If you quit cigarettes abruptly which is also
known as going cold turkey or even if you are gradually decreasing the
amount of cigarettes you smoke, you may suffer from nicotine withdrawal
symptoms. In fact, it is the general case. The physical withdrawal from
quitting is a temporary phase. Nonetheless, you can not ignore the
amount of discomfort it may cause to you. The more the phase lasts the
more discomfort you may suffer. This phase of withdrawal is given the
nickname of quitters flu as you may suffer from cold or mild cases of
Nicotine withdrawal begins within 20 to 30
minutes of smoking your last cigarette. This is a stage when anxiety is
heightened. You will feel depressed. If you know about what to expect
and you are conscious about the symptoms, you can cope with them better.
By following the skills required for coping, you will be able to deal
with it more easily.
Following is the list of the most common
symptoms of nicotine withdrawal:
1) Your craving for cigarette smoke increases much more as the time
passes from having the last puff.
2) You may have trouble sleeping and may sometimes have insomnia.
3) You may suffer from fatigue and may find it difficult to concentrate.
4) You may have severe headache.
5) You may also suffer from cough and sore throat.
6) You may experience dry mouth.
7) You may have constant postnasal drip.
8) You may feel a tightness of chest.
9) You may become irritable and cranky.
10) In severe cases you may suffer from constipation, stomach pain and gas.
You may suffer from any one or some of these withdrawal symptoms. The
chances stand rare that you may experience all of them together.
Different persons may suffer from different types of withdrawal
symptoms. But, these discomforts are quite short-lived. If the
withdrawal symptoms persist, consultation with your doctor will be the