Symptoms Of Quitting Dip & Chew

Quitting dipping is not an easy thing… if you’re like most of us, when you quit you’ll go through some withdrawal symptoms… These are completely normal. That being said… if you are concerned about a particular symptom, by all means go to a doctor and get checked!!! This will help both your peace of mind and may catch something before it gets serious.


Dip Dreams – you’ve been dipping for years sometimes decades. Your brain is used to thinking a certain way with a certain amount of nic in it… once that’s taken away many people have “dip dreams”. These dreams range from mild to incredibly intense. Many times people will wake up after a dip dream and feel terrible because they really think that they caved. Many have reported that they can taste and smell the dip. Never fear… it’s only a dream.

Sores In Your Mouth (lip, tongue, cheek, etc.) – you’re done dipping… why does your mouth hurt so damn bad? You’ve got more sores in your mouth now than when you were dipping. What’s going on?!? There are a couple of explanations for this one. First, if you’re like most of us, you’ve found something to replace your dip to get you past the oral fixation (See Smokeless Alternatives). If you’re chewing seeds then there’s a TON of salt in your mouth that wasn’t there before. Also once you get dip out of your system the PH balance in your mouth is changing. Bottom line is this – get to a dentist and get checked out. But unless something stays around for more than two weeks you should be good to go.

Can’t Sleep – you’ve quit dipping and now you can’t sleep at all. Never fear, this is completely normal experience. It’ll take a while, but your sleep patterns will return to normal.

The Fog – you’re dizzy… you can’t think straight… your head hurts… you find yourself staring at your computer screen for hours on end not reading anything. Welcome to the dip fog. Your brain can’t handle the fact that you’re no longer feeding it dip. It might last just a couple of days and it might last a couple of weeks. Do not fret… once the fog lifts you’re well on your way to being dip free.

Headaches – you might have one that brings you to your knees, or you might just have that dull thud feeling all day long — this too shall pass.

Anxiety – for years you’ve been dealing with life while medicating yourself with nicotine — it’s gone now and your body isn’t used to dealing with life without it. This condition will pass though you may want to talk to a doctor about some medication to take the edge off.

Problems “Going” – whether you know it or not, nicotine is a laxative. It’s helped keep you “regular” through all of your years of dipping. It takes some people a while to get their body adjusted to going without their natural dip laxative. Drink plenty of water and eventually this one will be “behind you”.

Hot Flashes – This one has been reported as a real doozey. Face, arms, legs, etc. can be very “warm” with some intense sweats. While this is a “symptom” it’s also been quite the trigger for some folks. Drink some water, get to the site and talk.

Depression – Many people have dipped for years or decades. Removing such an integral (though deadly) part of your life can lead to some pretty serious behavioral issues including depression. Talk to the folks on the boards as this is pretty common. As with any health issue please don’t hesitate to see a doctor as well. For more details about depression as a quitter click here.

There are a variety of other symptoms that have been attributed to quitting dip. If you don’t see yours listed, contact us and let us know about it!

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73 Comments

  1. Will the dippers pocket go away?

    • Assuming you’re referring to in your mouth and not on your jeans. while gums will not “grow back” you may find some changes in your mouth as gums become more healthy. This also goes for the “pockets” where you kept your dip. I don’t think I’d say that they’ll return to your pre-dipping status, but you should see some changes as you move further away from your addiction.

    • Fill it with the money you saved

    • Hey I got my ears zapped by this company yesterday. It takes away your chemical dependency I suppose and you have to work on the habitual side. Seems to be working, I have brief episodes of the fog and dizziness but other than that it’s going great!

  2. I quit drinking and chewing on Thursday night. I drank roughly a fifth of captin 100 proof and a tin of grizzly wintergreen a day. I’m not sure if it was good to quit both on the same night. I sat in bed last night for 7 and a half hours. Didn’t get any sleep at all. Hands/feel shakey. Sweating like crazy but I was cold. Basically it sucked. How long can I expect this? I’m only 21. Been drinking daily for only about 4 months. When I drink I like to blackout. (Is that strange) like I don’t have a few. I have the bottle. And fast.

    • I can’t say it’s “strange” for a 21 year old. Not smart… but not strange.

    • you need to be in a proper detox center with alcohol. it can be very dangerous with out medical supervision. please call a chemical dependency professional.

