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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Why do I have strong heartbeats?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 24 year old male, who weighs 78 kg and is 180 cm tall. I do not consume alcohol, but smoke two cigarettes per day. Since the past few years, I feel my heartbeats are very strong. I can feel my heartbeat all the time. I have consulted three cardiologists already for this problem. ...  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You are feeling your heartbeats because of your enlarged and thickened heart. Thickening of the heart is typically seen in athletes. The heart size increases to cope with the increased stress, it is called as physiological cardiac hypertrophy. As a result, t...  Read Full »

When I smoke just two sticks of cigarette, I puke. What could be the reason?

Query: Hello doctor,I am an 18 year old. I was in a boarding school and tried smoking cigarettes quite a few times. I am not addicted to it. I just thought it was alright to try it a few times. I used to try three sticks in a span of three weeks. And then, I stopped for around three months. And now, when I...  Read Full »


Dr. Chandra Prakash Tanwar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. As you have been smoking previously quite a few times, then stopped and now again restarted it, you are feeling nauseous. It does not mean at all, that you have lung cancer. So, just do not worry. Smoking causes gastritis which is very common. I suggest you quit smoki...  Read Full »

I got my LFT done, and everything is normal except GGTP and SGPT levels. Kindly advice.

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 29 year old male. My weight is 75 kg and height is 5'11". Two years ago, I was a heavy drinker. But, nowadays I only drink beer once a week for about 6 to 7 pints. My SGOT AND SGPT levels were much higher two years ago. I think they were around 150 to 175. I just got my LFT done b...  Read Full »


Dr. Aditi Gupta Jha

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The liver function test report looks fine (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Although slightly elevated liver enzymes could mean slight inflammation, this is well within acceptable limits. There are a few precautions you must observe with complete avoidance...  Read Full »

I often have palpitations at bedtime. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am 19 and in good health. For about a year, I have had some strange heart palpitations. They tend to happen at night when I lie down. They are very strong beats and irregular. It lasts only a couple of minutes but is quite scary as it feels like my heart is beating out of control an...  Read Full »


Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Palpitations are very common, and usually, they are not serious until there are accompanying symptoms like lightheadedness, dizziness, fainting or drop attacks, etc. One of the most common causes of palpitations is anxiety, but it can also be due to heart rhythm prob...  Read Full »

I developed pancreatitis. Do i have chronic pancreatitis ?

Query: Hello Doctor, I developed pancreatic disease. I have been worsening the condition by taking the triggers (heavy food and alcohol). Last April and July I could manage with a strict diet to bring the inflammation and enzyme levels down. I am maintaining a low fat diet and I have reduced the amount ...  Read Full »


Dr. Ajit Naniksingh Kukreja

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your history and investigations.You are hypertensive, under medication for the same. You are also under medication for anxiety, gastritis and reflux.You are having acute attacks of pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas). If you continue taking...  Read Full »

Please suggest the best option to quit smoking.

Query: Hi doctor, Which is better for quitting smoking among Nicotine gum, Bupron, and Varenicline? Please suggest.  Read Full »


Dr. Nidhi Jain Bukharia

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. All three have different indications. Still, Varenicline is best to control smoking. They are known to reduce craving. Bupropion is preferred if associated depressive symptoms present. Nicotine gum or patch is preferred if the person cannot control desire by using the...  Read Full »

If I stop smoking, can I live long?

Query: Hi doctor, I have had a CT scan of the head, neck, and chest. My doctor told me that I have chronic sinus. I already knew these things and had sinus surgery. But, in the report, it was mentioned as mild emphysema. Can that get fixed if I stop smoking? I have been using Advair for years for asthma. ...  Read Full »


Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Emphysema is a non-reversible change in the lungs. But, yes, the further progression can be controlled by stopping smoking. Now, to know the extent of damage, I would advise you to go for a pulmonary function test (spirometry) that would help you to know the level of da...  Read Full »

What can I do to get rid of my heartburn?

Query: Hello doctor, I am suffering from heartburn, chest pain, nausea, and breathlessness. I got done 2D echo, ECG, vitamins D levels, endoscopy, and blood tests. All the reports are normal.  Read Full »


Dr. Surbhi Bansal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. There are several things you can do to prevent an episode of heartburn like: Avoid alcohol. Normally alcohol in moderation is well tolerated by many, but for people prone to acidity, even a small amount of alcohol can cause discomfort. Avoid smoking. The nicotine in to...  Read Full »

Can smoking cause recurrent angular cheilitis?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been diagnosed with angular cheilitis, and it is recurring in the same spot. As I am a chronic smoker and wear a mask for 12 hours during work, my lips are always dry with white patches. I have had oral thrush. I am sure this is just where the skin has broken, but I want to dou...  Read Full »


Dr. C Elanchezhian

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Kindly stop smoking. You have angular cheilitis and glossitis. Your recurrent ulcers may be due to vitamin deficiency and infection. So, kindly take plenty of green leafy vegetables. Kindly take the following medications; 1) Take tablet Ranitidine 1...  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. Parth R Goswami

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 or...  Read Full »

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