Quitting Smoking

Smoking results in various chronic diseases, such as cancer, heart problems, stroke, and lung diseases, which results in premature death. All these diseases can be prevented by quitting smoking. Some methods that can help you quit smoking are nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), Varenicline, Bupropion, and E-cigarettes.

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Is it advisable to smoke once a day with 9 to 10 Nicotex gums?

Query: Hello doctor, I have smoked excessively (a pack a day) for six years now. I feel the need to quit now but nothing will give me the same feeling and hit that a cigarette gives me. So I have decided to gradually reduce the habit. I have bought a pack of Nicotex and instead of quitting cold turkey, I ...  Read Full »


Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. My recommendations would be not to take Nicotine on regular basis. Instead of that, take it whenever you have craving for it. You may take up to 8 to 10 tablets initially, but you have to reduce that also, as few people get addicted to that also. I would recommend you to...  Read Full »

Will diet and exercise regress mild concentric LVH?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 31 years old and have mild concentric left ventricular hypertrophy and grade 2 diastolic dysfunction. I was an alcoholic and used to smoke for the past five years, but now I have quit. I am on Nebivolol 5 mg and Amlodipine 2.5 mg medication. My diastolic blood pressure was higher...  Read Full »


Dr. Amiya Kumar Chattopadhyay

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Do not worry; completely stop smoking and alcohol forever. Do not restart again, as it will adversely affect your health. I suggest you try taking the following medicines. Consult your specialist doctor, discuss with him or her and start taking the medicines after their...  Read Full »

Is using nicotine gum the correct way to quit smoking?

Query: Hello doctor,I am 19 years old. I have a habit of smoking from the last one year. I tried to quit smoking. But, it is not possible. Is it correct to use nicotine gum?  Read Full »


Dr. Mashfika N Alam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Trying to quit smoking is a very good idea and since you have only been smoking for a year, quitting now will be much easier than doing it any later. Nicotine gum and lozenges are both good replacements and have proven to be effective. Normally, side effects may occu...  Read Full »

My CRP level is 8.3. Does it mean anything serious?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 19 year old male. I lately made blood and urine test to check my kidneys and liver. Thankfully, I found everything to be within the normal range except for the C-reactive protein serum, and it was 8.3 mg/L. I would like to know what that mean. Also, I am feeling cramps in my stomac...  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. All your reports are normal (attachment removed to protect patient identity) except CRP (c-reactive protein). It is a marker of inflammation in the body. It indicates that some damage is going on in the body and your case it is because of smoking. It also indicates t...  Read Full »

I have chronic cough even after quitting smoking before years. What could be the reason?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 53 years old, and have quit smoking 19 years ago. I still have a chronic cough. Each specialist tells me something different. The pulmonologist told me it was asthma, and another doctor said it was acid reflux disease. Now they are telling me it is COPD. I do not have diminished...  Read Full »


Dr. Divakara. P

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. There is not much of difference between asthma and COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). COPD is usually seen in a person who has smoked a lot while asthma is seen from childhood, which is not in your case. Acid reflux can cause prolonged duration cough, but...  Read Full »

Does smoking cigarettes cause shortness of breath and increased heart rate?

Query: Hi doctor,I suffered from bronchitis, four years ago. Since it got cured, I smoked cigarettes for two years and gradually stopped smoking. Recently, I have high blood pressure, increased heart rate, and I have shortness of breath. I started running 2 km daily. Why am I having all these symptoms?  Read Full »


Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. As you have a history of smoking, smoking-induced left ventricular hypertrophy, emphysema, bronchitis, pulmonary congestion, etc., can lead to such presentation. You need to do the following investigations: Auscultation. Chest x-ray. 2D echocardiography o...  Read Full »

I got a PFT done. Kindly check and guide me if the values are fine.

Query: Hi doctor, I have a signal arthritis. Rib cage hurts when I breathe. I had a clear COPD four years back and normal PFT. I stopped smoking ten years ago. I am a swimmer and have breathing problem. I also have suspected connective tissue disease. I am currently taking Humira, Methotrexate and daily I ...  Read Full »


Dr. Divakara. P

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Well, your pulmonary function test (PFT) values are totally fine. Any value above 80% of predicted value is considered as normal. So, your values are too good. For further information consult a pulmonologist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/...  Read Full »

What is the treatment for alcohol and smoking addiction?

Query: Hello doctor, My husband is addicted to alcohol and smoking. What treatment is recommended?  Read Full »


Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. First of all, treatment for alcohol addiction and smoking is a self-decision and self-will. If he is willing to stop, you can get help from de-addiction centers for medicines. To reduce alcohol cravings, I would suggest Acamprosate (synthetic amino acid) and Etizolam f...  Read Full »

Can smoking cause clubbed nails?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 23 year old male, who weighs 195 lbs and I am 5.10 feet tall. All of my fingers are clubbed. My nails have become wide and thick giving them an abnormal round appearance. The skin above my cuticles is slightly raised and red. My nails do not extend straight out, but they curve d...  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen the photo (attachment removed to protect patient identity) of your nails and fingers, and it is in fact clubbing. The cause is smoking-induced lung damage and bronchiectasis. Regarding the reversibility, we cannot be sure at this moment, as it will d...  Read Full »

Why do I have intercostal strain and blood in sputum?

Query: Hello doctor, Recently, I was diagnosed with an intercostal strain. The symptoms are pain in the area of strain and swelling. Unfortunately, I have developed a frightening symptom where I am coughing up blood coated mucus. My father who worked as an EMT says that it is not an emergency and that I sh...  Read Full »


Dr. Sumit Srivastava

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Blood in sputum should not be ignored and should be taken seriously. The causes could be bronchitis, bronchiectasis, lung abscess, etc. High rate of cigarette smoking is the main underlying cause for the above mentioned pathological diseases. You have to under...  Read Full »

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