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Sunday, March 9, 2014
Smoking and Tobacco
Nicotine withdrawal symptoms
I stopped smoking 1 month ago using the 14mg patch. I did not apply a patch today and suddenly became very dizzy, nauseated and unfocused. I also experienced a bloody nose! How long will this go on?
According to the American Cancer Society:
Typical symptoms of nicotine withdrawal can include: depression, feelings of anger and frustration, irritability, trouble sleeping, difficulty concentrating, restlessness, headache, tiredness, and increased appetite.
"Nicotine affects the brain. It basically creates pleasure in the brain, and it elevates a person's mood. So, when they quit smoking, a lot of people find they become very sad and depressed," Saunders said. "People need help with those depressed moments."
You should see your physician, as a bloody nose is not a symptom of nicotine withdrawal and could be a sign of something more serious.
A good website to refer to is the American Cancer Society:
Kathy Vesha, RN, BSN, MA
The Ohio State University