Top Withdrawal 10 Symptoms and How to Cope with Them

by Dr Antonio Howell, MD

in quit smoking

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Nicotine is a highly addictive substance. Everyone who quits smoking is expected to experience a number of withdrawal symptoms, depending on the level of their addiction. Below are the ten most common symptoms of quitting smoking, as well as the coping strategies to beat them:




Withdrawal Symptom Why it Happens Coping Strategy
Difficulty Sleeping Nicotine negatively affects many parts of your brain, including those that are responsible for a good night sleep. In the smoking cession period, your brain is trying to adjust its functions without relying on nicotine.
  • Avoid caffeinated products such as coffee, tea and chocolates.
  • Take a warm bath.
  • Have a massage.
  • Practice relaxation techniques.
Trouble concentrating Your brain is used to depend on nicotine as a stimulant to get focus on a task. Now, it’s learning how to stay focused and alert without any trace of nicotine.
  • Get enough rest.
  • Try to work with your iPod on (listen to the music you like).
  • Don’t skip meals. Hunger aggravates your concentration levels even more.
Irritability It’s a sign that your body is craving for a dose of nicotine.
  • Employ breathing exercises.
  • Rest.
  • Get a good massage to loosen up and promote blood circulation.
Tightening of chest Your cardiovascular muscles might be swollen or clogged.
  • Breathe in and out slowly and deeply.
Digestive problems such as constipation Your body is still on the adjustment period.
  • Take prescription meds to ease bloating and discomfort.
  • Consider herbal remedies.
  • Eat fiber-rich foods such as whole grains, fruits and vegetables.
Hungry Your body is confusing nicotine cravings with hunger.
  •  Eat less food more often.
  • Never skip meals!
  • Choose foods that are low in sugar and high in fiber.
Cold symptoms You might experience respiratory symptoms such as flu, colds, sore throat and coughing. This is because your lungs are clearing up nicotine residues.
  • Drink lemon juice.
  • Take vitamin C supplement.
  • Drink plenty of water.
Depression For some people, quitting smoking is as painful as losing a loved one. Foolish as it may sound, but that’s true! Nicotine addiction is a form of drug addiction. It can really
  • This symptom can increase your chance of suffering from a relapse so beware. It can be useful to seek help from a therapist or a smoking cessation specialist.
  • Tell your friends and relatives that you are quitting. They are a powerful source of motivation, support and inspiration.
Headache This is your brain’s reaction to the declining level of nicotine in your body.
  • Taking painkiller will help you manage pain.
  • Consider taking herbal medication.
  • Breathing exercises and other relaxation techniques will certainly help.
Weight gain When you quit smoking, you are likely to divert your nicotine cravings into food consumption.
  • Choose healthy foods, like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.


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