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How to cope with nicotine withdrawal symptoms

​​​Symptoms

Many people who start smoking again do it because they feel they can’t cope with the cravings and withdrawal symptoms.

The first few days can be hard, but the symptoms are a good sign that the body is starting to recover. As long as you do not have a single puff of a cigarette these will get much easier and most will disappear within four weeks.​

How to cope

Symptoms What’s happening? How to cope
Intense desire to smoke Your brain is missing the nicotine fix Remember each craving only lasts six minutes. It will get easier so long as you do not have even a puff of a cigarette
Coughing Your lungs are clearing of tar This will improve quite quickly. Warm drinks will help
Hunger Your metabolism is changing, food tastes better since quitting Eat fruit and vegetables, chew sugarfree gum and drink lots of water
Constipation and diarrhoea Your body is returning to normal and it will settle down Drink lots of water, eat fresh fruit and veg, and exercise. If it persists try over-the-counter products, or see a healthcare professional
Trouble sleeping Nicotine is leaving the body Cut down on tea and coffee. Lasts about two to three​ weeks
Dizziness More oxygen and less carbon monoxide is going to the brain Persevere: this should stop after a few days
Mood swings, poor concentration, irritability Body is craving nicotine Signs of nicotine withdrawal will pass. Warn family and friends, ask for support
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