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Caffeine against POTS?

Discussion in 'Problems Standing: Orthostatic Intolerance; POTS' started by Tony Mach, Jul 15, 2011.

  1. Tony Mach

    Tony Mach Show me the evidence.

    Upper Palatinate, Bavaria
    Just wanted to ask if anybody has made any experience regarding caffeine and POTS.
  2. Sallysblooms

    Sallysblooms P.O.T.S. now SO MUCH BETTER!

    Southern USA
    I have no problems at all. Some get palps with it. Many feel better though. We are all different.
  3. xchocoholic

    xchocoholic Senior Member

    Here's what caffeine does to our bodies ... I only copied in a small portion of this article but the rest is fascinating. IMHO this is a must read for us ... I'm not sure if this article states that caffeine also causes cells to drop calcium but if you google caffeine calcium you'll find it.

    I had to stop all caffeine in order to stop feeling jazzed up and crashing all day. It really didn't make me any more productive anyways. I just felt like it did while I was under the influence.

    hth ... x
  4. Cindi

    Cindi Senior Member

    Helps me in short term but than causes exhaustion.
  5. dannybex

    dannybex Senior Member

    Hey Tony,

    Don't know if he'll see this, so I thought I'd mention that I think Joey finds it helpful.

    (mojoey that is...)

  6. Mollie


    A cup of coffee actually seems helps me, but I know it's probably not good for my body in other respects. A pint of water is my only sure fire way of helping my POTS in the short-term as it seems to slow the heart down.... I have no idea why.
  7. FunkOdyssey

    FunkOdyssey Senior Member

    Caffeine seems to increase pooling of fluids in my extremities, which is weird since it should be vasoconstricting and a diuretic (should have the opposite effect). So, I'd have to say its decidedly negative for POTS in my n=1 experience.
  8. glenp

    glenp "and this too shall pass"

    Vancouver Canada suburbs
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    Caffeine is primarily metabolized by the liver enzyme cytochrome P450 1A2 (CYP1A2). The form of the SNP rs762551 a person has determines how fast CYP1A2 metabolizes caffeine. In this study, people with the slower version of the CYP1A2 enzyme who also drank at least two to three cups of coffee per day had a significantly increased risk of a non-fatal heart attack. The study found that fast metabolizers, on the other hand, may have actually reduced their heart attack risk by drinking coffee.
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  9. glenp

    glenp "and this too shall pass"

    Vancouver Canada suburbs
    Caffeine seems to help me - I only have it in coffee and tea though so is a minimal amount.

  10. sleepy237

    sleepy237 Senior Member

    Same for me it helps. And it can stop a migraine in the process. Never had caffeine much last couple days. Got migraine today. Got a coffee now = migraine diminishing i guess vasoconstriction.
  11. taniaaust1

    taniaaust1 Senior Member

    Sth Australia
    I had a strong coffee and it made me collapse and I then couldnt walk due to POTS... so now im certain coffee has a negative impact as far as my POTS goes.

    Ive read thou that caffiene thou helps some POTS people but others it has a negative effect on.
  12. Wonko

    Wonko Senior Member

    The other side.
    I have periods when even half a cup of coffee will make me fall asleep - Unfortunately it's not predictable
  13. Sparrow

    Sparrow Senior Member

    Took me a few times of having a coffee and being totally wiped out and much worse for a week to make the connection, but I'm pretty confident now that for some reason the caffeine triggers a major worsening of things for me. I figured probably something to do with the water loss. I've always been sensitive to caffeine and its diuretic effects. Probably just matters more now that I don't have much extra to lose.

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