8 Common Symptoms of Nicotine Withdrawal

Nicotine withdrawal can trigger a whole host of physical and psychological symptoms that leaves ex-smokers feeling both physically ill and mentally stressed and anxious.

While most people will experience some discomfort commonly associated with nicotine withdrawal, there are steps that can be taken to minimize them. Use the tips below to help you know what to expect as you move through this phase of smoking cessation, and read the selected personal stories to see how others have managed as well.

Remember: nicotine withdrawal is a temporary condition. Better days are ahead.

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The Urge to Smoke

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Prepare for the inevitable urges to smoke that happen early on for all ex-smokers and you'll find you can successfully manage this intense (but temporary) phase of recovery from nicotine addiction.

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The Urge to Snack

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Perhaps one of the most common symptoms of nicotine withdrawal, the urge to eat is due, in part, to chemical changes taking place in the body, along with a psychological need to replace the hand-to-mouth action of smoking.

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Sleep Disturbances

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From insomnia to feelings of lethargy that leave you wanting to spend the whole day in bed, quitting tobacco can throw your normal sleep pattern out of whack.

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Cough

It can be alarming to develop a cough after you stop smoking, but it is not uncommon. Take a look at why this happens and how to evaluate whether the cough might be more serious than a symptom of nicotine withdrawal.

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Stress

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While smoking cessation will eventually allow you to reduce the stress in your life considerably, initially it increases stress. Learn what you can do to minimize the effects of cessation-related stress while you're going through nicotine withdrawal.

More Reading:  10 Tips to Manage Stress When You Quit Smoking

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Constipation

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A common, but not often discussed side effect of smoking cessation involves our digestive system. Use the tips in this article to help you manage this uncomfortable symptom of nicotine withdrawal.

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Junkie Thinking

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Junkie thinking is that inner voice that tells us it's alright to smoke just one cigarette or just for tonight. While it is difficult to manage, junkie thinking is a phase that will pass with time, as long as you don't smoke.

More Reading:  Common Rationalizations for Smoking

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Dizziness

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Some new ex-smokers feel lightheaded/dizzy when they quit smoking. Learn why this happens and what you can do if you experience this symptom of nicotine withdrawal.

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