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What are some of the withdrawal symptoms when quitting smoking and what can be done to prevent them?


Smoking People who quit using tobacco products may experience a variety of withdrawal symptoms, including the following:

  • A craving for tobacco
  • Anxiety
  • Decreased blood pressure and heart rate
  • Depression
  • Difficulty sleeping, restlessness
  • Drowsiness
  • Headache
  • Increased appetite and weight gain
  • Increased skin temperature
  • Irritability, difficulty concentrating
  • Upset stomach

While these symptoms tend to go away over time, using nicotine replacement products - such as patches, lozenges, and gum - can help to reduce withdrawal symptoms. The prescription medication Zyban SR® (bupropion) can help reduce withdrawal symptoms and lessen the urge to smoke.

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