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 does anybody know what I can take to stop coughing?
I have the worst itcy throat caused by postnasal drip and it's kept me up all night long. I'm even starting to get a sore throat from it any advise on what will help?...

 I accidently took Nyquil in the afternoon?
will this make me sleepy. i didnt realize it until i took it....

 can a doctor tell i smoke?
im a few years under 18 i smoke sometimes.when i go to the doctors my parents always go in with me.can a doctor tell i smoke with a stetescope or any other way just in the office please i need help ...

 I'm out of cigarettes...and I need one right now.what I can roll up and smoke untill I get a packet of cigaret?

 Experiencing difficulties in breathing & coughing out blood! What may the cause?
Last week while preparing for school I experienced some breathing difficulties. It got so bad to the extent that I couldn't even control myself and I fell. I lied on the floor for a while before ...

 Sore Throat or something else?
I've had a sore throat now for about a week and a half, my sore throats never last this long. I've been brushing my teeth, washing it. It just started, I haven't been around anyone ...

 Chest pains from smoking cigarettes?
For the past couple of weeks I've been having these strange chest pains, especially when I smoke more. Is this really serious? (I've been smoking since I was 12, I'm now 19)

 what is an ICU?.!.?.!?
I've just learned that my ex boyfriend was put in an ICU...I'm just wondering what it is...and if I should be worried...I just dumped him, for just a few reasons dealing with my family.....

 whats the point?
whats the point in having tonsils or appendics because all they seem to cause is illness?...

 is snoring in a 4 year old bad?

 do obamas smoke are you sure?

 I've got the flu...OK to go to work tomorrow?
I started with the flu very suddenly on Tuesday afternoon. It is now Friday night. I was sick all night Tues. with aches, pains, chills and headache. I was sick all day Wed and called off work Wed ...

 Does Swine Flu Scare you?
The question is in the top. I just would like to know....

 what does coughing blood means? my girl friend just called me she had coughed blood twice today?

 Coughing for almost 40 days...how do I get rid of it!?
I have been sick for a month already and I can't take it no more! I have been coughing alot, no fevre no runny nose just coughing. Been to the Dr. 3 times they just tell me I need REST they ...

 Breathing trouble...PLEASE HELP?
Well I am 12 and have asthma and i have had asthma attack and all that great stuff but for like a hour now im short of breath and it hurt when i breath in. I have never had that before and dont know ...

 how do u pronounce phlegm?

 What makes a sore throat better?
Ohh it hurts so bad :'(
I can't even talk,
I've taken medicine,
what will make me feel
better? Please help me?...

 Violent hiccupping. Please help!?
How do I get rid of it?
What does this lead to?
Should I tell my doctor?...

 i have cold my nose is running and cough suggest some home based remedies?

i feel SO anxious ,just gave up smoking, will it stop??
I`m 51. been smoking roll up`s for 20 years, ivè got to stop before they stop me.
I have patches,not touched one cig since 5 days ago,
I feel so on edge,up tight,nervous,started coughing,i`m perspiring yet feel cold inside, help, will more patches at once do anything?
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thank you for these words of encouragment, i`m glad it`s not just me!
No one told me how terrible i could feel right now, i got to do it i`m 51 and have a 5 month old baby girl,it would be nice to see her grow up more than maybe 10!
God, this is HELLL!

Go on just have a few pulls

Sorry about that bro keep it up and congratulations!

yeah more patches will give you more nicotine, maybe try cutting down cigs slowly?

Seraphina (sunshine)
yes it will stop, you are couching coz your lungs are clearing and you are basically going cold turkey. you smoked for a long time, now your body is trying to get used to not having nicotine. you will be okay, give it another week although the coughing may linger for longer

mrs. wise
only one patch don't use more then that unless you talk to your doctor! I quit and it was the hardest hting i ever did but you just have to tak it one day at a time really it is hard but you can do it! the best thing to do is talk about how you feel and what you are going through! if you need someone to talk to email me [email protected] you can get through this! promise!

I'm 54 and have been there.

I found it very helpful every time I got the urge, to drink a glass of water. This not only calms down the urge but you are doing yourself a whole lot of good by drinking the water, clear the intern.

