Why do you recommend folks with CFS avoid caffeine?

Published: July 9, 2013

Why do NO DOZE , JET-ALERT and STAY AWAKE Pills which each contain 200MG of Caffeine give me a lift and help me function when in your book FROM FATIGUE TO FANTASTIC you recommend that we avoid coffee and other products which contain caffeine ?? Without these pills my brain fog and energy level's are so bad it is hard to function at all . Some days it doesn't help much , but on most days these pills help me function to get through the day?? I have been suffering from CFS for at least 5 years and it has become debilitating for about the last year ! I think I have Fibromyalgia also as I have a lot of joint and muscle pain. I am a 79 year old white male. Thank you for your help.


This is another good example of how everyone is different. I don't recommend that people with CFS avoid all caffeine, but simply not to overdo it, as it can aggravate the symptoms of low blood sugar associated with decreased adrenal function. I am okay with people having 1 to 2 cups of coffee a day, for example. If you find overall that you feel much better taking the higher amounts of caffeine, it may be something your body needs while treating the underlying causes of the fatigue. So at the end of the day, it is important for people to check and see what leaves them feeling best, as each of us is different.

Dr. T

Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

is one of the world's leading integrative medical authorities on fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. He is the lead author of eight research studies on their effective treatments, and has published numerous health & wellness books, including the bestseller on fibromyalgia From Fatigued to Fantastic! and The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution. His newest book (June 10, 2024) is You Can Heal From Long COVID. Dr. Teitelbaum is one of the most frequently quoted fibromyalgia experts in the world and appears often as a guest on news and talk shows nationwide including Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, Oprah & Friends, CNN, and Fox News Health.

e-mail icon
Facebook icon
Twitter icon
Google icon
LinkedIn icon