Nicotine is one of the most potent chemicals in the world. Any tobacco users can attest to that. More often many may try to quit cold turkey, lessen their smoking to less than a pack a day, or switch to other tobacco products.
No matter what way you are trying to quit or lower your intake of nicotine, you begin experiencing nicotine withdrawals. Depending on the severity of your addiction, you can start to have these withdrawals within 30 minutes of your last tobacco use.
You could have all or just a few of the following symptoms:
- Constipation or diarrhea
- Fatigue, drowsiness, and insomnia
- Difficulty concentrating
- Depressed mood
- Increased hunger and caloric intake
- Increased desire for the taste of sweets
- Tobacco cravings
Although these don’t seem life threatening, they can take a serious toll on your health. Symptoms can last anywhere from two weeks to two months. It is strongly advised that if you want to quit smoking or any tobacco product to contact your doctor.
They can prescribe you with over-the-counter nicotine replacement such as gum, skin patches, or inhalers/nasal spray. You can also find help in a support group! Meeting others who are going through the same thing you are can not only increase your chances of successfully quitting smoking but also help others who are struggling.
Getting past the withdrawal can be difficult, but if you can power through it, you will have gone through the toughest stage of quitting such an addicting habit.
You will go through a stage in which you have a desirable craving that you feel you must give in to. There are many other alternatives to get past the cravings. Chewing guy, eating something crunchy such as carrots or celery, hard candies, physical exercise, or even deep breathing are all ways that you can satisfy your craving to light up.