What are the caffeine intake recommendations for the treatment of hypercalciuria?

Updated: Apr 23, 2019
  • Author: Stephen W Leslie, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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Caffeine has been shown to increase urinary calcium excretion, but the clinical importance is relatively small unless very large amounts of caffeine are ingested. Ingestion of 34 ounces of caffeine is necessary to cause the loss of 1.6 mmol of total calcium. This caffeine-induced hypercalciuria seems to parallel changes in urinary prostaglandin F2-alpha (PGF2-alpha), which suggests that prostaglandins may play a role in hypercalciuria.


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