Symptoms of Quitting Dip and 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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  1. Started to dip about 9 years ago. Started in hs went through a tin every month for 2 months made my way up to a tin every 2 weeks to every week eventually to 2-3 days within the last 7 years consistently everyday missing a day or two here and there. I was 14 and I’m now 23. I would put a dip in every chance I could get sometimes fell asleep with it in. Been trying to quit and could never get myself to do it especially whenever I would go into 7-11. I have a child coming in a month and I recently felt a cut like white sore on my inner lip. The cut is starting to heal but there is a little small patch of white like sores that come and go that have scared the crap Out of me. I quit going on 7 days tomorrow and I feel great. The patch comes and goes though within last week and half. And I just want to make sure everything is going to be okay. I know I have to go to the dentist at 30 day mark I just don’t want to think I have cancer or something. The white like sores can be scraped off with tip of my tooth but don’t turn red and don’t hurt. They have not gotten any bigger but I’m just really nervous. Teeth hurt sometimes not bad and gums too not bad due to the recovering of my gums. Anyone have anything like that before?

  2. Day 7 of quitting the can for me. I’ve been an off and on dipper for 10 years now. I just turned 37. I’ll dip a year or 2 then quit cold turkey and I’ll do well a year or so then somehow mess up and try it again and go head in all over again. This time I’m staying quit for good. I just decided it’s time to stop this dangerous loop. I quit 7 days ago, slowly weaned myself down to a dip a day over the course of a week prior to that. My birthday was the last day I put a dip in. I bounced around on brands but this past time dipped for 8-10 months with mostly Stokers Mint and then Cope Mint some as well. Got some withdrawal symptoms but I’m staying strong. Teeth and gums just ache and feel sore and now I’m starting to deal with excessive sleepiness, especially today. I know it’s just the withdrawals kicking off and on. Stay strong guys I’m sure it does get easier. As the saying goes, “this too shall pass.”

  3. Also in addendum to my previous comment it wasn’t a painful throbbing it was just a weird tingling fiending sensation

  4. Day 3 of quitting grizzly winter green and it’s going ok other then I have moments where I feel like I want to break stuff or scream. My mind plays games an try’s to get me to cave and it’s only day 3 please tell me it gets easier then this.

    • Grizzly Wintergreen pouches are what I’m on day 3 of quitting. I started again 3.5 years ago after maybe 5 years clean. I used to smoke and dip in the Air Force. I started again when I got a job that required me to drive a lot. It’s been in the back of my head to quit for awhile now. I read a comment on here about a guy going to the store at midnight because he ran out. That’s me lol. Grizzly pouches have been $2.18 where I’m at forever and now they’re about $4.60. I guess I’m almost a can a day sometimes more. I have baby #3 on the way.

      What’s been driving me crazy 1st two days and what’s made me quit is that I feel like my body and mind isn’t craving nicotine as much as it’s my gums. They seriously have a mid of their own and the hardest part about the 1st day and a half is the pulsing, throbbing, gimme gimme sensations that I was getting if I went a few hours without dipping but x100 that first day and a half. I was dipping 3 pouches when I woke up, 3 2 hours later, 3 after lunch, 3 two hours later, 3 before I get home, 3 after dinner, 3 a few hours after dinner, and 3 before bed.

      I’m bad at flossing but I flossed like a nut the night of the 1st day and I can’t believe how much I bled. 3rd day gums bleed less. I use a lot of wintergreen mouthwash to try and quell the “burn” my gums want to feel. Also cinnamon gum. I don’t know how else to explain how crazy my gums were throbbing with need. I felt like a crazy person in be and that makes me want to stay clean more.

      Glad this site is out there. Thanks

    • curtis mcconnell

      I am at day 11 of quit! after 36 years of dipping. it is getting so much easier everyday, but day three was the worst!! hang tough, day 4 is easier!!

  5. I have been dipping for 32 years. Skoal Classic Long Cut was my poison of choice. Started at 17 while playing football and continued to dip through both classes and on the field playing college ball. When your habit is at least a tin a day, it easily can become a major addiction, and I was an addict. Food got in the way of dipping. I would pound through my food in order to get another dip in. It relaxed me, kept me regular and became almost like a best friend. I would panic if I found myself at midnight with an empty tin in my jeans. I would take an old plug from the garbage, or get dressed and go to the store in the dead of winter for a chew. I live in Central Canada so -30 degree is normal in winter and the cost of 1 tin is now $28 !! I have quit a couple times over my 32 year chewing career and 12 years ago, I thought I had it beat. I had a really sore throat and a lump that scared me into quitting. (Usually that is what it takes) In a week moment out at the lake, I found myself buying a tin after going 8 months Cold Turkey. The feeling I got when I dropped that dip in was very much like the description a soldier once told me about after getting Morphine. A warm feeling overcame my body and I felt stoned. My body had welcomed back an old friend that wasn’t good for me but felt good having him around. Before I got married 25 years ago, I promised my girlfriend that I would quit. 4 years later when she was pregnant with our first daughter, I once aging promised that when the baby arrives I will be done. 2 years later the same thing. When my girls were old enough to ask what that “yucky smelling stuff” was, I told them it was bad and I will throw it away. It is an addiction and we must be strong. My youngest daughter graduates from high school next week, and for the amount of times she has frustrated me by hiding my tins and showing me pictures of oral cancer, I think that I have probably caused the three of them as much anxiety as I am feeling right now after day 12. I certainly have “been there” and “done that” when it comes to chewing. I can’t remember Tha last movie I went to or round of golf I have played without my tin of chew with me. It has been and will be a struggle, but I want to be around to see grandchildren also graduate at some point, and I want to have my voice speaking to them and not a voice box. If anybody has questions or wants to talk, I am here and would gladly help walk you through some of the toughest times you will experience while trying to quit this habit.

    • Hello my friend. It’s very odd that I decided to look up some info on cravings after my 11th day of no dip. I used copenhagen snuff for 25 years and started with high school ball. I can relate to everything you are saying. It was meant to be to see your post. Just know that your story helped someone. I’m quitting for my 10 year old daughter and want to try to reverse the damage I’ve done over these years. Have a great day and I wish you nothing but good fortune.

    • You really hit the nail on the head with this one… it’s my second day quitting Skoal Mint Pouches. Been dipping a tin a day for about 5 or 6 years now, (I’m 23). I went to see the dentist because I had some serious gum recess and I knew it wasn’t good. It kind of scared me into quitting now so I hope I can do it. I quit for a few months once but it was really difficult and then started up again. I’m trying to kick it for good this time, it’s a nasty habit and the women hate it too! The only thing is that I constantly feel like something is missing from me when I don’t have it. I associate it with every activity I do: Eating, driving, sports, work, computer, writing, basically everything. When it’s gone it’s tough to even enjoy what you’re doing anymore. It sucks. Anyways, wish me luck.

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