    • Hey man, you’re on the right track. I’ve been there and came out on the other side. Reply to my comment if you want me to reach out.

    • Get some professional help my friend . Quitting both at the same time was a smart way to go. You will get the withdraws out of the way all at once. Give your local AA intergroup a call. They will be glad to help with quitting the alcohol.

  3. I had blackouts and found out I was alky. You may want to checkout AA just in case.

  4. My boyfriend just up and quit & I had to find out the hard way .. Random outbursts, getting mad easily, shaking, etc. He is in denial & taking this real hard. He doesn’t even wanna talk about it. He has barely talked to me at all the past 4 days. What should I do?

    • Sarah – point him to our forums – http://forum.killthecan.org/ – there are over 18,000 members there that “get it” cause we’ve all been right where he is. It’s the best place on the web to get support and questions answered from people who know what he’s dealing with.

  5. He’s in complete denial. He doesn’t want any help .. he won’t talk about it. That’s the problem. How can you help someone that doesn’t wanna be helped?

  6. Haven’t dipped in about a week and a half. I’m telling you. I’m getting hot flashes and the achy body, but I’m just telling myself to man up. its no easy journey by far, but I’ve found heading to a local gym steamroom/sauna helps the concentration and relaxation.

  7. How long until my taste and smell return to normal? I quit 4 days ago and my smell has seemed to improve but I have lost my sense of taste.

  8. I’ve weened myself to about a can a week and that’s going from about seven a week. Good to see the section about your mouth hurting because it feels like I have been having these odd almost phantom pains in various parts of my mouth and jaw. When I don’t think about it of course my mouth doesn’t hurt. Could this be anxiety, paranoia, etc.??

  9. Thanks…. I am back in quit wagon. I had quit for 56 days then out of nowhere I decided to test my strength. Boy! I will never do that again… I have done this before so I know the consequences of withdraws. I read an article about how nicotine control our brain and this helped lots. Well, let get started….

  10. What are normal symptoms of quitting smokeless tobacco in the first few days or first week

  11. Dip Dreams. It seems like since I quit chewing my dreams do not revolve chew. But I’m dreaming about chicks other than my wife. I never had those kind of dreams. Coincidence?

  12. Day seven cold Turkey not fun but doing it ツ

  13. Sweating … God I quit after 30 yrs. The second night after I quit I woke up 3 times sweating like a pig. The next morning I didn’t smell very pleasant either. I kind of had a chemical smell. Has anyone else had this problem? BTW I dipped about a can a day.

  14. Been drinking and dipping roughly 16 years real heavy quit dipping cold turkey Saturday and the only thing im haveing trouble is with my sleep. I wake up all through the night and take forever to even get to sleep.

  15. 3rd day. Getting rough.

  16. Dipping about a can a week. Trying to get life insurance. I have tried quitting several times. Currently I havent had a dip today.

  17. Well still not dipping butt back to drinking so i can atleast sleep wish there was another way hopefully after the shock of no tobacco gose away i will start with no alcohol. And stay strong guinco

  18. I have been dip free 4 days now and all I gotta say is pure hell!! The first day wasnt to bad 2nd day is where the fun began… intense sweating not being able to catch my breath no sleep but pulled through. 3rd day was same as second day but at night i had nightmares and couldnt just seem to sleep and constantly checking on my wife cause the dreams where so real.. today 4th day im getting through it.. i only dipped for about 6 years but i was a heavy dipper as a 1 1/2 cans a day this stuff is terrible and im gonna get through this no can is gonna beat me..

  19. I had my last for forever (hopefully) 3 hours ago I’ve tried to quit before but failed. I’m a fireman and all the guys at work dip. What are some good ways of dealing with the temptations and the mood swings?

    • Well gum did help me but just telling my self that I’m not going to be a slave to tobacco and a lot of praying helped the most

  20. Last dip that is

  21. So I quit on Wednesday (making this my 4th) day without a dip. I was doing 5 cans a day and have been dipping for about 15 years. My eating is out of control, can’t sleep, everything is a haze. It’s not terrible, or at least not as bad as I anticipated. With that said I have quit 3 or 4 times and have never made it past 1 month. I remind myself 100 times a day why it is that I’m quiting (I want to be here when my first born is born and want to watch him/her grow up). Good luck to everyone trying to quit.

