Quitter's flu is a slang term used to describe the flu-like symptoms that nicotine withdrawal can sometimes produce.
Symptoms of nicotine withdrawal can include:
- Cravings to smoke
- Irritability, crankiness
- Inability to concentrate
- Sore throat
- Constipation, gas, stomach pain
- Dry mouth
- Sore tongue and/or gums
- Postnasal drip
- Tightness in the chest
Also known as smoker's flu, it is important to note that quitter's flu is not a real sickness; it refers only to physical sensations we experience while detoxing from nicotine
and the chemicals in tobacco
that can mimic illness.
See also: All About Nicotine Withdrawal