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Any ideas on why I'm getting dizzy when I smoke cigarettes?

Any ideas on why I'm getting dizzy when I smoke cigarettes?

If this is new: And you haven't switched to a new brand, I would see your doctor. Inexperienced smokers commonly get dizzy with smoking, but at your age I am assuming you have smoked for 25+ years. If you are smoking much more than you used to, that may explain it, either because of higher nicotine and carbon monoxide levels, or because you are hyperventilating. Maybe this would be a good time to quit. ...Read more

Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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What can cause me to get dizzy while smoking cigarettes? I smoke regularly and have been for a few year but all of a sudden I've been getting dizzy.

What can cause me to get dizzy while smoking cigarettes? I smoke regularly and have been for a few year but all of a sudden I've been getting dizzy.

Too much smoking: If you are inhaling your cigarette fast, you will get dizzy. Another reason to stop this bad habit that will kill you. ...Read more

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I'm feeling really dizzy, I smoke cigarettes, could that be causing my lightheadedness?

I'm feeling really dizzy, I smoke cigarettes, could that be causing my lightheadedness?

What type of cigs?: Nicotine cigarettes don't usually cause dizziness, but could since nicotine provides a stimulant brain effect increasing BP and heart rate. Other types of cigarettes like cannabis could certainly cause dizziness. Even e-cigs can have weird effects with the vaporized substances in them. Bottom line: why smoke anything at all? Best to see your doctor to evaluate your dizziness & light-headedness. ...Read more

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My Friend is 53. He smokes 5 cigarettes a day. Every time he finishes a cigarette he feels a little dizzy. What could a possible cause? Thank you drs.

My Friend is 53. He smokes 5 cigarettes a day. Every time he finishes a cigarette he feels a little dizzy. What could a possible cause? Thank you drs.

Nicotine: Nicotine causes some immediate responses in the body like blood vessel constriction and release of stress hormones. These changes are probably causing his symptoms. He needs to look at this as his body telling him to stop smoking. Anything you can do to encourage him to quit would be the best thing you could do as a friend. ...Read more

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I have just smoked 11 cigarettes of marlborow red in less than 5 hours and I feel so dizzy and so sick and diseased what should I do now??

I have just smoked 11 cigarettes of marlborow red in less than 5 hours and I feel so dizzy and so sick and diseased what should I do now??

Smoker-marlborow red: Most probably you overdid it. You may have cerebral arterial constriction, and should stop this habit. Induces COPD, Cancer, all types of infections, ETC. Go to a smoking cessation clinic, otherwise you will regret for life.
Smoking and nicotine withdrawal can both cause symptoms of dizziness because of factors involving the single thing that a human being needs most to exist: oxygen. Researchers and smokers have known this for a while, and studies completed since 2003 also indicate that a smoker inherits the tendency to experience this side effect, and this has some serious implications.
When you inhale on a cigarette, your body takes in a number of noxious gases. One of these is carbon monoxide, also a component in car exhaust, and it is the primary cause of dizziness when you smoke. Carbon monoxide pushes out the oxygen in your blood and replaces it. Dizziness will occur immediately, after just one cigarette, and is more noticeable if you’ve abstained for a while. Hydrogen cyanide, an insecticide, is also contained in cigarettes. In high doses it can make your heart beat irregularly, which causes dizziness when blood flow to your brain is disrupted. ...Read more

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Why do I get dizzy when smoking cigarettes? I've been smoking a long time and this just started! I've even passed out from it.

Why do I get dizzy when smoking cigarettes? I've been smoking a long time and this just started! I've even passed out from it.

Clogged arteries: Toxic chemicals in cigarette smoke can clog arteries (atherosclerosis). Nicotine can further narrow the arteries by causing muscle around the arteries to go in to spasm. If it affects the arteries supplying blood to the brain, one can experience these symptoms. Stop smoking and seek medical help. ...Read more

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Dizzy after smoking a cigarette... And meds change I'm 19 years old and I take deppresion medication called wellbutrin I just started it a month ago... I am experiencing dizziness after smoking cigarettes I only smoke at night and I am usually walking my

Dizzy after smoking a cigarette... And meds change I'm 19 years old and I take deppresion medication called wellbutrin I just started it a month ago... I am experiencing dizziness after smoking cigarettes I only smoke at night and I am usually walking my

