Q. Can smoking aggravate OCD?

Answered by
Dr. Aditya Gupta
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
Published on Sep 04, 2018

Hello doctor,

I was suffering from OCD for four years. I had taken medication Fluoxetine and Clomipramine for it. I had recently started smoking one year back and now want to quit. I just want to know that does smoking further harm OCD.

Dr. Aditya Gupta

Psychiatry Sexology
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Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

Smoking can affect your OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder). First, it can exacerbate the associated anxiety thus worsening OC symptoms. Second, it can affect the blood levels of medicines you are taking for treatment thus affecting their efficacy. The other harms of smoking are well known. So I would suggest you quit smoking.


Thank you doctor,

Will it cause a relapse of OCD or further aggravate the problem if I quit?

Dr. Aditya Gupta

Psychiatry Sexology
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Hello,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

No, it would not cause a relapse or aggravation of symptoms. Infact it would help to maintain your health in general. Just inform the treating psychiatrist about it so that he can make dose adjustment if needed.

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