What are nicotine withdrawal symptoms? - A Guide to Stop Smoking

These are symptoms caused by your body wanting its daily ‘fix’ of nicotine. Nicotine is a highly addictive drug that acts like a stimulant on both your mind and body. And it also leads to dependency.

But when you don’t have a cigarette your body sends signals to your brain which are interpreted as cravings. And lighting up a cigarette eases those cravings.

If you stop smoking then nicotine levels in your body will fall which causes a range of symptoms that include:

  • Headaches
  • Coughing and the bringing up of mucus
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Insomnia and sleep disturbances
  • Lack of concentration
  • Nausea
  • Constipation
  • Increased appetite which can lead to weight gain
  • Tingling (‘pins and needles’) in your extremities
  • Cravings
  • Restlessness and dizziness
  • Tiredness
  • Anger and irritability

Everyone is different in regard to these symptoms. Some people have few symptoms where others have a difficult time with them.

These symptoms are likely to be worse in those people with the heaviest addiction.

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