Caffeinated beverages and decreased seizure control

Kenneth R. Kaufman, Rajesh C. Sachdeo

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Seizure control is often affected by seizure threshold lowering behaviours. In this case report, the authors address excessive caffeine ingestion from tea with increased seizure frequency. When decaffeinated beverages were substituted for the tea, seizure frequency returned to baseline. Similar findings occurred when the patient was re-challenged. The authors recommend avoidance of excessive caffeine in patients with epilepsy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)519-521
Number of pages3
Issue number7
StatePublished - Oct 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology


  • Caffeine
  • Epilepsy
  • Methylxanthines
  • Seizure threshold
  • Tea
  • Theobromine


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