What are the Common Quitting Smoking Side Effects

Are you ready to quit or something is holding you back?

You’ve probably heard people trying to quit smoking only to face all the ugly stuff known as side effects or withdrawal symptoms.

In return, this may have raised your curiosity about the possible side effects of quitting smoking. Like any other forms of addiction, you’ll be experiencing unfavorable effects when trying to quit.

It’s not that difficult and there’s nothing to be scared of because with proper assistance and care, you’ll be surprised that one day, you won’t even remember the miserable life you lived as a smoker.

Side Effects are Inevitable

Everyone will go through the withdrawal stage-no exception.

One way or or the other, everyone will also experience certain side effects.

We all know that nicotine is a very addictive substance found in cigarettes. A very clever toxin, it binds to the different areas of your body, including the brain’s receptors, giving you that pleasant sensation every time you smoke.

Once your body gets used to it, it can be very difficult to come off. So once you quit, chemical imbalances starts to happen inside your body. And since you’re cutting the supply of nicotine to your system, withdrawal symptoms will start to appear.

Both your moods and emotions are going to be affected. You will become irritable, depressed or anxious. I assume you are familiar and used to this kind of feelings especially when you are craving but are not allowed to smoke.

Most of the time, you feel you are “on edge” and unable to focus in your routines. Things that would normally take you a couple of minutes to complete but today, you’ve been staring at it for more than 15 minutes.

Common Side Effects (Nicotine Withdrawal Symptoms)

  • Mood Swings (Irritability)
  • Headaches
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue, drowsiness, and insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Dry Mouth (Thirst)
  • Increased Appetite (Improvement of Taste Buds)
  • Mild to Sever Cough (Cleansing of the Lungs)
  • Confusion
  • Weight Loss (loss of appetite)
  • Weight Gain (increase of appetite)
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Boredom
  • Restlessness
  • Frustration
  • Colds

Rare Side Effects

  • Bleeding Gums
  • Dizziness
  • Low Blood Pressure

One or more of these are usually experienced during the withdrawal stage but some are also felt days right after you quit.

As soon as you quit, you will discover that smoking actually destroys concentration and that is one bad side effects of nicotine withdrawal.

These side effects again are not serious so instead of worrying, rejoice, because sooner than you think your body will revert back to its original state as a non-smoker.

Like what most smokers are doing, don’t use these side effects as an excuse to continue pampering your addiction, these are just temporary and will go away in a few days.

Side effects are not serious nor life threatening. Although it may cause alarm to others especially if your cough gets worse even after you quit for several days.

The best way to overcome this kind of anxiety is to live your life as normally as you could. Be productive and use your time wisely. Go out and walk, watch a movie, play with your dog, go to the park or start a hobby.

Side effects can be annoying, but they are not going to stay long. They will leave you as soon as your body starts living without nicotine.

During the withdrawal stage, you might experience difficulty in going to sleep, or the quality of your sleep degraded. This is perfectly normal, do some exercise, tire yourself to help you sleep at night. You may also take over-the-counter sleep aid or better yet talk to your physician.

Not everyone is going to experience all these side effects, each individual varies from one to another. So just in case you experience any of this, don’t take it too seriously, it will soon pass, count the days and sooner than you think, you will be non-smoker just like us.

Your Body is Cleansing Itself

What about sharp pain in the chest, coughs, colds, headaches, fever, etc. Well, your body is healing itself and trying to get rid of the toxic waste you dumped into it, so it’s quite normal if ever you feel them.

Just don’t forget to drink plenty of water. If your head aches and it becomes unbearable, take aspirin or pain reliever and be prepared for coughing out a lot of dirty phlegm (ughhhh) out of your body.

Although the side effects can be pretty bad at first, remember it’s not going to last forever. After 10 days, the symptoms will start to dwindle, and you’ll feel healthier day after day. Right off the bat, they’re pretty nasty, but it’s fortunate to know that you can actually minimize those symptoms the first day.

We know that nicotine withdrawals can be overbearing and the side effects can be at times too huge for you to handle. But hold on to your horses, taking nicotine forever isn’t healthy for you as well. You either stop today or suffer forever.

The Important Thing is You Quit

Keep in mind that these quitting smoking side effects are only short-lived.

Learn what happens when you quit smoking and at the end, you will see that what you’ve been through is all worth it because you’ve freed yourself from a nasty habit, addiction and misery.

