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Are muscle aches a common side effect when quitting smoking cigarettes?

Are muscle aches a common side effect when quitting smoking cigarettes?

Yes: Muscle aches are not invariable in people who are trying to quit smoking, but they do occur. Nicotine is a muscle relaxant, and in withdrawal muscles can get tighter, causing pain and sometimes even spasm ("charley-horses"). Hot baths or hot backs, a heating pad all may help. If they are severe, nicotine replacement with patches, gum or lozenges will do the trick. ...Read more

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Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


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Do you think I should be worried about coughing this much after quitting smoking cigarettes?

Do you think I should be worried about coughing this much after quitting smoking cigarettes?

Normal: It is common to cough more after quitting cigarettes after a long period of smoking. This is because the lungs are trying to heal by expelling all the tar that had built up. However, it is always wise to consult you doctor if you are coughing nonstop or especially if you are coughing up any blood. Congratulations on quitting. You'll be better for it in the long run! ...Read more

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How long after quitting smoking cigarettes will i notice a difference in peripheral nerves?

How long after quitting smoking cigarettes will i notice a difference in peripheral nerves?

Unclear: Smoking is not related to peripheral nerve injury. Blood vessel constriction can occur causing pain and discoloration of the hands and fingers and improves with smoking cessation. True peripheral neuropathy is not related to tobacco abuse and other causes should be investigated ...Read more

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Besides being addicted, how can quitting smoking cigarettes help someone mentally, given they do not drink or do any other type of drug?

Besides being addicted, how can quitting smoking cigarettes help someone mentally, given they do not drink or do any other type of drug?

Smoking: Stopping smoking clears the mind and body after chronic smoking it takes the body 10 years to return to baseline, it also helps the mind think clearly and not make it dependent. ...Read more

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What is side effect a nicotine-gum at the same time as smoking cigarettes?

What is side effect a nicotine-gum at the same time as smoking cigarettes?

Nicotine gum&smoking: Overdose of nocotine, it is not a good idea to smoke and chew the gum as well, it defeats the purpose. ...Read more

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Should co q 10 be taken with statin drugs to help with side effect of muscle aches?

Should co q 10 be taken with statin drugs to help with side effect of muscle aches?

With caution: Statins (I checked for atorvastatin and pravastatin specifically) "decrease levels of coenzyme 10 by an unspecified interaction mechanism". This is considered to be a "minor or non-significant interaction." http://reference.medscape.com/drug-interactionchecker Hope that helps. ...Read more

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Is splenda safe to take everyday? Long time user anyside effects like other sweetners have? Trying to find out if muscle aches could be a side effect

Probably safe: There are no good data saying splenda is unsafe (or it would be removed from sale) - but that doesn't mean you should take it in large amounts every day. As a sugar substitute, it can have effects on the normal bacteria in your bowels, but i don't believe muscle aches are a known side effect of splenda. ...Read more

Dr. Dean Giannone
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Smoking Cessation (Definition)

Smoking any tobacco product is harmful to your baby, including "light" cigarettes, cigars (and marijuana). Like any addiction, quitting tobacco is difficult, especially if you are acting alone. Most smokers find it hard to break all the habits or ties they've built into their lives around smoking. Quitting smoking does reduce a number of ...Read more


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Side Effect (Definition)

In medicine, a side effect is an effect, whether therapeutic or adverse, that is secondary to the one intended; although the term is predominantly employed to describe adverse effects, it can also apply to beneficial, but unintended, consequences of the ...Read more