Withdrawal Symptoms

What Withdrawal Symptoms Might I Experience?

It’s useful to be aware of the type of withdrawal symptoms you may experience when you quit smoking.

Here are some common withdrawal symptoms:

  • Anger, irritability and frustration
  • Anxiety, feeling nervous and tense
  • Depressed mood
  • Difficulty concentrating and feeling confused
  • Impatience and restlessness
  • Insomnia and waking up at night

Some smokers have reported these other symptoms when quitting:

  • Constipation
  • Coughing and flu symptoms
  • Dizziness
  • Increased dreaming and nightmares
  • Mouth ulcers

Remember, nicotine withdrawal symptoms usually peak after a few days of quitting smoking, but generally only last about 10-14 days.

That means in just a couple of weeks, you’ll be well on your way to living smoke-free!

Find out more about smoking dependence

It’s important to note that if you do experience these symptoms, it doesn’t necessarily mean they are withdrawal symptoms. They may be associated with an existing condition or medication, so it’s advisable to consult your GP if you experience any of these symptoms.

Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) products can help to minimise or eliminate withdrawal symptoms – find out more about NRT.

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Although withdrawal symptoms don’t last that long, it’s a good idea to treat yourself in this period. Why not start planning how you’ll reward yourself?
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