014 -
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