Handle withdrawal

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Learn about the common symptoms of withdrawal — and activities that might help you get through it.

Make it easier on yourself

SymptomActivity
Dry mouth (sore throat, gums, or tongue)Sip ice-cold water or chew gum.
HeadachesTake a warm bath or shower.
Trouble sleepingDon't drink coffee, tea, or soda with caffeine after 6 p.m. Try relaxation or meditation techniques.
Constipation

Add fiber to your diet, such as raw fruit, vegetables, and whole-grain cereals. Drink 6 to 8 glasses of water a day.

FatigueMake sure to schedule time for extra rest. Go easy on yourself during this time. Your body is working hard to heal, especially in the first few weeks.
HungerDrink water or low-calorie liquids. Eat low-fat, low-calorie snacks like crunchy vegetables.
IrritabilityTake a walk, soak in a hot bath, try relaxation or meditation techniques.
CoughSip warm herbal tea. Suck on sugarless cough drops or hard candy.

Find additional support at the quit smoking classes at our medical facilities. Browse our health classes directory to see what's available at your facility.

You also can check out our tips to avoid cravings.

Reviewed by: EW Emanuel, MD, February 2016

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