When you stop smoking, your body demands nicotine. In the first few days and weeks after the break, you will probably experience some emotional withdrawals. The emotional withdrawal is easier when you know what to expect.
what is nicotine withdrawal?
Nicotine is an addictive drug in tobacco. When you quit smoking, you may experience nicotine depletion symptoms. These are temporal changes of body and movement. Consider for signs that your body gets better from smoking.
Other common symptoms about pursuing nicotine:
- Encouraging to smoke or cravings
- Unrest or difficulty concentrating
- Difficulties sleeping and sleep disorders
- Anger, anger, worry, crying, sadness or sadness
- Increase in hunger or weight gain
Less common symptoms of nicotine withdrawal:
- Cold symptoms such as coughing, sore throat and sneezing
- Constipation, diarrhea, stomach aches or nausea
- Dizziness or feeling mild-headed
- Ulcers of the mouth
How long will nicotine withdrawal last?
Nicotine symptoms begin a few hours after the last cigarette. They are usually very strong in the first week. For the most part, nicotine withdrawal drops and follows after about 2 to 4 weeks. Chat with a doctor or counselor on Quitline to find out if your withdrawal dose is longer.
How to cope with nicotine withdrawal
How do you take the emotional stretch?
- Quitline can offer you some calls, especially during the first few weeks, to help you stay on track.
- Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products such as gum, mouth spray, patches and paste can reduce withdrawal symptoms.
- Prescribed tablets may also reduce signs of withdrawal.
- Doing exercises that you enjoy can help reduce cravings and get annoyed at recess.
How do patches, gum and other nicotine supplements (NRT) work?
NRT helps by substituting some nicotine that you normally get from a cigarette. You may still get cravings, but NRT products get extreme. The use of NRT can help to reduce symptoms of withdrawal.
If you use NRT products, but still have a strong withdrawal, see how you use them. Spray the mouth with some spray on the throat instead of under the tongue or inside the cheek. Don’t blow into an inhaler like a cigarette, but rather take a small sip. To learn how to use NRT products, visit their respective web pages: patches, gum, oral spray, tablet, and inhaler.
Nicotines imbalances, paste and gum are available in the Drug Benefits Scheme (PBS) at a discounted rate. See your doctor for a prescription.
If you are thinking about NRT, we recommend a combination therapy: using patches plus fast action NRT product, such as oral spray or tablet.
Also, to get the most out of NRT products, try to use them for at least 8 weeks.
Stop smoking prescription tablets
These drugs are designed to reduce the nicotine colony symptoms. Ask your doctor about these drugs.
Hang out there, you can beat the emotional withdrawal
Remind yourself of the good things that happen to your body. Now that you’ve quit smoking, your body has begun to rebuild.
Call Quitline for tips or request a Quitline callback.
Last updated October 2021.
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