The: The dizziness that you are experiencing are most likely due to nicotine, one key ingredient in tobacco smoke. Nicotine has a number of effects on central nervous system and it also activates the sympathetic nervous system and by acting via splanchnic nerves on the adrenal medulla, stimulates the release of Epinephrine (also known as adrenaline) into the bloodstream. Epinephrine increases heart rate and constricts blood vessels, which results in elevation of blood pressure. I wonder if what you are experiencing are actually the effects of released epinephrine. It is hard to tell if your taking any of the medications you described could have any interactions with the nicotine, other smoke ingredients or the released epinephrine. It is possible. However, at this point one good strategy that could very likely improve your health and quality of life would be to refrain from smoking. ...Read more

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I feel that I have a headache and dizzy after smoking three cigarettes. Why is this?

I feel that I have a headache and dizzy after smoking three cigarettes. Why is this?

Some are sensitive: New smokers frequently get headache, nausea, dizziness and literally turn green after a cigarette. It sounds like you are sensitive. Listen to your body and don't smoke. ...Read more

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I smoke for 17 yrs but I still get dizzy?

I smoke for 17 yrs but I still get dizzy?

Why?: What are you smoking and why? I would encourage you to stop, whether the substance is legal or not. Review this matter as well as your dizziness in a visit with your primary care provider. Make 2013 a year of better health. ...Read more

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I smoke for 17 yrs but I still get dizzy they say that dizzy spells are just for beginners?

Stop smoking: Stop smoking! Dizzy spells when smoking are not for beginners. It means your body is not getting enough oxygen and your are poisoning your lungs, heart, and blood. ...Read more

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I've been smokeing for 2 years and for about 2 months everytiime I smoke I get dizzy and blurry vision. Is something wrong?

I've been smokeing for 2 years and for about 2 months everytiime I smoke I get dizzy and blurry vision. Is something wrong?

Quit smoking: If you relate these symptoms to the times that you smoke (is this weed?) and have no problems in between, then you are reacting to something in that smoke and this is a good opportunity to cease smoking. ...Read more

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Should I go to the er, I have no health insurance? I am 24 years old and yes I am a little overweight and I smoke. For the past 3 days I have felt weak and very tired but I can't sleep. I'm dizzy most all the time but I get lightheaded when I turn my head

Should I go to the er, I have no health insurance? I am 24 years old and yes I am a little overweight and I smoke. For the past 3 days I have felt weak and very tired but I can't sleep. I'm dizzy most all the time but I get lightheaded when I turn my head

It's: It's been 4 days since you wrote in so if you're still feeling bad, yeah, it's best to get checked out. The big question, of course, is where? If you ever wonder whether you should go to the er, it's probably a good idea to go, assuming you have no family physician to contact. Certainly, you'll rarely hear from a physician online dissuading you from going. Too many unknowns in a stranger that we can't evaluate and would make us liable if we told you to stay home til the morning. The fact that you feel worse when you stand up w/your pulse increasing from 88 up to 104 suggests possible dehydration. Regardless, you need to get checked out.

The fact that you have no health insurance has no impact on the need to get medical attention. There are many low cost, even free, health care options for those without health insurance (possibly even without a job). So rather than wait for some anonymous doctor to reassure you, go back online and look for your options. Good luck! ...Read more

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Hello, I had bppv. I sometimes feel dizzy when I smoke. I wanna ask that will affect me if I consume alcohol...Does alcohol worsen bppv?

Hello, I had bppv. I sometimes feel dizzy when I smoke. I wanna ask that will affect me if I consume alcohol...Does alcohol worsen bppv?

Yes: Alcohol suppresses the balancing function of inner ear. If a police officer suspect a driver is intoxicated, he/she will ask the driver to try to walk heel to toe in a straight line in the old day! ...Read more

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I feel dizzy when I smoke by inhaling it. Last time I almost vomit. Why? (first time smoker)

I feel dizzy when I smoke by inhaling it. Last time I almost vomit. Why? (first time smoker)

Poison: You feel dizzy and nauseous because tobacco and nicotine are poisons. There isn't a single reason in the world to start smoking at your age. It is out of style, tastes like ashes, and makes your breath sink. Not to mention it causes heart disease, cancer, stroke, dementia and even thinning of the bones. ...Read more

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Is there a way to find out why did I get nauseous and dizzy and shakey after my smoke?

