What to Expect: Headaches After Quitting

Headaches are one of the many possible withdrawal symptoms you might experience when trying to quit smoking. Withdrawal symptoms typically begin within a few hours of having your last cigarette and are usually at their worst within the first week of quitting.

Quitters suffering with headaches are normally advised to take the medication that usually works best for them to help headaches. It could take time to find the right treatment method for you, so talk to your GP if you’re unable to find an over-the-counter medicine that gives you relief. Other things you can do to help include avoiding caffeine, drinking lots of water, and getting plenty of sleep. 

When you have a headache, it’s important to avoid alcohol and any activity that might strain your eyes. Ultimately, it’s advisable to see a GP if your headaches keep coming back, or you feel sick, vomit, or find noise and light painful.

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