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Have you ever noticed that you easily get headaches after smoking, vaping or using nicotine replacement therapy such as gum or patches?
It may well be that you are suffering from nicotine headaches.
Nicotine is a highly addictive stimulant that is found in tobacco, nicotine vape liquid and nicotine replacement therapy products. This is a stimulant that has been linked to headaches.
In this article, we look at the causes behind nicotine headaches, how to treat it and a few ideas for how you might prevent them in the future.
There are a few reasons why nicotine may be linked to headaches. Here are 5 reasons why nicotine headaches can happen.
Nicotine headaches can feel just as awful as any other headache. It could cause a cluster headache or even a migraine.
Chances are, you want to get rid of your nicotine headache - fast!
Here’s what we find helps when we have a nicotine headache attack.
Nicotine headaches are one thing, but there are also other side effects of this stimulant to watch out for. While it may give you a rush and release those feel good neurotransmitters, it can also have other, less desired effects.
You may be more prone to these side effects if you are new to nicotine, are using it on an empty stomach or with alcohol or if you are taking a high dose that is more than you are used to.
Other side effects of nicotine include:
If you are someone prone to nicotine headaches, then you may look to reduce your nicotine dose down. If you are using vapables then you can reduce as low as 3mg.
Make sure you are drinking plenty of water while you are vaping or smoking to keep hydrated and further avoid the risk of a headache.
“However, it is valuable to remember that nicotine is a harmful substance as mentioned above and in the long term it can have many consequences. In this section we talk about the headache that can be caused by nicotine because of its toxic and pathophysiological effects. The medical recommendation before any headache, first would be to stop smoking and secondly to go to a medical consultation because this pain may be being caused by more serious causes. Another aspect is that before smoking, it is best not to self-medicate because it can aggravate the problem.”