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Just curious how much caffeine everyone has daily. I'm working through a bipolar workbook and it suggests limiting caffeine to 250mg per day. That's a little more than two 8oz cups of coffee (95mg each).

I've recently started drinking two cups of coffee in the morning. I was a one cup a day person, but my meds left me feeling so sluggish that I tried using a second cup to counteract the effects. I feel like a human chemistry set lately. I am finding my body is hypersensitive to the meds and substances like caffeine.
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If I wake up feeling pretty level, I can get away with having 2 10oz cups of java. But if I feel anxiety or mania kicking in, then it's usually just one I stick to (or sometimes none). In the past, though, I've been known to have 3-4 but my doc seriously wants me to cut down. If I do have a third, it's no later than 2-3pm, and that's only if my meds keep me feeling sedated or sluggish. which they have been known to do. I would listen to your body, though, and if you get regulated to the meds and can get away with one cup, then go for it! good luck!
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I know I drink more caffeine than I should, but I could be worse. I drink about one 8-oz cup of American style coffee in the morning (sometimes maybe one and half), then maybe a tall glass of iced tea or Coke Zero and/or an espresso in the afternoon. Then maybe another 2-oz espresso after dinner. So, usually three to four servings per day. When I took Lithium, I drank a bit less. Usually I'm fine, I guess, but sometimes my heart can race a little or I feel caffeine-style would up. If it's notable, I stop drinking caffeine for the day and occasionally take an Ativan. With my Seroquel, an evening espresso doesn't really keep me up.
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1.5 cups in the morning. An espresso at about 11:00. Depending on whether or not somebody in the office is going to Starbucks, maybe 12oz in the afternoon. Then a large cup of tea when I get home from work.
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I usually drink 6-8 cups of coffee a day and an occasional energy drink or two...
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I gave up caffeine totally in 2007 when I realized I was using it to make myself manic. Some people mess with their meds and I didn't do that but I was being just as destructive with the caffeine so it stopped.
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I usually drink 6-8 cups of coffee a day and an occasional energy drink or two...


Same here, 7-8 cups a day. I have had to cut way back due to having panic attacks though. It used to never bother me but lately it has
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I've had to cut back on caffeine for GI reasons, but I find having less does decrease my anxiety and agitation. I also have migraines if I have a lot of caffeine and then stop. I'm about to migrate from having hot chocolate to decaf tea, so that'll be fun.
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I usually drink one big mug of black tea in the morning and go for herbal tea in the afternoon but if Iím feeling sluggish Iíll have another black tea
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I usually drink one big mug of black tea in the morning and go for herbal tea in the afternoon but if Iím feeling sluggish Iíll have another black tea
does the black tea have caffeine? I don't usually drink tea in the morning, only at night and it's decaf. tea in the am sounds like a good idea.
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