Several clinical trials have implicated caffeine as a possible trigger or aggravating factor to migraine/headaches in certain people. it therefore makes sense to reduce, or ideally completely remove, caffeine from your diet for a trial period to see if it makes any difference to the frequency of your headaches/migraine. Sadly this means more than just giving up coffee as caffeine is found in many drinks, several Foods and some medications.
- Many Colas and fizzy drinks.
- Most `Energy` drinks and some `Sports` drinks.
- Coffee and Chocolate flavoured drinks (including liqueurs)
- Foods containing Coffee/Chocolate/Cocoa products or flavourings.
- Some ice creams.
- Many over-the-counter medications contain caffeine (including some painkillers). Always check the label and ask the pharmacist about caffeine free alternatives.
- Several prescription drugs contain caffeine, however do not stop taking these without consulting your doctor first.
- It is worth noting that even some so-called caffeine free coffee/tea still contain some caffeine.
- As well as checking labels, there are several websites listing caffeine content of various foods/drinks.
- You should also be prepared for a possible short term worsening of your headaches and/or migraines when you first give up caffeine. This usually passes after a few weeks