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. Peggy Rittenberry says:

    I have been quit smoking 2 weeks today. I have felt pretty lousy ever since I stopped smoking, depressed, horrible headaches, even trouble with my (previously) controlled blood pressure running high.

    Low energy, loss of interest in things I used to enjoy. Especially writing. I have been working on my life memoir, and the smoking just seemed to go perfect with it, (weird, I know). I have noticed an increase in my appetite and have gained 7 lbs. since quitting.

    I was also recently diagnosed by my Cardiologist with having Cardiomyopathy, and I have high triglycerides and High Cholesterol, plus low (good cholesterol). Truly, I had been eating healthy since June of 2014 when I was diagnosed w/non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, weighed 190.

    Stopped eating all white flour, sugar, only grilled or baked fish, salmon, chicken, lots of vegetables, fruit, unsweetened almond milk, (food allergies) and had lost down to 163 lbs. Back up to 170 since quit smoking and have been craving…..carb’s like crazy! Anyone else crave sweets badly after stop smoking?

    I still intend to stay quit, and hope and pray I start feeling better, more energetic, etc. I also have other health problems that contribute to these symptoms as well. Hypothyroidism, Bipolar, Anxiety Disorder, PTSD. But bottom line is, I am still blessed and God is always good!

  2. JOSEPH says:

    i stop smoking after 45 years and this is 2nd week and i am feeling vvery weak and lazy and throat drying i am not to go back to smoke but this funny feeling in me.

  3. Dinesh Khan says:

    Surprising I have given up smoking for the past 17 days and now sitting in the clinic where my blood pressure check showed a reading of 159/92

    • Rudy says:

      There are many reasons why a person’s blood pressure goes up but obviously quitting smoking is not one of them.

      During the withdrawal stage, your BP might go up due to side effects but this is only temporary, after 17 days it should go back to normal unless there is another reason behind it or you may have hypertension.

      Have you been consuming food more than you ate before?

      This is usually the common reason why ex-smokers gain weight and their blood pressure goes up; they appreciate the taste of food better thus they tend to eat more than they have to.

      What about exercise? Now that you have quit, you should start revitalizing your physical body by exercising daily.

      If after living a healthy lifestyle and your BP doesn’t normalize then you have to visit your physician.

      Congratulations by the way!

  4. Robert says:

    I am 46, quit 7 days ago, and am having ridiculous cravings still. My big problem is my lack of concentration. I can’t focus at all and I feel like I am crawling out of my skin. I constantly want to just go to sleep and not wake up for two weeks until this is gone.

    Unfortunately, I havent reached that point where I feel like a non-smoker. Instead, I feel like a smoker walking around with something missing. Theres this big hole, it’s crazy….especially since the hole is from something that was bad for me. Nothing is filling it. I’m sure it will get better it just sucks now. It’s as if I broke up with a girlfriend who was super super bad for me but I loved her anyway. I’m super sad I don’t have a cigarette in my hand. Isnt that ridiculous? But its true.

    I quit about 20 years ago, and stayed that way until about 8 years ago when my daughter was born, I started again. I remember it being A LOT easier the first time. This is nighmarish. But I will keep going, I won’t start smoking again. I can’t wait until all this is a distant memory.

  5. Anna says:

    It’s my 7th day of quitting smoking and it’s so worth it! I don’t stink anymore, I don’t look like a thief, always looking for the right timing to sneak out and smoke and I already saved 10 dollars.

    Thanks to you all.

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