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Nicotine Withdrawal Symptoms: What to Expect

Stopping cigarette smoking is not always easy. If you quit cigarettes abruptly or for that matter, if you gradually decrease the amount of cigarettes you smoke, you ought to suffer from nicotine withdrawal symptoms.

The physical withdrawal symptoms caused due to quitting smoking is a temporary phase. Nonetheless, you can not ignore the amount of discomfort it may cause. The more the phase lasts the more uncomfortable you may get. This phase of withdrawal is given the nickname of 'quitter's flu' as you may suffer from a cold or a mild case of flu during this period.

If you know about what to expect when you quit smoking and you are conscious about the symptoms, you can cope with them in a better way as you can pre-plan your reaction towards these symptoms.

Following is the list of the most common symptoms of nicotine withdrawal:
1) Your craving for smoking increases as time passes since the last puff that you smoked.
2) You may have trouble sleeping and may, sometimes, suffer from insomnia.
3) You may suffer from fatigue.
4) You may find it difficult to concentrate.
5) You may have a severe headache.
6) You may suffer from cough and a sore throat.
7) You may have a dry mouth.
8) You may have a constant postnasal drip.
9) You may feel a tightness in the chest.
10) You may become irritable and cranky. You may also suffer from constipation, stomach pain and gas.

You may suffer from any one or some of these withdrawal symptoms. But the chances are rare that you may have all of them at the same time. 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 is recommended.