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I've been drinking Diet Coke for a long time now and everytime I try to quit (which I'd love to do) I get severe migranes. Thinking it was the lack of caffiene I tried to substitute with coffee, tea, etc. but nothing seemed to ease the headache except Diet Coke. Anyone else with this problem?

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I'm assuming it's what they put in it to substitute the sugar.

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    When I "weaned" (I had migraines from too much caffeine and quitting cold turkey gave me "withdrawal" headaches) myself off caffeinated soft drinks here's what worked for me: start taking off at the end of the day and back yourself up until you've elimintated it. - by TAMMIEANN717
  • Drink lots of water. It will help flush your system. I used to be a diet pepsi addict. Now I drink water, water, water, and an occasional diet pepsi or diet dr. pepper. Still have to have my coffee in the morning, but not near as much as I used to drink. It can be done and you can do it! Keep trying, you will feel much better. - by DASEEMAN
  • Yep - know the feeling. I tried substituting Diet Coke with other sodas that I didn't like as much thinking I would gradually delete all of it - I just got irritated at drinking yukky sodas. Then I switched over to flavored seltzer waters - weird but it worked...
    I'll have a Diet Coke every now and then, but mostly I like picking out all the flavors and since it's water based I give myself one 'atta girl point' for drinking more water.
    emoticon - by LIZ-GS
  • Do it gradually by cutting back 10% a week to avoid the severe symptoms. Once you're off, you'll be surprised how much better you'll feel. For a long time, I have only been drinking purified water - except for a few occasions when it's a "treat" to drink anything else. emoticon - by SHEILA2006ESL
  • I kicked a Pepsi habit a long time ago. I had full blow withdrawl, sweating, shaking, horrible headaches, irritability. The only thing I found that would help was to open a can of soda and sip on it slowly until the symptoms resolved - and then THROW THE REST AWAY

    I just recently kicked a Dr Pepper habit (it was one of my goals). I got really sick with a sinus infection and so I just added the withdrawl headache to everything else and went cold turkey.

    You will find a way! - by BESTMEPOSSIBLE
  • I can't seem to get into diet coke - by CARLARCO
  • I had that, too. I had to gradually cut back on the Coke. I found that other caffeinated drinks were not helpful (although I realized that what I was substituting with may not have had as much caffeine in them) Sometimes I would use otc migraine meds to get rid of the headaches- it worked (but that has caffeine in it too!) - by STIMPYKINS
  • I've been addicted to Diet Coke since high school! I also get the headaches when I try to quit cold~turkey. I've tried cutting back (in fact, it's one of my "Other Goals" on SP) and that will sometimes allow me to get to one a day, then eventually to do away w/ them. I always seem to come back to them, though! - by JAG-GIRL

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