Symptoms Of Quitting Dip & Chew

Symptoms When Quitting NicotineQuitting 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. Check out this article that Chewie has written about The Fog Of Quitting Dip

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.

Sore Throat – If you’re a dipper and you quit you’re scared of anything that’s “off”. Why when you quit dipping do you suddenly get a sore throat? We’re not sure why but it happens more often than you’d think. Drink lots of water to keep yourself hydrated. This will help flush the nicotine and will help with your sore throat.

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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214 Comments

  1. Some people can’t func correctly in the haze or fog, and it can become dangerous, I agree if you can quit cold turkey do it, even if you gotta use 1 lozenger per day at least your not getting 20 dips of poison per day

    • Sure. In the (what I’d consider) rare cases where someone is doing a job where they become a danger to themselves or others by being in the fog you may be able to make that argument. And yes, you’re correct that a lozenge (or gum) IS better than using the real product. My point is that when you’re using a lozenge you’re prolonging your addiction. I don’t want folks to think that trading one for the other is a pathway to long term success.

  2. If it gets bad, don’t give in go out and get you a pack of nicotine lozenges it helped me

    • Couldn’t disagree with this more. Nicotine lozenges contain nicotine. Yes, they helped you. But it’s because you reintroduced the drug that you are addicted to into your system.

  3. Day 2 for me. I definitely have the brain for going on. I need to get the kids ready for school, but I’d rather just sit here like a slug. I’m also pretty sure I’m going to take the day off work today so I can just sleep all day. I figure the less I’m awake the less I have to deal with this hell. I think what I’m most worried about is that I truly did chew for fun, it was something I enjoyed, and chew made me pretty never stress about anything. I’m worried that without chew life will pretty much suck and I won’t find any joy in life. Even just saying that is effing sad. I hate that I have become this addicted to poison.

    Probably lots of grammar errors in this post, like I said, I got the brain fog bad.

  4. 2 weeks now and I want a dip every minute im awake but I will not give in. It’s all in the head. Just a chemical. Fight it.

  5. BH, you can do it sir. I won’t bother telling you it’s easy because it’s not, it’s pure he’ll. I started when I was eleven and quit cold turkey six months ago. I’m 51 now and not one time in six months have I not had the craving to dip, but I haven’t had any. The stuff is poison, every time I wanted to dip I read the ingredients and what they do to your body. You can do it, if I can anyone can. Good Luck

  6. I have dipped for about 17 years. Its been 5 days since my last dip and I still have the cravings and headaches. I didn’t realize how much I dipped. I try to keep busy but it makes me want one even more. I have began drinking more and eating everything in sight. I’m hoping that within 2 weeks I will be over the dependency that I have for nicotine. I know a lot of people say that it was easy but I am struggling big time. It’s crazy how I paid out a lot of money for something that is viewed by the majority of people as disgusting and makes me feel like this when you decide to stop using. I have had the soreness in my muscles, the fog feeling and crazy day dreams. I almost bought a can the other day simply out of habit and not from craving. It was really tough telling the cashier to take it off my ticket. I live in a small town and she had it waiting on me when I got the register. I started not to say anything….one dip wouldn’t hurt….right??

  7. Overall dip has helped me relieve stress and there are rumors that they put rattlesnake venom into the dip but I don’t think that’s true and if they do that’s pretty bad ass but overall if you ignore the cancer labels on dip and do you that’s all that matters in my opinion better that then some of the illegal hard drugs

  8. So I stopped chewing about 2 days ago. I have to quit for the Volunteer Fire Department I am joining, the last 2 days have been absolute hell. I am starting a new job in the midst of all this, There is a ton of drive time associated with this job. I am not sleeping at all, I feel anxious and exhausted all the time. But I have to do this!

  9. My name is Joe, I used to dip quite a bit through the day and night then once christmas came i decided to cut back a bit, as I did so i got really tired, even when i continued once or twice during the day, now in February I have not had a dip since 2 weeks ago (I had one dip) and I’m still tired but no symptoms of any other sickness, could this just be from quiting.

  10. I quit about 24hrs ago so far things are going well, im kind of in a daze and have a slight headache. I don’t see this as to be as much of a challenge as i expected, not yet atleast. I quit cold turkey and i used to smoke and quit that cold turkey aswell. This site has been more then morivation for me to quit i’ve been dying to for atleast a month. Thanks all!

  11. Smokey Mounatain, I know you can get it at King soopers behind the counter, it’s basically fake dip. Just roots and corn and such. Tastes decent enough to keep in your lip until you are through an urge, and it’s Tabacco free!

  12. I went to bed at 2000 hrs It’s 0130 now and I can’t sleep due to the insomnia. One week in so far. Other than phantom jaw pain and insomnia I’m doing well. Used scoal straight for around 12 years. Zzzquil and melatonin pills help alot.

  13. Toss the can. I couldn’t stop untill I got fed up with being controlled by that plastic can and threw it away. If you don’t you will always find an excuse for one more dip.

  14. Awesome man, I quit about seven months ago cold turkey. I found that some chewing gum does help, but the best thing I found was just keeping myself busy. The desire to chew was basically created by the idea that I needed something in my mouth. The desire is gone now and I no longer want tobacco of any form. I chewed for about seven or eight years. You are through the worst of it for sure. Nice job!!!

