How does tobacco withdrawal feel?

Nicotine withdrawal: withdrawal symptoms, duration, tips

Recognize and alleviate withdrawal symptoms

The will to quit smoking is a crucial factor in successfully quitting smoking. But they set in a few hours after the last cigarette at the latest: the withdrawal symptoms. What nicotine does in the body, what withdrawal symptoms it causes and how long they last: you can find out all of this here.

What does nicotine do?

Withdrawal symptoms

Nicotine withdrawal: duration

What does nicotine do?

In our body, it makes the heart beat faster, the blood pressure rises and the body temperature falls. In addition, by absorbing nicotine, we process fats and carbohydrates faster. The increase in the ability to concentrate, the calming effect and the activation of the reward center can be perceived as physical effects.

Withdrawal symptoms / symptoms

Finally get away from the glowing stick. As a smoker, your body gets used to a constant level of nicotine in the blood or to a nicotine intake at certain times. Because nicotine releases adrenaline, dopamine and serotonin in the brain - messenger substances that evoke a feeling of reward. If you have not smoked for a long time or if you stop smoking, the nicotine level will drop again and the body can react with the following withdrawal symptoms:

  • Nervousness and restlessness
  • Poor concentration
  • moody behavior
  • increased feeling of hunger (see also: Quit smoking without gaining weight)
  • sleep disorders
  • a headache

Help with nicotine withdrawal

So-called nicotine replacement products, such as Nicotine patches or Nicotine gum, can help alleviate the symptoms of withdrawal. They release a small amount of therapeutic nicotine into the body, which is neither cancer nor causing cardiovascular disease.

When nicotine is fed into the body in this way, lower nicotine levels are achieved than when smoking. However, this is sufficient to successfully alleviate the desire to smoke and withdrawal symptoms - it becomes easier to quit smoking. In addition, when nicotine replacement preparations are used, nicotine uptake is much slower than with the cigarette - so there is no addiction-inducing kick. More information is available under "Nicotine replacement therapy“.

Nicotine withdrawal: duration

Everyone reacts differently to nicotine withdrawal, but they do physical addiction nicotine is overcome faster than many expect. In the first 72 hours are the Symptoms particularly intense, but gradually weaken over the next few days. In order to finally become smoke-free, a three-month therapy with Nicorette is recommended, during which the nicotine intake is gradually reduced. This allows the body to slowly wean itself from nicotine.

It is much more difficult to change the habits associated with smoking. You can use the mental withdrawal symptoms talk of nicotine. It becomes particularly difficult in situations in which, as a smoker, you would typically have taken up a cigarette: the cigarette break with colleagues, the morning coffee or stressful situations. In moments like this, simple tips can sometimes help Desire to smoketo manage. Here, too, a three-month therapy with Nicorette makes sense, as it takes about as long for the habits to change.

Due to the combination of physical and psychological dependence, the risk of relapse is relatively high in the first three months. It is therefore recommended that you use the nicotine replacement products for three months, so that you have time to concentrate on changing your smoking habits. If you come into a situation during this phase in which you have previously smoked, it makes sense to have a nicotine replacement preparation with you to counteract the physical desire to smoke.