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Odd Withdrawal Symptoms?
HJS28 posted:
Hi, this is my first post, but I need some advice:

I'm on day 5 of quitting smoking, using a nicotine patch which is helping through the worst of the cravings.

But my body seems to be doing some strange things since I stopped smoking and I'm not sure if they are normal or if I should go see a doctor (I'm admittedly a bit of a hypochondriac)

The first is that my stomach is turning and rolling almost constantly. I don't mean nausea, I can feel gas and air going through my body all the time. It's somewhat uncomfortable.

The second is that I'm having a strange fluttering in my chest. Usually it happens when I lay down, but sometimes it happens during any activity from cooking dinner to reading to running. I don't think it's my heart, but it's right in the center of my chest and very odd feeling.

Today I feel very dizzy, having a hard time concentrating and there's a very strange, almost sweet taste in my mouth. I know the first two are symptoms of nicotine withdrawal but the last one is kind of odd.

I don't have any health problems other than anxiety disorder, that I know of. In fact even as a smoker I had a BP of 80 over 50 and run 10km everyday.

Any thoughts? Has anyone else had very strange symptoms when quitting? Or symptoms similar to these? It's mostly the fluttering in my chest and the strange sweet taste in my mouth that are making me concerned.

Thanks in advance!
Jonathan Foulds, PhD responded:
Some people using the nicotine patch report an unusual taste in their mouth (more often described as "metalic").
Hard to say what the other symptoms are. Note that when you quit smoking your metabolism of some drugs slows down. Caffeine is one of them. So if you consume caffeine you may get caffeine levels 50% higher than you previously did....which can cause a fluttery feeling in the chest. Let us know how it progresses, and keep going with your quit are off to a great start.

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