Side Effects of Quit Smoking Aids
While most people try to stop smoking with the use of a stop smoking aid, many do not realize the possibilities of serious side effects with some of them. Here, we will be exploring side effects linked to the three most popular types of stop smoking aids.
While most Chantix side effects are mild, there is new information linking this drug to more serious side effects.
The FDA announced that it is likely an association between Chantix and serious neuropsychiatric symptoms. Chantix should not be used while driving, piloting airplanes or operating machinery. Chantix has been banned by the FAA for use by pilots and air traffic controllers because Chantix may cause unconsciousness, seizures and hallucinations.
Of all the psychological side effects reported to the FDA, there were 525 reports of hostility or aggression, 297 cases of possible psychosis, 224 reports of heart trouble, 41 cases of homicidal thinking and 28 suicides, and 173 serious injuries from traffic accidents associated with unconsciousness, dizziness, muscle spasms or mental confusion, 544 reports of glycemic problems which would include diabetes, as well as reports of severe skin conditions.
Common Chantix Side Effects include: Nausea, Sleep Disturbances, Constipation, Flatulence, and Vomiting.
More Serious Chantix Side Effects include: Severe allergic reactions, Nightmares, Insomnia, Depression, Suicidal thoughts, Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, Hepatitis, and Liver Failure.
Nicotine gum side effects are most often mild and are experienced when the gum is not used as directed. More severe side effects are attributed to allergic reactions, underlying medical conditions, or an overdose of nicotine. There is a proper process to chew nicotine gum and if done incorrectly, the person may feel lightheaded, nausea, vomiting and hiccups because of the quick absorption of nicotine.
Side effects may include: headaches, indigestion, jaw ache, mouth sores, and even an increase of saliva. Another occurring side effect would be apparent constriction of the muscles of the throat. As nicotine constricts the blood vessels in the gums, use of nicotine gum for a long period of time can also lead to gum diseases due to inadequate blood flow. Research has revealed that approximately one third of people using nicotine gum to quit smoking experience hair loss.
Side effects related to allergic reactions are much more severe. They can include difficulty in breathing, dizziness, swelling of gums and severe itching.
Nicotine overdose is one of the major concerns of using the nicotine gum. It can occur if the individual continues to smoke or using more gum than what was directed. People with a history of heartburn are likely to experience flare ups. Side effects related to nicotine overdose include: chest pain, irregular heartbeat, nausea, vomiting, along with severe dizziness, blurring of vision and seizures.
Nicotine Patch (otherwise known as Transdermal Patches)
Mild and Severe Side Effects may include: headache, dizziness, drowsiness, lightheadedness, nausea, stomach upset, skin irritation at the site of the patch. In most people, these side effects disappear once the body gets adjusted to the product. But, if the symptoms persist or worsen, consult your doctor.
Severe Nicotine Side Effects may include irregular heartbeat, chest pain, tremors, nervousness, breathing trouble, diarrhea, cold sweats, vision problems, extreme fatigue, seizures, and confusion. Of course you would need to seek medical attention with these symptoms.
It has also been noted that people who use nicotine patches for 24 hours experience insomnia as well as abnormal dreams.
Side effects related to allergic reactions to the materials and/or adhesives in the product include: itching, burning, stinging, redness, and swelling at the location of the patch. Severe allergic reactions can include watery eyes and breathing troubles.
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