Nicotine Withdrawal Symptoms

This page was updated on Wednesday 14th of February 2018

Just what are the nicotine withdrawal symptoms?
Eliminate Withdrawal SymptomsThere are quite a few of them, and you may not have all of them at the same time. Some people like to compare the symptoms you get after withdrawing from nicotine to the kinds of withdrawal problems that people get when they try to stop using drugs. After all, both nicotine and drugs are addictive substances, and withdrawal symptoms are the body’s way of coping with the sudden cessation of the addictive substance.

Nicotine withdrawal normally happens when you either abruptly stops utilizing tobacco or smoking after doing either activity for a long period of time. Interestingly, withdrawal can also happen if you reduce the number of cigarettes taken or the amount of tobacco used.

The following are the most common and the most reported nicotine withdrawal symptoms. In no particular order of importance, they are:

Tobacco cravings
Cravings are normal and last for just a few minutes. They will occur less frequently as time progresses.

Increased appetite
When you smoke, the nicotine reduces your appetite and you will probably have an increased yearning for sugary foods. To reduce calorie intake try taking glucose which is comes in tablet or liquid form and can be purchased from your pharmacy.

Impaired concentration
This will return to normal after a few weeks and is mainly caused by the extra oxygen levels and the physical changes happening in your body.

Nicotine Withdrawal SymptomsIrritability, Tension, Anxiety, Restlessness
This is normal during the process of your body adapting to the lack of nicotine. To help, reduce your daily stress during the first two or three weeks of quitting. It will also help if you decrease your intake of caffeine e.g. Tea, coffee, cola drinks, energy drinks, chocolate. Check food labels…even some yoghurts and ice creams contain caffeine.

Disturbed sleep
Unwind before you go to bed. It will take approximately one week for this to subside. Some quitting aids and medications can cause strange dreams.

This is your lungs clearing themselves of all the tar and mucus. It will subside as time passes.

Falling blood pressure and heart rate
It’s a known fact that smoking increases blood pressure. After quitting, your blood pressure and heart rate will improve, reducing your risk of heart disease.

Other withdrawal symptoms you may experience

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According to the U.S. government’s website on health matters, there is good news, though. While this collection of symptoms can seem overwhelming and very wide, they actually peak just 12 to 24 hours after the stopping of tobacco products or smoking, and then they eventually fade away after that period of time.

While nicotine withdrawal symptoms can peak up to 24 hours after the last usage of tobacco products or of smoking, they can actually start as soon as just between 2 and 3 hours of one’s last cigarette or tobacco product.

The above-mentioned symptoms might also be quite severe, and it all really depends on just how long you were a smoker and also on just how many cigarettes you puffed on each and every day.

Withdrawal symptoms are unpredictable
The nasty thing about these nicotine withdrawal symptoms is that they are unpredictable, at times. For example, there is such a thing as a milder version of nicotine withdrawal, and it typically happens as a smoker switches from regular to just low-nicotine cigarettes. On other hand, a milder version of nicotine withdrawal can also occur if the smoker makes a conscious decision to simply lessen the usual number of cigarettes that he or she smokes.

Another troubling aspect of these nicotine withdrawal symptoms is their penchant for mimicry. Let’s look at this aspect just a little bit further. Some of the above-mentioned symptoms of withdrawal from nicotine are actually able to mimic or even disguise one’s symptoms of other psychiatric issues. Further, these withdrawal symptoms are also able to, at times, worsen a person’s additional psychiatric problems.

Your physician can help
Some healthcare professionals advise people who are experiencing these withdrawal symptoms to actually get in touch with their physician if they have any concerns about their health while withdrawing. For instance, one’s physician can prescribe both non-nicotine and nicotine aids, such as nicotine patches or Chantix, and he or she can also refer a person quitting to either counseling or group cessation programs.

Check our website for information about nicotine gum, Nicotine Patches, e-Cigarettes and Chantix (also known as Champix).

Useful Resources:

How To Handle Withdrawal Symptoms

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4 Responses to “Nicotine Withdrawal Symptoms”

  1. William says:

    Hi David,

    I have just read about your information on nicotine effects and withdrawals when giving up smoking. I must say your information is spot on. I’m going through the emotional and physical effects right now just as you have listed them. 2 weeks are just about up and you are correct in saying that it will get easier from now on.

    Thanks for your information it has helped me a lot in dealing with the nicotine withdrawals.


    • David says:


      It’s good to hear you’ve taken the first steps to quitting. Although it’s different for everyone, I personally believe you have just passed through the toughest part. It’s good to know my website is helping. Keep up the good work.


  2. Kim says:

    i quit 45 days ago doing great except now having an allergic reaction to the commit lozenges (the thing helping me) ugggg now what ?

    • David says:

      How annoying when you’re doing so well. Have you tried Miracet yet? It helped me, and the ingredients are all natural. It’s now just a matter of finding the product or method that works best for you. Well done!


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