Quit Smoking Today: 5 Ways to Reduce Symptoms of Withdrawal

by Dr Antonio Howell, MD

in quit smoking

The 3 Week Diet

Like cocaine and heroin, tobacco is very addictive. And once you get hooked, it’s hard to quit. Quitting smoking is not something you do overnight or something that is pleasurable. It often involves troublesome symptoms which include headache, depression, dizziness, insomnia, and irritability. These symptoms would usually last all throughout the treatment and normally reach their peak during the first weeks of withdrawal. But you can avoid these symptoms by following these simple tips:


Pick a date and create your quit smoking plan. Decide which quit smoking method to use. It is best to begin your therapy one week before your start date. Two of the most common methods are NRT which includes nicotine patches, gums, and lozenges; and the prescription medications such as Chantix. It is highly advised to consult your doctor before using any of the prescription NRT treatments.


Consider natural remedies to help lessen your withdrawal symptoms. Some of the common herbal supplements known to help lessen the withdrawal symptoms of smoking include lobelia, ginseng, avena sativa, and gotu kola.


Some smokers find alternative treatments like acupuncture, hypnotherapy, and behavioral therapy to be helpful in relieving the physical and mental withdrawal symptoms of smoking.

Find a support group. You need to understand that NRT, prescription medications and herbal remedies only address the physical symptoms. The psychological aspects of quitting smoking are as troublesome as the other symptoms. To achieve better chance of success, it is advised that you try combining different types of treatments to deal with both the mental and physical aspects of the withdrawal symptoms. Communicating and interacting with people who are in the same shoes as you are, can help yield a stronger will power and keep your thoughts away from the withdrawal symptoms. Find your support group. You can surf online or you can check local quit smoking organizations that can help you. You can also tell your friends not to smoke in your presence, and try to get rid of anything that can tempt you to smoke. This includes getting rid of your lighter and cigarette packs.

Avoid coffee and alcohol; drink plenty of water or juice instead. Alcohol and coffee triggers your desire to smoke. Drinking water and juice on the other hand helps you lessen the urge to smoke. It is also helpful if you can find other ways to relax and relieve stress such as taking yoga lessons or enrolling in a gym. You can also do gardening to keep yourself from lighting up.

Keep you hand and mouth busy on something. Cut the urge to smoke by keeping oral substitutes handy. Chewing gum, cinnamon sticks, and candies can pretty keep you distracted when the urge to smoke kicks up.

Important Note:

Before you take any of the over-the-counter quit smoking aids, or herbal supplements, it is best that you consult a health professional first. There are herbal remedies and over-the-counter drugs that may have contradicting effects.


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