Patient discussion about withdrawal

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Q. ALCOHOL WITHDRAWAL

what are the symtoms of it?
A1thank you dagmar--i hope this answer will help people to understand what this drug can do to you---peace---mrfoot56
A2Minor withdrawal symptoms can include insomnia, tremulousness, mild anxiety, gastrointestinal upset, headache, excessive sweating, heartbeats or anorexia. Symptoms usually are present within six hours of the cessation of drinking and may develop while patients still have a significant alcohol level in their blood, and resolve within 24 to 48 hours.

Later withdrawal syndromes may include seizures, hallucinations etc.

You may read more here:
www.nlm.nih.gov/MEDLINEPLUS/ency/article/000764.htm

Q. I may be healthier now, but miserable…

I’ve not been smoking for a whole month (my longest period in the last decade), and I do feel a bit better physically, but it seems that I lost the joy of life – I don’t go out with my friends any more (because they’re all smokers), I envy other smokers, and generally I feel nervous and dull. Will it be like that forever or is there hope?
A1Well, try to think about what are you missing? The foul smell? The yellow teeth? The feeling of suffocating next morning? Whenever you feel longing to cigarettes, try to think again why you stopped smoking- and it’d help you to keep with it.
A2First of all- Well done. It’s not easy to stop smoking, and you should be proud of yourself that you haven’t been smoking for such period. You should remember that you’re still close to the smoking period of your life, so you are still used to the role of smoking in your life. As time passes, usually it becomes easier to get along without smoking. Good luck!
A3There is hope. You won't feel that way forever. Maybe once you feel that you are more in control of your habit, you might be able to start hanging out with your friends again. You can try and find something to replace the cigarettes, like a new hobby or a new habit(a healthy one). Great going on the whole month. Hope this helps.
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