Smoking Cessation

Smoking cessation, otherwise called quitting smoking, is when a person discontinues smoking tobacco. Tobacco contains an addictive substance called nicotine, which makes quitting smoking a challenge. Medications like Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) and antidepressants are used to help a person quit smoking.

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Can smoking nicotine-free cigarette a day cause hemoglobin to rise?

Query: Hello doctor, I recently was tested for testosterone levels, and in addition to a report on these levels, the laboratory report showed that my hemoglobin was 17.7. This has fluctuated from time to time. Last year, I was referred to a hematologist as my hemoglobin was high and my platelet count was l...  Read Full »


Dr. Singh Smrita

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have reviewed your complaints and your current medications. From that, I could deduce that you are on medication for hypothyroidism, hypertension, and glaucoma with additional multivitamins. Also, your testosterone levels are slightly elevated. Your elevated hemo...  Read Full »

Am I prone to lung cancer if I have a strong family history of smoking?

Query: Hello doctor,I am 29 years old, and I have smoked three and a half packs for years in total. I quit smoking three years ago, and I smoked half pack a day from ages 19 to 26. My great-grandmother on my grandfather's side died from lung cancer at 49. She was a very, very heavy smoker, and so was her h...  Read Full »


Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, lung cancer does have a genetic predisposition. However, it is not that anyone who has a family history of lung cancer will get it. Various other factors like heavy smoking, pollution, and body immunity also play a role. I do not find any reason to worry...  Read Full »

Why do I experience weakness, dizziness, shortness of breath, chest discomfort, eye pain, and tremors?

Query: Hello doctor, It started with loose motions 15 days ago and a slight fever for a few minutes, followed by severe sweating. Loose motions were controlled with some medications. After five days, suddenly, I had whole-body flushing where the whole body felt hot from inside. It started from the head, ch...  Read Full »


Dr. Rajesh Deshwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. All complaints except allergic rhinitis appear to be related to anxiety and depression. Just relax. You are normal as far as your body is concerned. You can continue your depression medications. I suggest taking Fluticasone (Fluticasone propionate) nasal spray, one...  Read Full »

How to treat a black hairy tongue?

Query: Hi doctor, A few weeks ago I noticed that my tongue had patchy green areas. However, it has now turned into more of a yellow color, more so in the back than the front. Brushing the tongue seems to remove the yellow, but then it comes back. I am very scared of the black hairy tongue, and I read that...  Read Full »


Dr. Nupur Prashant Shah

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through the attached photo (attachment removed to protect patient identity), and I understand your concern. As your tongue has turned yellow and black from green in the front part, it is a typical feature of a hairy tongue. Clinically it looks like a h...  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 »

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 »

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 or...  Read Full »

I have pain in the right lungs with yellow phlegm. Can I have lung cancer?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 19 year old male, and I weigh 140 lbs, and I am 5.7 feet tall. About three weeks ago, I went to the doctor for a fever, chills, and a headache. I was told that it was a minor case of flu. I developed blood in my mucus soon after, but I did not go to the doctor, as it went away aft...  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is a repeat lower respiratory tract infection, which is leading to both yellow phlegm and chest pain due to inflammation of pleura called as pleuritis. Chances of cancer are very less, provided your young age. Still, you should get one a chest x-ray done. I suggest ...  Read Full »

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