  22. Second day …..bad headache, sweats, and body aches. Brutal….dipped since I was 12 so bout 30 years. Dipped in the AM, on way to work, on way home from work, and while watching tv at night…..tough to avoid my triggers….

  23. For me it’s day 2 (can of cope every 2 days for 30 years) and the first day I slept 16 hours and today I just want to go back to sleep after sleeping 8 hours. I ride my bicycle 15 miles to work one way, 30 miles round trip so hopefully that will help. My lungs feel real heavy and I am very irritable. I’m drinking much ice water each day.

  24. I hit one month this last Wednesday. I’ve been eating tootsie roll pops and just eating a lot in general but at least I’m not dipping. This is the longest I’ve ever made it. Now the cravings are few and far between.

  25. John_the_Revelator

    Any one else having horrendous gas I mean some real foul stuff!

  26. i’m a 22 year old college student athlete whose been dipping for 8 years at a tin every 2 days. I’m on day 16 of no tobacco and its not a simple task. of course before when i tried to quit i told myself that this was the last dip and i was going to quit tomorrow, but what i realized was I DIDNT WANT TO QUIT. Every situation is a trigger for putting a chew in but there is ways to beat it. The most important thing when it comes to quitting is you have to WANT TO QUIT. dont quit because everyone tells you that you should or your significant other says to. Quit for yourself and Your life. Take control of how you want to live. for anyone who throws in chews on the daily start by changing to pouches….. Yeah i said it, pouches. People wil tell you to man up but its your health were talking about here. the last month i did pouches and its pushed me to WANTING TO QUIT. when the urges come do something else. Flavored toothpicks is what i use but also gum,seeds, non nicotine alternatives, or eat something when you get the urge. Lastly when it comes to quitting simply stop buying tins. seriously! dont have a tin around and remember you’re bigger than this. You can beat this and you know you can!

    • I’m with Austin on everything he said. Well put. I found my biggest thing that’s caused me to give up the quitting effort in the past is the fear of talking about it too much. Obviously all your loved ones are gonna be there for you, that’s a given. But as much as it’s on your mind and you feel like it’s affecting you in one way or another, sometimes it’s all you can even think to talk about. And I’d ease my mind by saying to myself, “well hey, once we’re outta here we’ll get you a dip. Just calm down.” And that’s when it’s all over, man. Once you’ve stopped fighting it mentally, you’re dead on your feet before you’ve even taken a step to go buy a can. Remember you’re better than that shit and you won’t take no shit from that little 1.3 oz can. The answer is always NO. Don’t cave, don’t even think about it being an option. You quit for a reason. You might not remember what it is right now, conveniently enough. Funny how the brain works sometimes. But you know you quit for a damn good reason. Don’t forget that.

  27. Second week and trying to keep strong. Reached this page after googling the heartburn and throat burn. Throat burn is increasing in the second week.

    Eating a lot, generally! Putting on weight which is getting me depressed lol

    Keeping myself busy (IT Engineer here) by challenging myself with doable coding short term goals (a small personal project that will go large eventually)

    My only advise would be to keep yourself busy! Easier said than done!

    Praying a lot as well!

    All the best everyone!

  28. Haven’t had a drink in a year but I kept dipping/smoking, then I got back in the gum so I quit smoking. So that has been around 5 months ago but I was still dipping. Now I quit dipping 3 days ago and the thing I’m struggling with is my irritability and headaches.

  29. Day 60

    Two Stinking Months I been off the Shitsky, I am proud..

    Dude if you are contemplating quitting?, Do it!!!, Just Do it!! I dare you, I know you all can do it too.

    I know you got what it takes,

    You know how when you got started Doing this Shit, you felt like a MAN, a tough guy?

    Well It takes a Much Bigger Man to Quit. Be that Man, OWN it Fellas, Own that Shit.

    Come on Do it!!, and then come back here and tell us all about it, there are a bunch of guys here that will listen to your progress, rants, failures, whatever the Hell you want to talk about. I know they heard it from me, its been 2 Months and I’ve written almost every day.

    So What’s your story?

    • Love it!!! Calling chewers out there is awesome! It takes a bigger man to quit! Nuff said!
      Hey Deepy. With this call out, you might actually save some lives!

