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A 23-year-old female asked:

how long does nicotine withdrawal take to start after your last cigarette/e-cigarette?

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Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
It depends...: For a young healthy person of 23, who smokes regular strength cigarettes, 20 cigarettes, or a pack is about 20mg of nicotine daily. The average time is about 2 hours to physical withdrawal symptoms. If you smoke less than about 14 regular cigarettes, you may not get any physical symptoms. In both cases, you are going to get symptoms related to mental and emotional withdrawal. That varies. Quit!

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A 39-year-old member asked:

How do nicotine patches work? Don't they keep you addicted to nicotine?

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Dr. Sheila Goodman
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
No: The idea behind nicotine patches is to get rid of all the other toxins in cigarettes while weaning the amount of nicotine you get. You start at 21 mg daily and over a period of weeks decrease the dose to 14, then 7 then off. This will avoid nicotine withdrawal effects like nausea, shakes and headaches. You still have to deal with the habit addiction which may respond to exercise, zyban (bupropion) or chantix.
Dr. William Santoro
Family Medicine 40 years experience
I would only add to stay on each pacth as long as necessary. When you are comfortable, move to the next level. If it is not working move back up to the higher dose patch. It is more important to be off the cigarettes than to complete the program in a specified time frame.
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A 21-year-old member asked:

How can I cope with nicotine withdrawal?

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Psychiatry 27 years experience
Replacement: There are a number o nicotine replacement products on the market. Talk to your doctor and figur out what is best for you.
A 21-year-old member asked:

What is nicotine addiction?

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Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine 60 years experience
Nicotine Addiction: This term refers to the addiction that occurs with tobacco use, mainly cigarettes. With prolonged use of tobacco, certain parts of the brain crave more and more nicotine. When an addicted person tries to stop tobacco use, very uncomfortable physical mental symptoms occur which drives the individual to smoke again.
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Does aromasin (exemestane) have any withdrawal effects?

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No: Aromasin (exemestane) is not a habit-forming drug. Therefore it typically does not have withdrawal effects.
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Can one experience withdrawal from an anti-biotic?

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Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
Pain Management 39 years experience
Antibiotic: No - withdrawal is usually seen with opioid or illicit substance use.

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