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Doctor insights on: Is It Safe To Quit Smoking Cold Turkey When Pregnant

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Dr. Fred Gallo Dr. Gallo
Clinical Psychology
32 years in practice
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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I have to quit smoking, and I can not do it cold turkey, I tried the patch, but I come out in a rash, is the e- cigarette a good choice and is it safe?

I have to quit smoking, and I can not do it cold turkey, I tried the patch, but I come out in a rash, is the e- cigarette a good choice and is it safe?

Yes: The e-cigarette delivers nicotine in water vapor and the nicotine content can be tapered over time until you quit altogether. But don't just depend on this method alone. Also consider behavioral approaches and techniques like energy tapping.

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Dean Giannone Dr. Giannone
Internal Medicine
21 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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Can you successfully quit smoking cold turkey?

Can you successfully quit smoking cold turkey?

It works, go for it.: As far as quitting without any nicotine replacement, the cold turkey method is great. But plan it ahead of time. Pick a quit date in advance, maybe a meaningful date like a birthday or holiday, and gather people who are aware of your attempt that you can call upon for moral support if you start to falter. Good luck!!

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Dr. Bob Ourian Dr. Ourian
Dermatology
22 years in practice
Wayne State University School of Medicine
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I'm a asthmatic what are the best ways quit smoking cold turkey! So far 1 day good. Any suggestions on what 2 do to help cravings besides using patch?

I'm a asthmatic what are the best ways quit smoking cold turkey! So far 1 day good. Any suggestions on what 2 do to help cravings besides using patch?

Try this: Every time you have the urge to smoke, give yourself a 2-3 minute break. Usually the urge goes away by then. There are also drugs such as Chantix that can help reduce that urge. You need a prescription for that so you need to see your doctor to get a prescription.

Dr. Dean Giannone Dr. Giannone
Internal Medicine
21 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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What is a good way to successfully quit smoking cold turkey?

What is a good way to successfully quit smoking cold turkey?

It works, go for it.: As far as quitting without any nicotine replacement, the cold turkey method is great. But plan it ahead of time. Pick a quit date in advance, maybe a meaningful date like a birthday or holiday, and gather people who are aware of your attempt that you can call upon for moral support if you start to falter. Good luck!!

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Dr. Anthony Leazzo Dr. Leazzo
Family Medicine
19 years in practice
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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I am trying to quit smoking cold turkey, what are some ideas to help control/decrease my urges?

I am trying to quit smoking cold turkey, what are some ideas to help control/decrease my urges?

Acupuncture: Auricular acupuncture is awesome for controlling cravings to smoke. It is very effective for smoking cessation. Good luck.

Dr. Dean Giannone Dr. Giannone
Internal Medicine
21 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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Is it too late anyway to become healthy if you quit smoking cold turkey at 43?

Is it too late anyway to become healthy if you quit smoking cold turkey at 43?

Never too late.: As far as quitting without any nicotine replacement, the cold turkey method is great. But plan it ahead of time. Pick a quit date in advance, maybe a meaningful date like a birthday or holiday, and gather people who are aware of your attempt that you can call upon for moral support if you start to falter. Good luck!! It's never too late to try to get the health benefits of quitting smoking.

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Dr. Dale Tylor Dr. Tylor
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery - Pediatric
15 years in practice
McGill University Faculty of Medicine
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What to do if I quit smoking cold turkey about 3 days ago. Should I start again and ween?

What to do if I quit smoking cold turkey about 3 days ago. Should I start again and ween?

Why restart?: Congratulations on quitting. It can be a tremendously hard thing to do, but a fantastic thing for your overall health and the health of your family. There is no good reason to restart. If you did "fall off the wagon" and start again, I would get right back to quitting asap. If you need help, ask your primary doctor or call 1-800-quit-now.

Dr. Paul Grin Dr. Grin
Pain Management
32 years in practice
UCLA School of Dentistry
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Yesterday morning, I quit smoking cold turkey. What should I expect to experience over the next week (s)?

Yesterday morning, I quit smoking cold turkey. What should I expect to experience over the next week (s)?

Withdrawal symptoms: First of all congratulations! There are no side effects when you quit smoking cold turkey, but you can expect significant withdrawal symptoms from nicotine. Here are some symptoms to expect insomnia, restlessness, muscle cramps and poor concentration. I know, you can do it. Good luck!

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Dr. Susan Woods Dr. Woods
Internal Medicine
31 years in practice
Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine
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I quit smoking cold turkey 6 days ago and my mouth looks fleshy or something. Is this okay, normal?

Probably OK: Nice job stopping smoking! this can be hard for people to do. It's not clear what 'fleshy mouth' means without seeing you, but if it is not associated with facial swelling, trouble swallowing or breathing, or having any kind of allergy symptoms, it's likely that everything is fine. Now that you're getting healthier - make sure you get enough sleep, eat right and get enough exercise and water.

Dr. Michael Pascolini Dr. Pascolini
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
13 years in practice
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
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I quit smoking cold turkey but im trying to quit chewing tobacco just can't seem to any tricks suggestions or thoughts on how to?

I quit smoking cold turkey but im trying to quit chewing tobacco just can't seem to any tricks suggestions or thoughts on how to?

Break habits: The best way to do it is to find out when you do it the most and try to change those habits. If you can't do that you will continue to fall back into the same patterns. There are also non-tobacco chew products that may be able to help you. Good luck.