Could B side effects: Of nicotine. But get tested and have a comprehensive medical evaluation cuz you reach the age where common medical ailments start to rear its ugly head- hypertension, diabetes, high lipids etc. Take care! ...Read more

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I know smoking a bad and I don't plan on starting. Whenever I take a drag of a cigaret and exhale I get REALLY dizzy 4 a while. Why?

" Don't do it ": That is what your body is telling you, if you don't 'plan on starting ' then why you have to ' drag of a cigarette, smoke most likely not allowing Oxygenation of lung, besides you may be allergic, just don't do it. ...Read more

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2 years ago I smoked synthetic weed and got very dizzy and every since I still get these headrush falling feelings why I take celexa (citalopram) for anxiety now?

2 years ago I smoked synthetic weed and got very dizzy and every since I still get these headrush falling feelings why I take celexa (citalopram) for anxiety now?

Synthetic weed: Synthetic weed is even more unpredictable than regular, which can be problematic enough. Both can induce paranoia, panic, & psychosis. The synthetic version is unidentified herbal material sprayed with varying quantities of synthetic thc-like substance which may change just ahead of laws in your state. It's very hard to keep up with these different molecules, in which effects may differ. Danger. ...Read more

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I have been smokeing for two years and for the past month or too everytime I smoke I've been haveing blurry vision and have been dizzy. Help?!

I have been smokeing for two years and for the past month or too everytime I smoke I've been haveing blurry vision and have been dizzy. Help?!

STOP IT!: Smoking can have vasoconsticitve and blood pressure related side effects not to mention increasing teh risk for stroke, hear disease and numerous cancers. If you are having symptoms related to smoking then stop smoking. ...Read more

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I used to smoke marijuana everyday for about a year. Now everytime I smoke very little I feel dizzy & feel like im about to faint. Any ideas why?

I used to smoke marijuana everyday for about a year. Now everytime I smoke very little I feel dizzy & feel like im about to faint. Any ideas why?

Could be interacting: One of your medications. Thc also disrupts coordination and balance by binding to receptors in the cerebellum and basal ganglia—parts of the brain that regulate balance, posture, coordination, and reaction time. Initial effect of smoking pot is generally increase in heart rate and blood pressure. In your case it sounds like the opposite is occurring. I can't explain that but it might not be a bad idea to make sure that you're not dehydrated and also get checked out by your family doctor to rule out anyunderlying cardiac disease that may be contributing to this response because it is not a typical response. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Please tell me if an occasional cigarette harmful if it helps with my dizziness?

Please tell me if an occasional cigarette harmful if it helps with my dizziness?

Nicotine: One of the causes of dizziness, is smoking, can cause it or make it worse, nicotine does not help dizziness, do not make it an excuse to smoke. You may want to seek treatment and or evaluation of you dizziness. ...Read more

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I have had serious dizzy spells for quite some time, very concerned, wondering if that can be caused by too much alcohol and cigarette use daily?

I have had serious dizzy spells for quite some time, very concerned, wondering if that can be caused by too much alcohol and cigarette use daily?

Alcohol & cigs: If you've identified 2 factors that could be making you worse, you have opportunity to stop them to see if you feel better. Alcohol can definitely make you feel dizzy. Also, I suggest you see your physician for a full checkup, because alcohol and cigarettes can make additional health problems more likely. Good luck to you. ...Read more

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When I bend down I get dizzy?

Spin or faint?: A feeling that the room is spinning when moving your head could be vertigo. Feeling faint when you bend over and then straighten up could be positional low blood pressure. See your personal provider for further evaluation. ...Read more

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I get headaches with dizziness?

I get headaches with dizziness?

It's a migraine: Migraine headaches are often accompanied by dizziness and vertigo. Treatment of migraine will usually also relieve dizziness. Try to avoid drugs if possible - start with avoiding caffeine, getting enough sleep, 3-4 low-carb meals, aerobic exercise, biofeedback, magnesium, coq10, riboflavin, other supplements, Botox injections if headaches are frequent, and only then, drugs. Try migralex. ...Read more