Since the caffeine-related disorder is not recognized as a diagnosable condition, there is no standardized treatment. It is on the list of substance-related disorders that require more investigation because progressive caffeine overuse that results in dependency could lead to negative physical, psychological, and social consequences.
The recommended treatment for caffeine addiction is to gradually reduce the consumption of caffeine over time. Stopping all caffeine use abruptly is more likely to produce withdrawal symptoms. Analgesics, such as aspirin, almost always can control the headaches and muscle aches that may accompany withdrawal.
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