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How do I tell the difference between nicotine withdraw and overdose?

  1. peeples profile image95
    peeplesposted 5 years ago

    How do I tell the difference between nicotine withdraw and overdose?

    Day one of using an e.cig to attempt quitting. I've only had 2 real cigarettes today. With a few puffs off the ecig in between. I feel shaky, nausea, and my stomach hurts. I also feel a bit jittery. I'm worried somehow I am OD on the ecig but I have no idea if it's even possible. Someone please calm my worries!

  2. tsmog profile image83
    tsmogposted 5 years ago

    I'm using an e-cig now. I am using an oil type. I use the equivalent to a full strength oil type. I have no issues at this time. In fact I am doing a behaviorist approach. I smoke the e-cig when smoking a conventional cigarette seeking the affect of Pavlov's law. It is working for me. I tend to extinguish the conventional cig about half way now and seek the e-cig first now. The idea is to exchange a delivery system for the nicotene (sp I think). Thus, the harmful effects of he by products of the fillers in cigs are eliminated and also the effects of the smoke.

    I found while writing and researching was the most trying time period for me. I like to light a cig, take a puff for the anxiety killer thingy, then I usually let it burn out in the ashtray. Thankfully the  smoker says those rings are in the paper now extinguishing the cig before it reaches the end. Fire prevention. To help with that habit I now light up a cone incense and place it in the ashtray. The drifting smoke comforts me, even though I realize it is still second hand. Yet, I my smoking in those conditions have been extremely reduced. I now buy four packs a week instead of the carton.

    That did not answer your question, however just adding to. I would have to ask how much caffeine have you consumed to compensate for the affect of less smoking with those funny  neurotransmitters. I tend to drink coffee much more now rather than tea since beginning my program.

    Good luck and power to you peeples


  3. fpherj48 profile image76
    fpherj48posted 5 years ago

    I wish I knew more about the ecig, peeples.  But, do the directions read that it is OK to use BOTH real cigs and ecig in the same day?   I know, if you wear a patch, it is warned very severely not to also smoke.......same with the gum, I believe.   It really does sound like a "nicotine" overload.  Shakiness and nausea are both symptoms of too much of a stimulant, which is what nicotine is.
    I know it's not easy.....I commend you for trying...but really, peeples, get yourself into some pleasant activity and maybe even in the fresh air.....and back off both smoking and ecig for at least   4 to 5 hrs.....
    Try drinking some extra water or herbal teas.....to flush your system a bit.    This should bring you to feeling better...calmer and hopefully end the nausea....
    Once you're feeling better, you're going to need to re-evaluate the system/procedure you're using.   Make sure you've read all the directions and warnings on the ecig........Good luck.  Hope you feel better.

    1. peeples profile image95
      peeplesposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      They are suppose to be safe because they release the chemicals the same way as a cig. So it's suppose to be like smoking a regular cig. However I feel like crap today. This is horrible. I'm downing water now!

    2. fpherj48 profile image76
      fpherj48posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      In that case, it may be a bit of withdrawal, due to the lack of all the "other" toxins and poisons (in real cigarettes) which you are replacing with the ecig. Give it a day or 2 more, to see if your body adjusts.  if not, buy an OTC anti nausea med.

  4. luisj305 profile image86
    luisj305posted 5 years ago

    Hey Peeples hang in there! I'm no doctor. Although I will share my personal experience with you.
    I remember when I quit, I had urges to smoke several weeks later. It made me feel like I was losing a war with myself. So I decided to chain smoke an entire pack to intake so much it would trick my body into rejecting the nicotine.

    I only made it to the 7th cigarette and started vomiting, my whole body was shaking, I was dizzy and felt a weak nausea for several hours. What really helped me was drinking several cups of water every half hour to flush my system. I felt better by the same night.

    I can't comment on the electronic cigarette because I was smoking tobacco, but the symptoms sound very familiar to me. Anyway, I have not smoked once since that day, when I feel a slight craving or see someone smoking, moments after I feel disgusted and sick to my stomach.

  5. benisan85745 profile image60
    benisan85745posted 5 years ago

    Unfortunately, I have only "hit" the Trippy-Stick. The day I decided to quit smoking was actually on the count that I took a hit of myself coming back into the house, and I couldn't stand the stench on my shirt, it literally disgusted me and made me gag. That was 6yrs ago. I have know idea what effect gum, or e-cigs, or any other safe remedy does to an avid smoker in lieu of actual cigarettes, but I wish you the best in seeing if you quit. Also, you will be amased if you do quit, the extra cash you'll have saved from not buying the overly priced vice.