Many people notice a link between caffeine and vertigo. For some people, caffeine can be a vertigo trigger. Other people may feel that caffeine is a relieving factor. This blog discusses some links between caffeine and vertigo.

Aggravating Factors for Dizziness or Vertigo

Caffeine can sometimes be an aggravating factor for certain conditions that cause vertigo. I will share four specific examples. For people with true Meniere’s disease, caffeine can trigger a vertigo attack.

People who are diagnosed with Meniere’s disease usually cut down on salt and caffeine to reduce attacks. For some people with vestibular migraines, caffeine can be a migraine trigger.

So these episodes may be linked to people with diagnoses like Meniere’s disease and vestibular migraines. If someone has anxiety-related dizziness, caffeine can heighten anxiety and worsen baseline dizziness.

Caffeine is also a diuretic, so it can cause dehydration. In turn, dehydration can cause dizziness or even precede vertigo. So caffeine and dizziness may be linked for people with anxiety-related dizziness or dehydration.

If you think that caffeine is making your dizziness or vertigo worse, then caffeine may be an aggravating factor for you.

Relieving Factors for Dizziness or Vertigo

For other types of migraines, caffeine may provide relief from a headache. For some migraine patients, caffeine can even stop a migraine attack in advance. So caffeine can both trigger and relieve a migraine, depending on the patient.

You are Unique

Whether your body has a connection between caffeine and vertigo depends on your unique vertigo triggers. It may have absolutely no connection at all for some patients who suffer.

You can discuss your situation with your doctor or a nutritionist to decide how much caffeine is appropriate for you to consume on a daily basis, if any.

For more information on the link between the gut and vertigo, click here.

For an article on the link between reflux and vertigo, click here.


This blog is provided for informational purposes only. The content and any comments by Dr. Kim Bell, DPT are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. The details of any case mentioned in this post represent a typical patient that Dr. Bell might see and do not describe the circumstances of a specific individual.

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