  15. Day 7, thought it would never get here. Joshua I roll with pistachios at work and seems to get me through the day. After 25 years days 1-3 were the worst, after that I hit cruise control and haven’t looked back. Even got in a tree stand yesterday and didn’t miss copenhagen one bit. Keep it up guys, each day you get stronger.

  16. Like many others, I’ve decided I’m tired of letting something control my life. I’m 3 days in now since I quit, and the last few days have been much much easier than I expected. I bought a pack of gum the first night, which has really helped, but I fear that I will dread the upcoming weeks as the withdrawal symptoms start setting in. Anyone have any recommendations for an alternative nicotine free dip in the meantime?

  17. Its been lil over 24 hrs. But determand to quit. Dipped for 13 years.

  18. ok, I just getting started I am open to finally say I am powerless against my addiction with chew. 3 kiddos 8,5,2. anyone heard of teazea? or another product to help? I dunno first day 2 packs of gum. but its not 5 dollars and another day off my life

  19. Grinding away at this. Really frustrating and so many damn triggers, but gotta keep pushing. Can’t believe how much this little habit had taken over my life

  20. 9 months tobacco free…better…. but a war rages on. I will not start again

  21. I’ve been off dip for five days. The first three were surprisingly easy. But now I am definitely feeling the fog, head aches, and even some dizziness. I’m not one to talk about problems in the open but listening to everyone’s stories on this page is definitely helpful. Thanks everyone and keep up the good work!

  22. Wow team… day 4 started and last night I didn’t get any sleep. Feeling the sore mouth and throat everyone talked about. I’m also feeling chest cramping… I’m 34 (male) athletic type…. is this normal ???
    I used this site the 1st time I stopped snuff. Then hunting season rolled in to PA; and something about that chilled morning with the crisp air had me bumming one off a buddy. Worst decision I could have made. There is no such thing as one!

    **** best of luck to everyone today***

  23. Just keep going I to quit 3 days ago and it has been a little rough but I am doing great.

  24. I just took my last dip today so let’s see how it Go’s

  25. I’ve been chewing for roughly 30 years all of my childhood and adult life. Decided to quit. turning 40 this spring. Cut back to 2 small pinches a day. Is this a good idea or should I just toss the can?

  26. I quit on 12/23 and the holidays were very hard for me too. I had headaches and was very unsociable. Everyone noticed. I stayed in bed a lot and felt depressed.

    It’s been a week and it’s getting better but I still have times when I’m really dizzy and I crave it badly.

    I chose this time to quit because I’m off work for a few weeks. When I go back it’s gonna be the real test. I’m gonna have all my triggers at once soon. Work, hunting season, long hours on the road. Gonna stay strong though.

  27. I haven’t dipped for 4 months or smoked for 2 I have hot flashes migraines all the time flashes it’s normal when migraines are there Bryan I have see. Things to its not real it’s your mind I always crave it still but haven’t caved it sucks an I have weird dreams to but trying to stick it through it is horrible

  28. I quite about a week ago, wake up feeling ok, fog is still lingering. I feel in a way depressed. Almost detach physically and emotionally to my surrounding. I am normally the crazy fun one in my family but I have felt my self acting much like a zombie this holiday season since my quit. Anyone get through this?

  29. Hang in there friend. I was at 3 months cold turkey 2 days ago. I had a small craving day before yesterday I held out. It gets less and less. I’m glad that I did it and did it cold turkey. Get some gum that helps a bit. I drink a lot of tea now. It was rough, miserable by far worth it. I have 2 kids now 2 and a half years and 2 weeks old. I work as a professional firefighter paramedic and didn’t wanna die from cancer because of chewing or lose my job for removing half of my face.

  30. I have been dipping for 10 years it’s been 1 month and a half when do these damn withdraws stop

  31. Bryan,
    Don’t cave! You can do this! I quit a little over a year ago.
    Not gonna lie to you, it sucks at times! The first several weeks are the worst. You are almost there. Just hang in there…grit your teeth…get over it! Kick the can!

  32. I’ve been dipping for roughly ten years now and I quit cold turkey a little over two weeks ago. I can’t sleep at all, my neck has been killing me, I’ve been seeing weird things like flashes of people in my house, I have no situational awareness or sense of direction and I’ve been getting this weird red hot flush feeling in my face. Anyone have a ball park estimate on when this will pass? I’m sure it’s different for everybody but I’m just trying to see some light at the end of the tunnel. Also not trying to shy people away from quoting because of my symptoms, just need some input is all.

  33. I just want to say I had dipped on and off since I was 9 years old. My step brother dipped so it was easy for me. I’m currently 21 years old and yes you red the name right, I’m a woman, not a man. Very few women dip but I sure did. I quit cold turkey 5 months ago. I have two beautiful children whom will look up to me one day (ages 2 yrs old and 5 months old). Definitely was hard and still have major cravings but it was this site and you guys that helped me quit. I fight myself everyday to not buy a can but mind over matter wins every time. True motivation and inspiration. Quitting can be done, don’t give up, get your mind set on it and kill the can! Thank yall!

    • Hi Kayla. My name is Ashlie I am to a female dipper and have been trying to quit for several months. I have two kids ages 5 & 8 months and I want to do it for them but I cave every time. I start getting very angry and anxious when I don’t have it and I just don’t know what to do. Your story is inspiring and I would love if you could give me some pointers on making it any easier. Thanks!

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