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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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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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Why am I having chest pains after quitting smoking?

Why am I having chest pains after quitting smoking?

Is there cough: Often after quitting smoking there is an increase of coughing, rebound effect, that would case chest pain. ...Read more

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Wheezing after quitting smoking?

Wheezing after quitting smoking?

How long after?: If you just quit smoking very recently, the wheezing can come from the resultant increase in sputum production that occurs after the bronchial tree's mucociliary elevator starts up again (long story) and as such may stop after several weeks. However, the fear would be that emphysema has already set in, and this wheeze would be permanent, then. ...Read more

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Will quitting smoking worsen my panic attacks?

Will quitting smoking worsen my panic attacks?

Quitting smoking may: Actually help you to stop having panic attacks. PA are essentially a fear of being out of control--having another PA. Smoking is something you can get control over. Peace and good health. This will also help your breathing, which folks w/PA get concerned about. ...Read more

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Why do night sweats occur when quitting smoking?

Why do night sweats occur when quitting smoking?

Nicotine withdrawal: Sounds as if you are experiencing nicotine withdrawal symptoms. Such symptoms generally peak in intensity 3 -5 days after you quit, and usually disappear after 2 weeks, although some may persist for several months. ...Read more

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Does quitting smoking really help with emphysema?

Does quitting smoking really help with emphysema?

Oh yes!: Quitting smoking is the absolutely best thing you can do. With every puff of smoke, you damage the lung more and more. When you quit, this damaging process stops. The sooner you quit, the better. ...Read more

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How can I prevent weight gain when quitting smoking?

How can I prevent weight gain when quitting smoking?

One option: Use of auricular acupuncture so that you don't experience craving. Hydrate well. ...Read more

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How can you avoid constipation after quitting smoking?

How can you avoid constipation after quitting smoking?

Fiber and fluids: Increase the fibre in your diet along with fluids. Also eat lots of fresh fruits and veggies. ...Read more

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Will quitting smoking help while taking clomid (clomiphene)?

Will quitting smoking help while taking clomid (clomiphene)?

Yes it can help: Assume Clomid (clomiphene) is to help get pregnant. There is plenty of research showing smoking having negative impact on fertility, from direct effects on eggs, to transport to fallopian tubes, to increased spontaneous abortion. Zero tobacco gives you the best chances. It may take 3 months after quitting. Quitting helps medications work better. If you get pregnant, quitting keeps tobacco from baby. Win win! ...Read more

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Is it normal to have extreme fatigue after quitting smoking?

Is it normal to have extreme fatigue after quitting smoking?

Yes: For a short time. If more than 1-2 weeks, I would get a medical evaluation. ...Read more

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Hi docs, would quitting smoking bring my sexual health back?

Hi docs, would quitting smoking bring my sexual health back?

Smoking: It is a good way to start. It is hard to say whether permanent damage to your vessels has already occurred but there is only one way to find out. It will also improve your general health. ...Read more

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Can uncomfortable chest pain be normal after quitting smoking?

Can uncomfortable chest pain be normal after quitting smoking?

Possibly: Anxiety can cause excess cortisol, os adrenaline secretion which can cause a number of symptoms, including dizziness, lightheadedness, rapid heart beat palpitations, chestpain, headaches, etc. Try calming yourself down by concentrating on slowing down your breathing over a few minutes if this doesn't help, see your primary provider for further evaluation. Good luck! ...Read more

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When after quitting smoking does nicotine show up on blood test?

When after quitting smoking does nicotine show up on blood test?

2-4 days: The clearance rate for nicotine from blood is between two to four days. So, if you can refrain from smoking for a week prior to the test, it is unlikely that a medical screening test would be sensitive enough to detect that you were a smoker.
If you are smoker havy smoker for long time it my take longer. ...Read more

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Is it true that the depression can help aid in u quitting smoking?

Is it true that the depression can help aid in u quitting smoking?

Everyone is: Different but setting target date to stop and then stopping completely on that day can be effective. Learning some self-hypnosis can support this plan of action. Chewing gum or eating mints is useful, especially at high risk times like coffee breaks. Peace and good health. Depression doesn't help but constructive use of anger can, e.g., telling yourself that you are not letting smoke have power. ...Read more

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How much time will I be irritable after quitting smoking and drinking?

How much time will I be irritable after quitting smoking and drinking?

Kind of up to you: Irritability following smoking cessation usually is maximal about a week out, and tends to fade by 2-3 weeks. If you were physically dependent on alcohol, some post-acute withdrawal syndrome can persist for several weeks. However, you don't have to just endure it. Exercise will help get your endorphins going and make you feel better, as can group supports, meditation and other activities. ...Read more

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Will quitting smoking bring my sexual health back? Please help me docs!

Will quitting smoking bring my sexual health back? Please help me docs!

Depends on cause: Many cases of decreased sexual potency, erectile dysfunction, anorgasmia and decreased libido, in both men and women, are caused by smoking's vascular effects on reducing blood flow to the pelvic organs and elsewhere. Smoking cessation could improve this. However, see your doctor to explore other causes as well if it does not improve. Good luck with quitting - it is worth it for many reasons. ...Read more

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I have body jolts as I fall asleep after quitting smoking. What is this?

I have body jolts as I fall asleep after quitting smoking. What is this?

Hypnic jerks: Congratulations on stopping! This is a common problem called hypnic jerks- see http://www. Drweil. Com/drw/u/qaa400711/jolted-awake-by-hypnic-jerks. Html
it is thought that smoking aggravates these. This could be a withdrawal symptom, in which case they should lessen over time. I wonder if tobacco can reduce hypnic jerks but find no evidence it does. See http://whyquit. Com/whyquit/a_symptoms. Html. ...Read more

Dr. Charles Cattano
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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (Definition)

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Dr. David Brouwer
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Quitting Smoking (Definition)

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