Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Caffeine Overdose Treatment

Mild caffeine overdose does not usually require special treatment. A serious overdose requires hospitalization and treatment with activated charcoal, which absorbs the caffeine in the intestine. Benzodiazepine medications are required to treat severe anxiety, as well as seizures caused by a caffeine overdose. Additional medications may be needed to control the heart rate or treat an abnormal heart rhythm. Those who do not respond to initial treatment may require medication to support the blood pressure and kidney dialysis, in order to remove the caffeine from the bloodstream.

Treatment for caffeine overdose may include:

Caffeine Overdose Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat caffeine overdose:

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Last Updated: May 23, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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