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What is Caffeine Intoxication?

A diagnosis of “caffeine intoxication” applies when a person has consumed a high dose of caffeine (typically in excess of 250 mg) with five or more of the following symptoms:

  • Restlessness
  • Nervousness
  • Excitement
  • Insomnia
  • Flushed face
  • Diuresis
  • Gastrointestinal disturbance
  • Muscle twitching
  • Rambling flow of thought and speech
  • Rapid heartbeat or cardia arrhythmia
  • Periods of inexhaustibility
  • Psychomotor agitation

The symptoms cause significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning. The symptoms are not attributable to another medical condition or mental disorder, including intoxication with another substance.

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Mental Health Library Sources:

Information included in all topics of the Mental Health Library comes from the Desk Reference to the Diagnostic Criteria From DSM-5 and Kaplan & Sadock’s Concise Textbook of Clinical Psychiatry. Complete diagnostic and treatment information may be found within these publications.

Disclaimer:

Information within the Mental Health Library is not intended to be used for self-diagnosis purposes. Rather, it is provided as a public educational service to make people aware of mental health conditions. Please consult a qualified mental health professional for a diagnosis of any suspected mental health illness.

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