It's not easy to quit smoking. The nicotine in cigarettes is addicting.
Your body craves it because it makes you feel good.
So when you
try to stop smoking, you go through
nicotine withdrawal. You feel awful, and you may worry
about gaining weight. You get cranky and anxious. It can be hard to sleep.
You're not the only one. Most people feel bad when they try to
quit. The hardest part is not reaching for a smoke to feel better. Use the tips
in this Actionset to help you cope. The information also applies if you use
chew or snuff.
- Symptoms of nicotine withdrawal are at their worst
during the first couple of days or so after you quit. They may last a few weeks.
- Medicines help ease withdrawal symptoms and craving. This can help you feel better and make it more likely that you
won't start smoking again.
- Exercise and healthy
eating also may help.
Talk with your doctor
Your doctor can prescribe medicines that can get you through withdrawal. Together, you can plan the best way to use nicotine replacement products. This may be varenicline (Chantix) and the nicotine patch. Or it may be the nicotine patch plus gum for those times you need something more.
If you have questions about this information, print it out and take it
with you when you visit your doctor. You may want to mark areas or make notes
in the margins where you have questions.
What are the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal?
Why does nicotine withdrawal make you feel so bad?
How can you get through it?
Where do you go from here?