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Are muscle aches a common side effect when quitting smoking cigarettes?
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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
Addiction Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
Muscle aches are not invariable in people who are trying to quit smoking, but they do occur. Nicotine is a muscle relaxant, and in withdrawal muscles can get tighter, causing pain and sometimes even spasm ("charley-horses").
Hot baths or hot backs, a heating pad all may help. If they are severe, nicotine replacement with patches, gum or lozenges will do the trick.

In brief: Yes
Muscle aches are not invariable in people who are trying to quit smoking, but they do occur. Nicotine is a muscle relaxant, and in withdrawal muscles can get tighter, causing pain and sometimes even spasm ("charley-horses").
Hot baths or hot backs, a heating pad all may help. If they are severe, nicotine replacement with patches, gum or lozenges will do the trick.
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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Dr. Andrew Malinchak
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Muscle aches
Not that i'm aware of.

In brief: Muscle aches
Not that i'm aware of.
Dr. Andrew Malinchak
Dr. Andrew Malinchak
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