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Old 10-19-17, 06:15 AM
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Stopped using nicotine

so i stopped using nicotine(snus) a few days ago and now the ritalin don't seem to do sht anymore. i'm very irritable and reckless i've been told. anyone experienced something similar? ex-smokers? gonna end up in jail if i cant control my symptoms.. help lol
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Old 10-19-17, 06:19 AM
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Re: Stopped using nicotine

Yes when I stopped smoking all my adhd symptoms hit back with a vengeance in spite of me taking dex at the time.

Nicotine helps with adhd symptoms to an extent and the withdrawal effects can cause huge problems with focus, restlessness, irritability, etc. So it's not that your Ritalin isnt working anymore but it's just that Its effects are overshadowed by the withdrawal from nicotine. It will take a while. It took me about 3 weeks. 3 crazy weeks. Doing lots ajd lots and lots of sport or exercise or some sort of physical movement helped.
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Re: Stopped using nicotine

Have you tried patches or gum? You don't need to force yourself to stop instantaneously. Just gradually taper yourself off it until it feels natural.
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Re: Stopped using nicotine

Frazer's right. Stopping nicotine all together is hard. replacement that you can step down from would be good.
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Re: Stopped using nicotine

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Have you tried patches or gum? You don't need to force yourself to stop instantaneously. Just gradually taper yourself off it until it feels natural.
Especially since you are quitting chew-snus-which is super strong.
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Re: Stopped using nicotine

I quit smoking cigars 11 years ago. Cigars have a ton of nicotine. So I switched to nicotine gum.

Well, a year ago, I decided it was time to reduce the amount of nicotine gum I chew. I was paying a lot of money monthly. So one day, I just cut my nicotine gum dose by about two thirds.

I thought I was about to die. I was out at a diner with a friend, and I felt like I was gonna pass out. But I wasn't breathing heavily ... I felt like a nausea. I cut the meal short, and went home ... and didn't pass out ... Took me a little while to realize OMG, that's the nicotine reduction.

Seriously, I thought I was gonna die ... I think I increased my dose a little bit (though not back to the high level I was on before) ... and the symptoms decreased ... I no longer felt like I was gonna die.

Anyway, your symptoms will pass ... Yeah, nicotine helps focus and it's highly addictive ... your system is screaming right now.

I'm hesitant to tell you to use gum, because I (and many others) got addicted to the gum. Still my doctor is fine with me chewing gum, even 11 years after I quit cigar smoking! ... She almost dances a jig when she checks in with me each year and hears that I'm still not smoking. I always feel a little guilty that I'm using the gum. But she's fine with that.

You can absolutely call your doctor and schedule a special appointment--to get help during this transition. Maybe they'll want to increase the Ritalin during this transition period.

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