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    Old 06-07-2017, 02:20 PM   #1
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    Are cigarettes causing my anxiety?

    I had smoked for 3 1/2 years, and was never anxious because of it. I quit when I started new medication a few months ago, and started back again 2 weeks ago. (Bad, I know, but I was in France for a week and a half. Everyone smokes everywhere there I think it was inevitable for me.)

    When I had started smoking again in France, my anxiety has been awful ever since even though before during my med change i had little to no problems with anxiety.

    Is smoking cigarettes causing my anxiety? I do want to quit eventually, but if it's causing me this much anxiety I will definitely quit a lot sooner because even though I'm not mentally anxious, I am having awful physical anxiety symptoms. Thank goodness I have not had a panic attack yet.

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    Old 06-07-2017, 03:50 PM   #2
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    Re: Are cigarettes causing my anxiety?

    Are you positive this is anxiety and not a reaction from reintroducing nicotine into your system? Nicotine can cause all sorts of nasty symptoms- especially once you quit.

    You may be anxious, simply because you are undoing all the good you did when you quit....a very good reason to stop smoking again and see if the symptoms go away.

    As a former smoker who picked it back up- I went through very similar symptoms to the ones you describe...and as soon as I quit again, they went away. You won't know unless you try to quit again! Good luck! I know how hard it is!
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