Dont worry. You gonna feel better soon. It happens to everyone who is trying to quit their addiction. Just keep up.. Im sure u can overcome it.. Congratulations..

no to much nicotine will hurt you, make you feel like too much caffeine. In the clinic where i work a lot of people actually eat sunflower seeds to help. Some say there is some kind of nicotine in them. this website tells you why http://lovefromleila.blogspot.com/2008/03/sunflower-seeds-versus-nicotine.html
hope it helps. the coughing is your lungs healing. The toxins are coming out of your body.

Debbie N
No, do not use more patches than recommended by the manufacturer. Doing so could be extremely hazardous to your health.

I smoked for ten years. Then quit. The first few days were the hardest. I kept thinking and feeling that I was going through withdrawals, that my body craved a cigarette. But once I realized that the feeling that I just had to have a cigarette was not due to withdrawals or craving, but rather due to habit, it was a breeze from there on. A habit can easily be changed. I never touched another cigarette.

It's normal for your body to be on edge, sweating. After about a week or so, you will begin coughing up gunk from your lungs. This is your body's way of cleansing itself. About the same time you will go through a couple days where you forget things, such as you may be talking, then suddenly can't remember what you were talking about. This is also very normal and only lasts a couple days.

Good luck. You can do it. Just remember -- it's not cravings you feel, it's habit.

Seldom Seen
First of all, I commend you for quitting. That takes courage and strength.

You have taken a positive step towards living a longer and healthier life, and that's always good.

You may want to speak with a doctor about how many patches you can use and to get some advice about dealing with what you are going through physically after quitting smoking.

Also, you may want to seek out some support groups or programs for people who are trying to or have quit smoking.

Keep in mind that it is not going to be easy. Try to replace your habit of smoking with positive things like exercising, hobbies, etc.

I have a co-worker who quit smoking years ago, and now he is totally into fitness and health. He exercises, eats a health diet, and he is a changed man. His initial goal was just to quit smoking, but he took it further and decided to live a healthy life style all together.

I watched another co-worker slowly die from continued smoking. She was told that if she did not quit smoking she would not see her daughter graduate from high school. She did not quit. She never got to see her daughter graduate and later get married.

You don't have to go through this alone. Seek help.
The American Cancer society or other such organizations may be able to direct you to some programs or information that can help you stay off cigarettes.

Stay strong.
I bid you peace.

Mister R
typical withdrawl. It will pass when your body gets over the physical need for the drug nicotine. Then you will have to start witht he mental addiction. Be strong !

Watching in Westminster
When a question already has good answers provided, I don't normally give another answer, but I think I can add to what is already here.
First off, 5 Days ( and counting! ) Congratulations! Way to go.
Second, do NOT increase the patches you have on unless you've talked to your doctor first. You could give yourself nicotine overdose. It's not good for the heart.
Your body may respond in many ways, but everything you mentioned here is normal. The "up tight & nervous" feelings are your body screaming for nicotine. That will ease up after a few days. A "nicotine fit" lasts for a few minutes. You can time it. Find something to do for those few minutes to keep your mind off a cig. I used to take a shower sometimes when the craving got so bad. I also spent a lot of time at my local library. Places where I couldn't smoke and didn't smell of smoke.
That cough is your lungs cleaning themselves out. I used that Mucinex to help clear out all that stuff. It helped me get that crap out of my lungs.
Talk to your doctor. He will be able to give you some real good "inside info" that will help you out.
Remember that this is one of the hardest things you will ever do in your life. It's a fight, I'm not going to lie to you. It CAN be done. You can win this fight. You're young yet and have a lot of living to do. Do it all in good health.
Best of luck to you. God bless.

Glad to see a folk at similar age me (52) and also was a long time smoker (over 30 years) trying to quit it.

Let me share you my own and some others' smoking (nicotine) withdrawal symptoms experiences (one time last year but failed and one more time since 4/15, in which I quit it cold turkey,

-Palpitations (worst of all the symptoms for me)
-Short of Breath/breathlessness
-Some diarrhea
-Feeling lonesome
-Chest tightness
-Sore/dry throat

I am quitting since 4/15, some of the symptoms are diminishing or getting weaker. However, some palpitations, anxiety and chest discomfort, etc are still lingering around my body. Some ex-smokers said it take times to get over these, I believe them! Hope you get well soon and never take a puff again! Good Luck to both of us!!

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