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 (eg, 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||8 ounces||133|
|Espresso coffee||2 ounces||150|
|Coffee, instant||8 ounces||93|
|Arizona Iced Tea, black||16 ounces||32|
|Tea, leaf or bag||8 ounces||53|
|Mountain Dew||12 ounces||71|
|Dr. Pepper, regular or diet||12 ounces||42|
|7-UP or Diet 7-UP||12 ounces||0|
|Hershey's Special Dark||1.45 ounce||31|
|Hershey's chocolate bar||1.55 ounces||9|
|Hot cocoa||8 ounces||9|
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: Brian Randall, MD
- Review Date: 06/2012 -
- Update Date: 06/02/2012 -