Diarrhea after quitting smoking - Doctor answers

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Can quitting smoking cause IBS like symptoms (both diarrhea AND constipation few weeks after quitting)? And how long after should I see improvement?

Can quitting smoking cause IBS like symptoms (both diarrhea AND constipation few weeks after quitting)? And how long after should I see improvement?

Nicotine: Stopping chronic nicotine use can definitely change your pattern of bm's leading to more sluggish bm's, but in your case you alternate sluggish with looser patterns of intestinal activity. Unless you can pinpoint certain foods or emotional factors which trigger symptoms, your bowel pattern should eventually normalize. ...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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Which medication to support quitting smoking?

Which medication to support quitting smoking?

Chantix or Wellbutri: Both Chantix and wellbutrin (bupropion) can be helpful in the cessation of smoking tobacco. ...Read more

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What are the stages involved in quitting smoking?

What are the stages involved in quitting smoking?

Thinking/trying/stop: People tend to either be thinking about quitting, ready to try to quit, or just stopped and working hard at staying that way. There are great resources for every smoker at http://www. Smokefree. Gov/ the important thing is to give it a try, and get some 'tobacco-free' days behind you. Then you're at the next stage! Good luck! ...Read more

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What is the best way to go about Quitting smoking?

What is the best way to go about Quitting smoking?

Various ways.: Patches, gum, prescription medication such as Chantix, the “cold turkey” method, or a combination of these. It’s an individual choice.
Whichever you decide, please try as many methods in as many combinations as you need to, provided they are safe to do so, and keep trying.
Good luck! ...Read more

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Which are the hardest days whilst quitting smoking?

Which are the hardest days whilst quitting smoking?

Usually early on: Everyone's different, but if you are totally tobacco free, the firstfewdays to weeks. If you're physically dependent (most are) then nicotine withdrawal can cause cravings and other symptoms. No magic but quit smoking meds can help, nicotine gum, etcll. The
key is: distraction. Do something else like take a walk and the craving will pass. Some have cravings for 4 weeks. Free help at 800-QUIT-NOW ...Read more

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Are there any quitting smoking tips you could share?

Are there any quitting smoking tips you could share?

Change behavior: The hardest part of quitting is the fact that you have strong behavioral rituals around the habit. Things like always smoking when driving or after a meal are examples. You must give your self something else to do at these times. Sugar-free gum can help. ...Read more

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Could you help me please, what is the best way of quitting smoking?

Could you help me please, what is the best way of quitting smoking?

Work with your Docto: There are many ways to quit smoking from goig cold turkey to therapy to nicotine replacement and other drugs like zyban (bupropion) and chantix
most people who have smoked over long time and are serious about quiting the best way in my opinion is to work with your health care provider, who knows your history and can motivate you and recommend the best regimen which will work for you. It could be referal or rx. ...Read more

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Quitting smoking - need some motivation?

Quitting smoking - need some motivation?

Incentive & triggers: Behavior modification takes 28 days. Do the same thing every day for 28 days and by default you will have retrained your subconscious mind to do something different (not smoke). The key is to understand your triggers and to plan ahead. Four keys to success: behavior modification (28 days), nicotine withdrawal (14 days), diet and exercise for neutral weight control. Have to have a day one. ..More. ...Read more

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What are the side-effects of Quitting smoking?

What are the side-effects of Quitting smoking?

Longer healthy life: Aside from the pride in accomplishing a difficult task, you are much more likely to have a longer and more healthy life. ...Read more

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Will quitting smoking cure my asthma?

Will quitting smoking cure my asthma?

Not really: Consider asthma a lifelong condition like a missing leg, only for asthma it is not as obvious and can be controlled by avoiding triggers. It is not like appendicitis where you can take it out & you are cured. Smoking is a well known trigger to lung irritation that will always aggravate asthma to some degree. Stopping may actually let you go for years between events, or just reduce their intensity. ...Read more

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No cough after quitting smoking, why?

No cough after quitting smoking, why?

What's the problem?: You quit. Congrats. Why do you think that quitting would cause a a cough. Be happy and worry about something else. ...Read more

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Can you cure COPD by quitting smoking?

Can you cure COPD by quitting smoking?

Sorry no: COPD by definition is irreversible. But by quitting smoking, you, can certainly reduce the progression and your long term prognosis. Never too late to quit! ...Read more

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Will quitting smoking help clear up hpv?

Will quitting smoking help clear up hpv?

No: No, but it will be good for you in so many other ways. ...Read more

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Why am I breathless after quitting smoking?

Not ususual: The smoke was irritating and helped you cough and clear your secretions. Many new ex-smokers notice increased shortness of breath initially but stay the course! It gets better and eventually you'll be much better off! ...Read more

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What makes quitting smoking cause insomnia?

What makes quitting smoking cause insomnia?

Stress: Changing habits - especially one that has a chemical content can be emotionally stressful. Nicotine is a real thing and lacking it is a challenge to your body. Ask a doctor for help getting through this time. You're doing a good thing. People will be happy to help. Good luck! ...Read more

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Does quitting smoking bring on episodes of svt?

Does quitting smoking bring on episodes of svt?

No.: Smoking increases your risk of paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia, or psvt (sudden-onset svt). Quitting smoking would decrease your risk for most smoking-related conditions gradually, so you will still be at risk for a while after you quit. Drugs, caffeine, alcohol, and abnormal pathways in the heart's conductive tissue (ie. Bundle of kent) can also predispose you to svt. ...Read more

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Dr. Oscar Novick
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Loose Stools (Definition)

Loose stools is a symptom in which a person's stool (poop) does not hold its shape after it goes into the toilet. Instead of remaining a shaped piece of poop, the poop spreads out in the toilet bowl water. Very loose stool is called diarrhea. Loose stool can be caused by infections, certain foods or drinks, ...Read more


Dr. David Brouwer
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Quitting Smoking (Definition)

Quitting smoking is the process of discontinuing the use ...Read more