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how long would nicotine withdrawal last?

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Dr. John Chiu
Allergy and Immunology 57 years experience
Depends: I have seen patients who can just quit cold turkey, others may take days.

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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.
Jan 23, 2012
A 38-year-old member asked:

How long can the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal last?

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Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Pulmonary Critical Care 31 years experience
Usually about 3 wks: Nicotine withdrawal symptoms can be diminished by using nicotine replacement drugs (gum, patch, inhaler, nasal spray) and/or other pills (bupropion, varenicline). Talk to your doctor, get a date on the calendar, alert your friends & family that you need their support, and do yourself the biggest favor of your life and quit (if you have not already). Good luck.
A 44-year-old member asked:

How long will fatigue from nicotine withdrawal last?

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Dr. Samuel Miles
Psychiatry 47 years experience
3-7 days: If you are too uncomfortable to wait a couple of days for the symptoms to subside, you may use otc nicotine patches or gum to withdraw gradually. Be aware that a desire to smoke will occur from time to time long after nicotine withdrawal because smoking has been a habit.
A 37-year-old member asked:

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.
North Adams, MA
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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