      Jeff

  30. I hope so Jeff, if I ever did anything good on this earth, I hope that is it.

    I met a lot of tough guys that dip, but it is even tougher to quit and stay quit.

    ********* Don’t let a tiny little plastic can kick your ass, get tough and “Kill the can” ********* ******************************************************************************************

    Now, Who is going to be the first?

  31. JOEY (THE LIPSKI) CARNS

    ME I WANNA BE FIRST!! Its only been 9 hours for me and im so scared, i just feel so lonely i dont even want to leave my house grizzly straight was my best friend for 6 years and i also had a girlfriend for 6 years i thought that was bad to get over but god dam this is 10x worse i just lose everything in life but i refuse to lose my teeth or my tounge you guys are an inspiration i have one lip left in my tin and im waiting for a good time to do it which is tonight for the game than after that im going midnight on thanksgiving aka cold turkey ride or die with me boys i love yall

    #KILLTHECAN

  32. Well Hot dam Joey, it is usually the other way around when the older brothers help the younger ones, but shit I am so dam glad you started your quit, I just finished posting a bad rant about my quit, but since you responded I found new strength to keep going. I shit you not, I had my keys ready to go to the store and get a can and start dipping again, here is what I wrote:
    ______________________________________________________________
    Day 65

    It doesn’t get better, this really sucks, i’ve had a craving all fucking afternoon. I saw this dumb fuck fat fucker taking a huge dip and spitting in a cup today while I was driving and I hate to admit it, but it was a fucking delicious sight, Ugly motherfucker in a beat up truck, to anyone else probably a disgusting scene to see, but to an ex dipper like me it was a really spectacular view, my mouth has been watering and I have been fighting the urge to just go and buy a can. Now I know I am just a piece of shit addicted ex dipper. I wish I could report that I drove by and I didn’t even get tempted, I wish I could say like in other posts I had my head high and felt bad for that person dipping, but no, I felt less than dirt because the craving is still there and seems to be more powerful than ever.
    As I am typing this comment, I am wondering if I should share it, as I do not want to discourage the ones that are just starting, but the truth needs to be told, the journey aint easy, even when you get 2 months under your belt.

    damn it all to hell, I wish I had never started this fucking shit, this is Hell.
    ______________________________________________________________

    Now you have to be strong so I can stay strong, that’s how it works, I really thought people talking like this in here were full of shit, but now I know it’s true.

    So Who is Next?
    ***************************

    • I’m next!! I’m tired of being a slave to this cancerous shit.. Thanks for posting bro. You and many others on this site have inspired me to quit. I need to just throw this can away.

      • *****************************************
        Awesome Brandon, Welcome aboard!! Now lets kick that can and Don’t Look Back.
        Get Ready for the 3 days of Hell ahead, We all counting on You, When a new Brother Joins, it makes us all stronger……
        **********************************************************

  33. Hey Joey, I hope you are doing ok on your quit, just get mad at the can, stay strong and kick its butt.

  34. Well, can’t win them all. I am on day 78 and I am staying Quit. You all take care.

  35. Day 21 Still having Fog

  36. Good Job dude, hang in there.

    I remember going through that fog, but this is how its gonna happen because it happened to me, you are going to wake up, do your normal routine and then all of the sudden as you are driving or at work, you are going to “remember” to feel bad, but guess what, you aint foggy no more, it’ll make you feel good inside and if you tell someone around you, they look at you weird, cause they don’t know, some of them that know about your quit actually feel good for you. In Any case, this episode alone will give you strength to keep going. Something to look forward to huh? Kick the can, crush that Bastard.!!!
    laters….

  37. *****************************************
    Awesome Brandon, Welcome aboard!! Now lets kick that can and Don’t Look Back.
    Get Ready for the 3 days of Hell ahead, We all counting on You, When a new Brother Joins, it makes us all stronger……
    **********************************************************

  38. Hey Brandon, Did you make it through the day?

  39. Well Hell guys, here is the thing, since I started my quit, (day 80 in 17 minutes) I’ve been here barking around to the four winds how shitty this endeavor has been for me, but as I read more of yall’s stories I know you guys are getting the raw deal as well. By bitching and kicking everyday we’ve been able to dodge the bitch bullet, that’s heroic boys. I said it before and I am saying it now, tough guys chew on that shit, but it takes a Chuck Norris caliber of a dude to quit. We are there quitters, We are freaking there, we reached that level of bad assness (if its a word).
    Now along the way I called out and challenged some tough dudes or ladies to join us in the quit and test their toughness, well hell, some did as a matter of fact three bad asses took the challenge that I am aware of. JOEY (THE LIPSKI) CARNS, Brandon and Now Rick are on their way through hell like we all did it. Crazy motherfuckers!! but I applaud them for having the guts to take on the challenge.
    If you are reading this post and got the guts to start the quit, DO IT!! quit pussy footing around and start, START!! I DARE you to go through those three fucking days of Hell, one day you’ll be glad you did it.