As mentioned earlier, the moment you stop smoking your body starts to rebuild itself, and you’ll notice positive effects that quitting has brought in. Overtime, you’ll feel healthier and better.

Quitting is not an easy road to take but worth all the effort. If they can do it, there’s no reason you can’t.

The side effects when you quit smoking are all but temporary, always visualize the end results, many are quitting each day, join us, do the right thing by ending your habit and addiction today.

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  1. Rosy says:

    After having been a smoker for almost 20 years, ive finally quit and this time its the real deal. Most of my life i was a social smoker but alot of my friends are smokers also so i ended up smoking more at home as well.
    I cant even remember how many days its been. 15-20 i think. I just remember having a cigarette and i suddenly thought ‘im gonna quit’ and i didnt think about it again and i havent lit up since. So i have been lucky. Quitting was the easy part. Now im starting withdrawal.
    Last week i raced out to my 2 cigarettes i have under the coffee table and pretended to take a big puff and it helped. This week, im a bit more emotional.
    On the upside, my tastebuds are coming back and i dont get as frustrated as easily as i did as a smoker. Chocolate is tasting amaaaaazing….thats my craving right now! ???? im so happy i can start the new year feeling more motivated.
    My bf is still smoking but he will quit when he turns 40 which is in a couple of weeks but im noticing the smell more and when he goes to work, i put the ashtray out of sight coz its gross!
    Overall, for me, quitting wasnt a tough decision but i know its not the same for everybody. My bf quit drugs cold turkey when he was young so i believe he will do the same this time round and i believe that for all of you thinking about quitting, you too have the will power. You just have to believe in yourself and know its the right thing for your body. Keep busy, keep good people around you and dont be shy to ask for help.

  2. Julian says:

    I’ve smoked for 25 years woke up and was like…IM DONE with these!!!…It’s been 14 days….I’m still going through 3 t-shirts at night from sweating …Sleep?…lol.. if that is what you call it!!!…and this cough that Is on everyone at works last nerve… but they understand, so there being cool about it…All in all at this stage I thought I would be craving a smoke or 2 by now…but I haven’t and I had some cocktails and so forth…What I do know is My wife is still smoking and she stinks..(whatever…and shes salty cause she thought I was playn around Nah Luv this is real.)….If I could cough the rest of this sludge up I would be cool….so if your thinking about it… QUITING??? do it 1st 2 weeks is rough than its like where can I go to get my lungs scraped…cause this is the worst part Coughing and Spitting EWWW NASTY!

  3. Joram says:

    Hi, I’m 32, was a pretty light regular smoker, maybe 3 to five a day, but could smoke a lot whilst drinking which disgusted me, so I quit completely twenty four days ago. First few days were pretty tough and had some trouble focusing at work, I’m a teacher. Also, had some worrying random pains etc. quitting is definitely pretty tough, but on the whole, I feel a lot better. When I was going to sleep with a pain somewhere, I just said to myself, ‘don’t worry, you’re getting better.’ This calmed me down. Also had two or three beers a couple of times to relax as well. I’d suggest quitting to everyone, you notice a lot of improvements from better circulation etc, if only my wife was interested! But yeah, it’s still tough, maybe that’s why I’m posting, but totally worth it. If anyone reads this post worrying about this or that, please take it from me, it’s a rocky ride, but totally worthwhile. Good luck and wish me luck. Ps, I’ve derived a lot of encouragement from this forum from day one.

  4. Willie H. says:

    Hey, I’m 26 ain’t have been smoking for 10 years.I really want to break the habit.I been using niccorette .Its has been helping a lot.I tends to smoke once a day just because it seems like I’m forgetting to do something through the day.other than that I don’t have a erge to smoke.hopefully I go all the way through with it

  5. Lin says:

    Hey everyone! Thanks so much for sharing your experiences. I’m currently on day 20 of no smoking and it is gradually getting easier. At first I was depressed and emotional but, as expected, the symptoms have eased up. I attribute my success to willpower, keeping stress levels down, exercise, and nicotine replacement therapies. Sometimes I worry that I rely too much on NRT s but they seriously help with the craving and they are better than cigs. Just hope I don’t get addicted to them too. I am so thankful every day to be a non smoker. I feel more calm, confident, and ultimately free from a habit that I was disgusted to have. It’s liberating to have control over something that defined me for so long. Hang in there fellow non smokers!!

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