Podcast #189: Caffeine

Author:  Donald Stader M.D.

Educational Pearls:

  • Coffee originates from Ethiopia. Its “active ingredient” is caffeine
  • Caffeine is a xanthine alkaloid used in medicine to control headache and as a neonatal stimulant
  • Studies have shown that coffee may increase lifespan
  • Overdose can be encountered in those using diet pills or concentrated caffeine pills and is treated with dialysis

References: Juliano, LM et al. “A critical review of caffeine withdrawal: empirical validation of symptoms and signs, incidence, severity, and associated features.” Psychopharmacology, 2004. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=15448977

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