Feeling Sick After Quitting Smoking? Can It Be Treated?

If you have just quit smoking or are considering quitting, you may be worried about feeling sick and other symptoms. It can be days after you quit or the night after your last cigarette. And it can last from a minute to weeks.

Why Do We Feel Sick After Quitting?

When we do not take nicotine, many factors come together to create that feeling of nausea in our stomach. First of all, nicotine is a powerful stimulant. This causes our nervous system, stomach and intestines to overreact. In the end, our bodies pay the price. In the absence of nicotine, our hormones and body chemicals become imbalanced. This causes nausea. Another factor in nausea in the absence of nicotine is our blood sugar. When we smoke, our body adjusts to the chemical reactions that nicotine causes in our blood. Once you quit, it should adjust again and there may be signs of low blood sugar. This can cause nausea and headaches.

In addition, nicotine can cause or contribute to:

  • Hole stomach syndrome
  • Heartburn
  • Ulcer
  • Intestinal contraction syndromeThese experiences vary from person to person. In worst case scenarios, several people reported symptoms that lasted for weeks and got stronger each morning. But usually, after a week or so, these disappear as our bodies return to normal.

Nicotine Lack Causes Nausea

You have several options for relieving nicotine-free nausea. The most preferred is prescription treatment. While these are sometimes effective, sometimes they can have many side effects. Some of us find a few simple dietary changes sufficient. Drinking green tea with honey, light, healthy and easily digestible meals may be enough to curb the nausea that occurs after quitting. Smoking cessation programs are getting more and more popular. These systems take into account both psychological and physical addictions. By analyzing the problem correctly, withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, anxiety, depression, crisis and many more can be eliminated.