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Doctor insights on: Severe Nicotine Withdrawal Symptoms

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How long do nicotine withdrawal symptoms last?

How long do nicotine withdrawal symptoms last?

Days to weeks: Several days to several weeks depending on how much and how long the use has been and how sudden the cessation of use. ...Read more

Dr. Stuart Wasser
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Withdrawal Symptoms (Definition)

Withdrawal symptoms are physical or psychological sx's which can occur when a person ceases to use a substance that they are addicted to. Possible examples might include: nausea, vomiting, anxiety, insomnia, ...Read more


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What can I do to alleviate nicotine withdrawal symptoms?

Many things: A formal support program helps reduce anxiety and alleviates withdrawal just by taking your mind off it, and focusing on other things. Exercise and other healthful activities can do the same. If moderate to severe, nicotine replacement (patches, gum, lozenges etc.) help, as do the prescription medications bupropion (Zyban) and varenicline (Chantix). Acupuncture&hypnosis help some people. ...Read more

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How long should I expect to be feeling nicotine withdrawal symptoms if I quit three weeks ago?

How long should I expect to be feeling nicotine withdrawal symptoms if I quit three weeks ago?

Usually about 3 wks: Nicotine withdrawal symptoms can be diminished by using nicotine replacement drugs (gum, patch, inhaler, nasal spray) and/or other pills (bupropion, varenicline). Talk to your doctor, get a date on the calendar, alert your friends & family that you need their support, and do yourself the biggest favor of your life and quit (if you have not already). Good luck. ...Read more

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When do emotional nicotine withdrawal symptoms start after you first quit?

When do emotional nicotine withdrawal symptoms start after you first quit?

Within 24 hours: and may even be sooner if you are very anxious about quitting, which most people are. These symptoms can be significantly reduced through many means - a smoking cessation program with good support, relaxation techniques, hypnosis and acupuncture, or nicotine replacement therapy (patches, gum etc), bupropion (Zyban) or varenicline (Chantix). ...Read more

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Is it true that nicotine withdrawal symptoms are different or more pronounced in someone who has emphysema?

Is it true that nicotine withdrawal symptoms are different or more pronounced in someone who has emphysema?

No: The presence of emphysema does not affect tobacco withdrawal. The physical withdrawal is quite rapid over a few days but the mental addiction requires time , counseling and possible medication. ...Read more

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Extreme nicotine withdrawal symptoms vomiting and diahorrea. What can I take for this?

Extreme nicotine withdrawal symptoms vomiting and diahorrea. What can I take for this?

Thanks for asking!: Substances that affect the brain (nicotine surely does!) should be gradually withdrawn and tapered. To alleviate symptoms, if other causes have been ruled out, is to re-introduce some nicotine, either, patch, gum or spray and have a structured plan for very gradually and slowly reducing the dosage. ...Read more

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Can you tell me when do emotional nicotine withdrawal symptoms start after you've quit smoking?

Can you tell me when do emotional nicotine withdrawal symptoms start after you've quit smoking?

Immediately: People begin to experience craving, anxiety and irritability almost the moment they make the decision to stop, and the symptoms escalate about the time they are due for their next cigarette. If withdrawal symptoms are severe enough to cause problems with daily life, or if you are close to relapsing to tobacco, consider treatment with patches, lozenges etc, or Chantix or zyban (bupropion).Support programs help. ...Read more

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How much nicotine is potentially delivered per cigarette and what is the daily dosage below which withdrawal symptoms develop?

How much nicotine is potentially delivered per cigarette and what is the daily dosage below which withdrawal symptoms develop?

No answer.: Nicotine delivery per cigarette varies with brand, filter, length of the inhaled draw, and how close to the end it is smoked. There is as much a 10 fold delivery difference with these factors, on average. It is very difficult to compare oral (nicorettes) or nicotine patches, because nicotine is inhaled. Withdrawal sx can begin with a 20% reduction in nicotine dosage. ...Read more

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Will i have smoking withdrawal symptoms if i use nicotine gums? i am planning to quit smoking with temporary use of nicotine gums

Will i have smoking withdrawal symptoms if i use nicotine gums? i am planning to quit smoking with temporary use of nicotine gums

Way to go...: The gum you're looking to use to help you quit smoking is very effective. It will help your body quit because it does supply the nicotine your body got used to from cigarettes. The biggest problem you will face is what to do with your hands. Smoking is a very manual habit. I euggest even chewing on a straw. Good kuck and congrats when you kick the habit. ...Read more

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How long can the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal last?

