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I have been nicotine free for 6 days.. I know I have been having withdrawals but how long will this last??

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Dr. Nayana Trivedi
Internal Medicine
5 doctors agree

In brief: Great job

Stay focused and determined.
If you were smoking for a short time and infrequently then the craving will go away soon. However if you were smoking regularly 1/2 to 1 PPD then if the craving may last a little longer. 2 weeks are the worse. Try sugarless Gum, Celery/cucumber to keep mouth busy,hang on to pen or pencil to keep hand occupied. You are half way there. Stay strong

In brief: Great job

Stay focused and determined.
If you were smoking for a short time and infrequently then the craving will go away soon. However if you were smoking regularly 1/2 to 1 PPD then if the craving may last a little longer. 2 weeks are the worse. Try sugarless Gum, Celery/cucumber to keep mouth busy,hang on to pen or pencil to keep hand occupied. You are half way there. Stay strong
Dr. Nayana Trivedi
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Dr. Robert Sterling
Emergency Medicine
5 doctors agree

In brief: Forever

Once hooked on nicotine,like alcohol,always hooked.
The physical withdrawal period is surprisingly brief,say, a week or so.But the psychological withdrawal (meaning desire to smoke,or missing it a lot)can last a long long time and requires mental discipline from now on.A percentage are free completely,but don't count on it.It's Like an ex- you had a stormy end with but still feel ambivalent about

In brief: Forever

Once hooked on nicotine,like alcohol,always hooked.
The physical withdrawal period is surprisingly brief,say, a week or so.But the psychological withdrawal (meaning desire to smoke,or missing it a lot)can last a long long time and requires mental discipline from now on.A percentage are free completely,but don't count on it.It's Like an ex- you had a stormy end with but still feel ambivalent about
Dr. Robert Sterling
Dr. Robert Sterling
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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
Addiction Medicine

In brief: Highly variable

In most people the severe cravings, irritability, trouble sleeping, anxiety and muscle tics can go on for a couple-three weeks and then gradually improves.
Some have it shorter, others longer, depending on the degree of both physical and psychological dependency. There are many products to reduce the symptoms (nicotine patches, gum etc./lobeline/chantix) but it will go away. Good luck/stay quit!!

In brief: Highly variable

In most people the severe cravings, irritability, trouble sleeping, anxiety and muscle tics can go on for a couple-three weeks and then gradually improves.
Some have it shorter, others longer, depending on the degree of both physical and psychological dependency. There are many products to reduce the symptoms (nicotine patches, gum etc./lobeline/chantix) but it will go away. Good luck/stay quit!!
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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Dr. Linda Callaghan
Addiction Medicine

In brief: Depends

It depends on how long and how much you smoked.
Some people take as long as a month and unfortunately, some do not make it at all unless they have help.

In brief: Depends

It depends on how long and how much you smoked.
Some people take as long as a month and unfortunately, some do not make it at all unless they have help.
Dr. Linda Callaghan
Dr. Linda Callaghan
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