  40. K, so I quit on 9/15. I hate this shit. Im doing great but ive had a little bit of pain in my dip pocket. Is this normal for being quit that long? I chewed for about maybe 7 years off and on, quit for 4 years then started again for about 7 months and been quit again since Sept.

  41. We all go through that. The body is healing so it’s throwing all that shit out, my only question is, are you serious this time or are you waiting to heal and start again? It’s up to you.

  42. This time for real. I have been so scared this last 30 days that maybe I quit too late. Ill never touch this stuff again. I just worry that something serious is going on. Will my mouth start to feel better soon or do I have a ways to go?

  43. Bret, of course the best diagnose would be from a Dentist ( I know I hated when people said that) but that is the best answer, Now if you were to share how long you did it? what the symptoms are? any sores?, any pain? how many cans a day? That shit is powerful, but the Body is an amazing machine or live organism that has the power to heal itself over night, every time we go to sleep all these little agents go to work and try to repair the damage that happens or we do to it during the day. isn’t it awesome?
    I am on day 91 and still have not gone to the dentist, but I feel much better, just brush everyday and use mouth wash, I heard some people using coconut oil to kill the bacteria and promote better oral health. Good Luck, you doing good.

  44. Ok. I was quit for 4 years after an on again off again habit of about 7 years. This last time was for about 6 or 7 months at about a can per week of pouches. I have that sensation in my mouth like I just took a dip out, but its been like 38 days. It feels like something is in my cheek when it isnt. Dip pocket still a little tender. I went to the dentist and he said all looked well and that my gums didnt even look like they were recieded. No sores, or anything that looks out of the norm. Just scared because I shouldnt be feeling a sensation that something is in my cheek… any ideas? Similar experience??

  45. Oh hell yeah dude, that sensation didn’t leave me for a long time, it’s all in your head. You know like itching on a leg that has been amputated? It is the power of the mind. Crazy I know, but I had your same symptoms and probably a bunch of other dudes in here. In any case, just take it as a sign, that this time the quit is for real. Keep it up.
    In fact I invite you to post with us if you want, we are also helping a new guy in this other forum.
    it’s called “What to expect when you quit Dipping”

    http://www.killthecan.org/your-quit/what-to-expect-when-you-quit-dipping/

    JayP, Jeff, Myself and the new guy Rick, he is on his 15day, said he stopped cause he saw us posting everyday and got inspiration with our stories. In Any case, good luck with your quit dude.

  46. One more thing, my cheek feels stiff, almost like its thicker. My other symptoms seem to be going away. I think part of my painful gums was because I wouldn’t quit messing with em throughout the day. Anyone else experience the thick feeling cheek?

  47. I have been reading some of these comments for a while now, and I am now on my 5th day of quitting.

    My stomach feels completely jacked up and getting to sleep is really hard, but I will fight through this. Making it two weeks and beyond would be a great 23rd birthday present.

  48. Been chewing for 23 years and now I am 51hrs into transformation. I chew 1 1/2 cans a day. Now my body is feeling very bad, restless legs, shaking, eyes burning, lack of energy, fuzzy, irritable, and not thinking clearly. This is tougher than I thought! Does anyone else fall asleep and jump back awake with tingles through our body?

  49. First day trying to quit after a can a day for 5 years, dipping for 8 years. Took one in the morning (630am), one at lunch (12:00) finally at 430 started to feel like shit. freezing cold (73 degrees in here), nauseous, achy, headache. Is this normal for my position?

  50. switched to pouches last month take a regular dip in the morning and evening. This weekend found myself dipping like a mad man again. I want to quit but not sleeping and the headaches are killing me. I thought the pouches would help as it feels like I get no nicotine from them. I CRAVE the dip.

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