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Nicotine Withdrawal

Overview

Nicotine is a substance that is commonly found in tobacco. When a person gives up smoking, his body has to learn living without nicotine. This situation is known as nicotine withdrawal. Quitting smoking is not an easy task. A large number of U.S. people want to quit it but find its difficult


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Causes

Nicotine contains chemical nicotine which is addictive in nature. It can be taken in various forms ranging from chewing, smoking or sniffing


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Signs & Symptoms

When a person’s body becomes habitual of taking nicotine, sudden withdrawal of it causes many effects (both negative as well as positive) on various body functions. The symptoms of withdrawal from nicotine usually start after 2-3 hours from the last intake of tobacco. The symptoms vary from severe to mild depending upon for how long you are smoking and how many cigarettes you were smoking on a daily basis. The common symptoms are:

  • Difficulty in concentration
  • Depression
  • Intense craving for nicotine
  • Tension, restlessness, anxiety, impatience
  • Headaches
  • Increased appetite, weight gain
  • Difficulty in sleeping
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Prevention

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Treatments
Withdrawal Therapy Modern Medicine

Nicotine withdrawal is generally treated with combination of several strategies. Nicotine supplements are given to patients. They come in various forms such as skin patch, inhalers, nasal spray and gum. Health experts recommend smoking cessation medications like varenicline, bupropion, etc.

Quitting smoking alone becomes much more difficult. It is due to the reason patients are advised to join smoking cessation programs offered by health departments, hospitals, etc. When a person joins these kinds of programs, he becomes motivated to give up smoking by seeing the progress of other people. Last but not the least, will power of a person plays significant role in quitting the habit of intake of nicotine.

 

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