What are the Withdrawal Symptoms From Smoking?
Physiological effects of nicotine usually last four to 10 days, and many symptoms decrease after just three days. Some symptoms will linger and slowly decrease, but most are gone within two to four weeks. Remember, withdrawal symptoms are temporary and a sign your body has started the healing process.
Suggestions to help with withdrawal symptoms:
Headache - Try to wait it out. Take Tylenol to take the edge off the headache.
Shakes - Try to wait them out. They will only last a short time. If they get bad, try some nicotine gum. (Mix a flavored gum with the nicotine gum to help it taste better.)
Cough, dry throat nasal drip - Drink plenty of liquids. Water is best because it flushes your system out and helps thin the mucous in your lungs so you can cough it up.
Dizziness - Change positions slowly or move at a slower, more relaxed pace.
Insomnia - Avoid drinking caffeinated beverages after 6 p.m. Use relaxation techniques or other skills to soothe yourself to get some sleep.
Hunger - Drink water or low-calorie drinks. Avoid caffeinated sodas and high-calorie drinks. Eat low-calorie snacks such as carrots, celery or low-fat, low-calorie cereals.
Fatigue - Take naps or frequent rest periods. Do not overwork to try to forget about smoking. Try some nicotine gum.
Constipation, gas or stomach pain - Drink fluids and eat foods higher in fiber (fruits, vegetables, whole-grain cereals).
Irritability - Take walks and hot baths, exercise and try to stay active. Use relaxation techniques or nicotine replacement therapy.
Difficulty concentrating - Plan your workday to handle the necessary. Avoid extra stress or new tasks for a few weeks until you get used to the habit of being a non-smoker.
Craving for a cigarette - Wait the urge out; it will only last a few minutes. Remember, the urge to smoke will pass whether you smoke or not. Distract yourself or change your activity. Go for a walk or start a fitness program. Start a new hobby or do something you've always wanted to do. Use nicotine replacement therapy.
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