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anoama posted:
Hello! I've decided to quit smoking, yet again. The things that made me start smoking again last time I tried to quit were severe headaches and the muscles in my face would tense up and I would find myself clenching my teeth a lot. Does anyone have any advice on how to make these withdraw symptoms less terrible??? Thanks for any help!! Angie
Jonathan Foulds, PhD responded:
Severe headaches are not a typical nicotine withdrawal symptom and neither is severe facial tension...but everyone is different. Is it possible you are taking some medication, or drinking alot of caffeine? The metabolism of some drugs (including caffeine) slows down byabout 50% when you quit smoking... giving you higher blood levels of that drug. On the other hand, if you quite caffeine at the same time as cigarettes, that could cause the headaches. General advice for treating nicotine withdrawal is to use nicotine replacement therapy (like nicotine patch, gum or lozenge).

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