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 Nicotex chewing gum help me quit smoking?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 28 year old male and a regular smoker. I do smoke 10-15 cigarettes a day and have been smoking like this for almost 10 years now. When I started, I used different brands, from ultra mild to regular bidis. But now, for almost 3 years I am stuck with regular gold flake.Now, I am ...  Read Full »


Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. As you have been a chronic smoker since last 10 years smoking 10-15 cigarettes per day, the body is presently addicted to nicotine and hence if you intend to leave it for a day, the nicotine withdrawal sets in. This may include: Headache. Nausea. Constipation or...  Read Full »

Can smoking cessation cause strained bowel movements?

Query: Hello doctor, My age is 39 years. I have quit smoking, cold turkey after smoking for almost 18 years. It is my 29th day of being smoke-free. Everything was going fine until last 7 to 10 days my bowel movement has been strainful. Few days I have seen very small sized hard stools and sometimes small ...  Read Full »


Dr. Ashaq Hussain Parrey

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your post, it is normal to have hard stools after quitting smoking for that you have to add a salad, do exercise, and take enough water. It is a temporary phenomenon which usually settles in three months till intestines adapt nicotine free blood. You h...  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 wi...  Read Full »

Why am I having frequent urination and lightheadedness?

Query: Hello doctor, I am an 18-year-old female. I have two problems that I need help with. Firstly, I have been using the bathroom more frequently for around a month and a half and whenever I need to pee it is almost always urgent. I have to get to the toilet right away. My next problem is that I quit smo...  Read Full »


Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. For frequent urination rule out diabetes by random blood sugar estimation. Second, urine routine microscopic examination can be done to check urinary tract infection. Stress history should be taken that can lead to urination and headache as well. Pre void and post vo...  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 »

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 »

Can a smoking cessation drug induce acute pancreatitis in my mother?

Query: Hello doctor, My mother is 57 years old and was put in the hospital for acute pancreatitis two days ago. She takes anti-anxiety medication, blood pressure medication, and cholesterol medication. About a month ago, she was prescribed the drug Chantix. My mother has had previous problems with hard dru...  Read Full »


Dr. Pandian. P

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I agree with you that it is a rare side effect of Chantix (Varenicline). But to produce acute pancreatitis, the particular drug might have been taken for at least 6 to 12 months; only then will it produce fibrosis and inflammation in the main pancreatic duct or bile ...  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 if y...  Read Full »

How to quit cigarette smoking in three weeks time?

Query: Hi doctor, I want to quit smoking. Is it possible to quit cigarette smoking within three weeks time? What are the side effect after quitting cigarette smoking? Is Nicotex recommended by medical council?  Read Full »


Dr. Aditi Gupta Jha

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, you can certainly quit cigarettes within three weeks. Because, smoking habit is more about self-control and determination than anything else. Also, medical council does not recommend any one particular brand or medicine. It recognizes that Nicotex (chewing gum wit...  Read Full »

If I quit smoking, will my RBC, hemoglobin, and PCV levels come back to normal?

Query: Hello doctor, I am suffering from hypertension since few years, and I am currently on medication Telmisartan. I am an alcoholic and smoker, and I smoke approximately 15 cigarettes a day for the last five years. My current CBC report suggests high RBC, hemoglobin, and PCV. Though it reduced slightly ...  Read Full »


Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your attached reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The diagnosis is polycythemia. Polycythemia can be secondary or primary. Secondary polycythemia occurs because of hypoxia, which activates the oxygen sensor and more erythropoi...  Read Full »

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