Withdrawal from nicotine, the addictive drug found in tobacco, which has symptoms that include headaches, anxiety, nausea, and cravings for more tobacco. Nicotine creates a chemical dependency so that the body develops a need for a certain level of nicotine at all times. Without that nicotine your body will begin to go through withdrawal.
For tobacco users who are trying to quit smoking, the symptoms of withdrawal from nicotine can be very unpleasant and stressful. But you must remember if you’re trying to quit smoking, that these symptoms are only temporary. Most of the withdrawal symptoms are worse 48 hours after you quit and are completely gone in about six months.
Some of the common symptoms of withdrawal
- Being more hungry or gaining weight
- Being restless and jumpy
- Being irritable‚ on edge
- Having trouble sleeping
- sometimes feeling down or sad
After the initial six months, you may still have to deal with the fact that many people trying to quit smoking find themselves eating more and gaining weight in the process.
The craving for a cigarette can last longer than all the other symptoms of withdrawal. These cravings are usually set off by reminders of smoking. This is something you really need to plan for. Try to avoid situations that would normally trigger you to light up a cigarette. Maybe you need to avoid that smoky bar on a Friday night, or that group of friends that constantly smoke. Sometime something has simple as drinking a cup of coffee can be a trigger to some people. You just need to know what your triggers are and try to avoid them, and if not just be prepared to handle the craving for a cigarette.
Just remember, these withdrawal symptoms and craving will go away, and the benefits to your health and wallet far exceed anything you got from smoking. So stick with it, YOU CAN DO IT.