Usually about 3 wks: Nicotine withdrawal symptoms can be diminished by using nicotine replacement drugs (gum, patch, inhaler, nasal spray) and/or other pills (bupropion, varenicline). Talk to your doctor, get a date on the calendar, alert your friends & family that you need their support, and do yourself the biggest favor of your life and quit (if you have not already). Good luck. ...Read more

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How can I handle severe withdrawal symptoms from pristiq (desvenlafaxine)?

How can I handle severe withdrawal symptoms from pristiq (desvenlafaxine)?

Taper slowly: You should reduce the dose slowly. Decrease by 1/4 of your dose weekly. ...Read more

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What to do if I ran out of my anti-depressants, having severe withdrawal symptoms.?

What to do if I ran out of my anti-depressants, having severe withdrawal symptoms.?

Go to the ER: YOU CAN GO TO YOUR PHARMACIST SOME OF THEM DEPEND ON THE MEDICATION CAN GIVE YOU FEWW PILLS TO SUSTAINED YOU UNTIL THEY CAN GET HOLD OF YOUR DOCTOR IF NOT GO TO THE ER THEY CAN GIVE A Rx to help you until you see your doctor ...Read more

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Have been taking about .5 mg Klonopin (clonazepam) daily for 4 months for anxiety. Will withdrawal symptoms be severe if I quit cold turkey?

Have been taking about .5 mg Klonopin (clonazepam) daily for 4 months for anxiety.  Will withdrawal symptoms be severe if I quit cold turkey?

Check with your doct: Stopping .5 Klonopin (clonazepam) if only once daily should not cause problem. Anxiety may increase if no other treatment. Discuss with treating physician ...Read more

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I stopped taking methylprednisolone after the first two pills causing a reaction. Seven hours later having severe withdrawal symptoms. How long last?

I stopped taking methylprednisolone after the first two pills causing a reaction.  Seven hours later having severe withdrawal symptoms. How long last?

Steroid tapering: Your symptoms may not be withdrawal. However, when taking steroids, it is important to make a slow taper of the dosage. Recommend to talk with your prescribing physician on how to make a slow dose reduction and try not to stop the medication suddenly. ...Read more

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My pcp has brought me from 150mg, to 75mg, to 0mg of Effexor (venlafaxine) xr. Is this an acceptable way to taper off? I am experiencing severe withdrawal symptoms

My pcp has brought me from 150mg, to 75mg, to 0mg of Effexor (venlafaxine) xr.  Is this an acceptable way to taper off? I am experiencing severe withdrawal symptoms

Depends on…: What time frame the tapering was done. Contact the doc to express the withdrawl symptoms you're having so s/he can taper you off more slowly. ...Read more

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I'm weening off 30mg of Prozac (fluoxetine) after being on it for a year, is it normal to have physical withdrawal symptoms, such as severe fatigue?

I'm weening off 30mg of Prozac (fluoxetine) after being on it for a year, is it normal to have physical withdrawal symptoms, such as severe fatigue?

Can happen: SSRI discontinuation syndrome symptoms may include: flu-like sx’s, insomnia, nightmares, vivid dreams, anxiety, tearfulness, depressed mood, confusion, irritability, restless legs, tremors, nausea, vomiting, cramps, loose stools, loss of appetite, dizziness, unsteady gait, flushing, sweating, headache, lethargy, imbalance, vertigo, ringing in ears, hypersensitivity to noise, sensation of ...Read more

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Duloxetine discontinuation, now 15mg, tapering from 60mg during last 30 days, switching to low dose venlafaxine?(because of severe withdrawal symptoms).

Duloxetine discontinuation, now 15mg, tapering from 60mg during last 30 days, switching to low dose venlafaxine?(because of severe withdrawal symptoms).

Both are SNRI: Gradually tapering off is the right formula for snri discontinuation. Venlafaxine is the same group snri anti-depressant. Venlafaxine has a good efficiency and safety record. However, you should know that discontinuation can lead to venlafaxine withdrawal syndrome. ...Read more

Nicotine Withdrawal/Cessation Of Smoking (Definition)

The set of distressing physical symptoms that occur when you stop using an addictive substance like cigarettes (which contain nicotine). ...Read more


Nicotine (Definition)

Nicotine is a stimulant drug found in cigarettes and is the ...Read more