Dr. Lynne Weixel Dr. Weixel
Clinical Psychology
32 years in practice
University of Connecticut School of Medicine
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If I quit smoking cold turkey will I feel withdrawal? Like feeling dizzy and irritable? If so. What can I do to manage? Thanks.

If I quit smoking cold turkey will I feel withdrawal? Like feeling dizzy and irritable? If so. What can I do to manage? Thanks.

Many do, many don't: Try it and see. Hope for the best. Doctors are very good at helping if you find you need it. One tip that few mention. The breathing pattern - you know it - is actually very good for you (especially the exhale). When folk quit, part of what the body misses is this! Keep doing it - as much as ever - just w/o the tobacco. It makes it mucfh easier. Just like always, but w/o the smoke. It works!

Dr. Lily Bhattacharya Dr. Bhattacharya
Clinical Psychology
20 years in practice
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Quit smoking cold turkey. 36 hours so far. No anxiety, but extreme fatigue that cannot be relieved by rest or coffee. How long till I feel normal?

Quit smoking cold turkey. 36 hours so far. No anxiety, but extreme fatigue that cannot be relieved by rest or coffee. How long till I feel normal?

This is hard to say: Depends on your past history of smoking, and how it runs in your family. My suggestion is you eat well, exercise daily, not till exhaustion, surround yourself with supportive people and be grateful every moment you do not smoke and maintain this healthy behavior. Good luck. Its a daily mindful thing that will take some practice usually 21 days until its a habit. I have faith in you.

Dr. Ed Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Pathology
40 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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I quit smoking cold turkey 3-7-13. I had a slightly irregular period 2-3-13 (lighter, shorter). I haven't had a period since, negative hpt. Related?

I quit smoking cold turkey 3-7-13. I had a slightly irregular period 2-3-13 (lighter, shorter). I haven't had a period since, negative hpt. Related?

Maybe: There's no telling what will happen to the brain and its functions, including regulating the cycle, when a person stops smoking as you did. However, I could find nothing in the medical literature to support this, and perhaps you & your physician can seek the cause elsewhere if this persists. Mostly, I simply wanted to congratulate you. Stay physically fit and eat healthy; I bet the cycle resumes.

Dr. Pamela Asseff Dr. Asseff
Dentistry
24 years in practice
Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Having wisdom tooth pulled tomorrow, doctor said I have to quit smoking (cold turkey). How best to alleviate withdrawals. I'm rx'd klonopin (clonazepam) for anxiety already.

Having wisdom tooth pulled tomorrow, doctor said I have to quit smoking (cold turkey). How best to alleviate withdrawals. I'm rx'd klonopin (clonazepam) for anxiety already.

Quit for 3 days: Try not smoking for the first 3 days after the extraction. This helps to prevent a dry socket. The dry socket is exceptionally painful and you want to avoid it if at all possible. If you can make it the 3 days, try not to smoke for a few more days. You just might be able to quit!

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Dr. Bernard Seif Dr. Seif
Clinical Psychology
36 years in practice
University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
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I quit smoking a few days ago cold turkey and haven't used any nicotine products since. Is there any way to get it out of my body faster? Like detox?

I quit smoking a few days ago cold turkey and haven't used any nicotine products since. Is there any way to get it out of my body faster? Like detox?

Depending on the: Type of tobacco used, (cigarettes, chewing, etc.) nicotine can leave the body in hours or up to a month. More importantly, the oral, social, and habitual aspects of smoking need to be addressed. Chew gum, mints, take breaks w/out the excuse of smoking. Peace and good health.

Dr. Donald Colantino Dr. Colantino
Internal Medicine
57 years in practice
Tufts University School of Medicine
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37, Quit smoking (less than 10 pckyrs) about 2 years ago cold turkey. Now working out & eating healthy. What are future risks of probs? Worried still.

37, Quit smoking (less than 10 pckyrs) about 2 years ago cold turkey. Now working out & eating healthy. What are future risks of probs? Worried still.

Old smoking: You made a great decision in discontinuing smoking. Your chances of having lung or heart problems are, of course, greater than a nonsmokers. At your age there is little likelihood of significant problems and after several more years you will be on even terms with nonsmokers statiscally. Just go for a yearly physical and continue with a healthy lifestyle.

Dr. Joan Kinlan Dr. Kinlan
Psychiatry
48 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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Dr. Barbara Lavi Dr. Lavi
Clinical Psychology
31 years in practice
University of Massachusetts Medical School
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Which is a good way to quit smoking (besides cold turkey)?

Hypnosis: Hypnosis is an excellent way to stop smoking. Find a qualified clinical hypnotist. It is a fast efficient way to quit.

Dr. Kashif Abdullah Dr. Abdullah
Internal Medicine
8 years in practice
Saint Louis University School of Medicine
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Stopping smoking. I've tried numerous times to quit smoking using patches, inhalers, electronic ciggerettes and also cold turkey several times?

Talk to doc for meds: Smoking cessation can be difficult but it can be done. I would advise you speak with your general practitioner and ask him/her about smoking cessation medications like bupropion or varenicline. Both of these medications are available in the UK, Europe, Canada, and the US. They can work in conjunction with the nicotine replacement methods of patches and gums.

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Dr. Hamid Sajjadi
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