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Understanding Nicotine Withdrawal -- Symptoms

What Are the Symptoms of Nicotine Withdrawal?

In active tobacco users, a lack of nicotine produces a wide range of withdrawal symptoms, including any or all of the following:

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Falling heart rate and blood pressure
  • Fatigue, drowsiness, and insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Increased hunger and caloric intake
  • Increased desire for the taste of sweets
  • Tobacco cravings


Call Your Doctor About Nicotine Withdrawal If:

  • You're a tobacco user concerned about your health for any reason. Tobacco users are more susceptible to respiratory problems, circulatory problems such as stroke and heart attack, and many forms of cancer.
  • You want to stop using tobacco. Your doctor can prescribe nicotine and non-nicotine aids, and can refer you to counseling or group cessation programs to get you through the hardest part of quitting.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Varnada Karriem-Norwood, MD on March 17, 2014

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