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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21 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.

  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.

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