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. Hey yall, so ive been dipping grizzly pouches for about 4 months, i freaking loved it. But just recently a couple days ago I stopped and oh boy i have been freaking out tremendously. Im talking anxiety and a headache that goes down my neck, im feeling sore on my shoulders and neck and i cant concentrate at work, im kinda dizzy, i have this hot feeling on one side of my face and a tad bit numbness but nothing serious.I cant believe im feeling like this after a couple of days of quitting. But dont know if I should head to the doc to see if im really okay and nothings wrong. I have no sores in my mouth nor do i feel pain in my mouth, i have been going to my orthodontist every month since ive been dipping and he hasnt said if anythings wrong. I just hope im having bad withdrawals and not something worse 🙁

  2. 24 years old. Been dealing with Nicotine in all forms for 7 years. I’ve quit cigarettes then went to dip. Then quit Dip back to cigarettes. Now I’m on dip again but Snus pouches, grizzly wintergreen. Quit about 2 months ago. Then relapsed after trying to afford nicotine gum. Fucking way overpriced. I just want to quit permanently and be done with it all. But it calms me down, keeps me cool. Keeps me, me. Or so my body thinks. I know it’s mind over matter. I’ve done it before but always went to something else and replaced it. I fucking hate the withdraw. Mines begins every morning I wake up until I put one in. I describe it best as an empty, anxious, tense, pissed kind of feeling. It lasts until I put a pouch in. 5 minutes later it goes away. It’s almost like I just dip to avoid the feeling, not even because i personally enjoy it. Anybody wanna talk?

    • We’re here to talk… you’re doing the right thing. We’ve got thousands of quitters on our forums at https://forum.killthecan.org – it’s the best place on the web to get support and questions answered. You’re not alone – let us know how we can help!

    • Started Copenhagen over 30 years ago in high school. Went to Grizzly about 10 years ago cause of price. Stopped Grizzly 33 days ago and dipping for good. I sure as hell hope so anyway. Everything pretty much sucks right now, but I am done. I don’t chew anymore. Started Smokey Mountain which is like tar and nothing like my Grizzly, so that’s making my quit a little tougher. But, to your point…. Pissed, in pain, can’t think clearly, and missing my chew…

    • Most tobacco addicts use nicotine to self-medicate anxiety and/or depression, same as alcoholics and drug users. I dipped for 30 years and ceased to actually enjoy it after about 5 years. So the last 25 years was serving my addiction and self-medicating my anxiety. Like any other addict, once you stop using, you need to find other means to treat your anxiety and/or depression, whether it’s mild or severe. If not, you will cave. All the support here is a great first step, but some folks will need more support – therapy, medication, whatever. Take these issues and your quit seriously. If you want to PM me, I’d be happy to exchange digits and support your quit (as you and many others are supporting mine).

      • Scott, Been planning this for some time now before it kills me. I have to do this. I dip almost to the point of being drunk. Ive been dipping for 21 years and other than dip in my life i have no complaints.. My email is jscoleman@darpro.com I will check my email in the morning. Just read your post and thanks
        Buddy

  3. Richard Clarke Todd

    Hey guys, I’m 25. I was an 11C and started dipping then for about 2-3 years.
    Went through some stupid shit (schooling, ex, etc.)

    Long story short, I’ve been chewing Cope longcut Wintergreen for about 10 months now. Can a day. And the issue? I love it so much. I genuinely love it.

    But I’m a Registered Nurse in 7 days, and actually matriculate into med school May 2019.

    I have quit cold turkey about 60 hours ago.

    First day? Just really bad anxiety, something weird with my jaw like withdrawal from the actual feeling of it there, hot sweats of and on, very temperamental.

    Second day? I shit you not. Right into my post 24 hour mark, flu like symptoms hit. And here I am at around 60 hours. Sore throat, generalized weakness, body aches, head stuffiness, nose stuffiness, eye pain, so tired. So bad I couldn’t stay at the hospital working. I had to go home. I feel like a bitch because it’s withdrawals most likely. But this is horrible.

  4. I just quit about 2 weeks ago. It’s no joke. I told myself I was going to quit for a long time. I’ll be 40 in a couple months and wanted to be done by then started chewing when I was about 13 or 14. Cold turkey like many here. Had my first dip dream last night. Kind of weird, never had one before. Felt like I was in a skoal commercial. Haha. Having all the strange side effects, anxiety, jaw and tooth pain, no sores just achy off and on. Maybe from chewing so much gum which I never really did. Good luck to everyone who is on this journey as well.

  5. I quit about a month ago and my anxiety is out of control. Anybody else feeling this way?

      • 190 hrs in, almost 8 days. Cold Turkey.
        The first 60 hours are the hardest. The fog, cravings and feeling pocket for the tin. 4 days in I got a killer headache, which is now low grade barely know it’s there.That’s why I suggest now to others to quit at noontime Friday if you have a regular Monday-Friday job. Gives you time to recover. and take Monday off. You really need this personal time to deal with edginess, fog and all other.

        My sleep changed dramatically, although no trouble sleeping. Now it is much easier, when I get a craving or anxious I get a glass of water and do something.. laundry,clean the car, dishes anything to distract and get another hour under my belt. Cravings are less and less now. Maybe 5 or 6 a day. And see the day when I say; I-used to do that stuff, many years ago, lm so glad I quit.
        15 years and was dipping all the time except during meals and sleep.
        Be smart and best of luck to all.

    • Zach hows your anxiety doing?

  6. Hey guys. 25 years old and I’ve been a can a day since 18. I’m on day 6 and it sucks for sure. I’m definitely foggy, but this is the first time I’ve actually wanted to quit and that’s helping. It’s amazing the excuses you try and make for yourself to be able to have just one dip. “I already made it 6 days I can definitely do it so 1 dip won’t hurt” seems to be my brains go-to. Anyways, I don’t wanna have to tell my kids that daddy’s gonna have his jaw taken off, or worse. So it’s time to kill the can for me. Lots of gum has helped too, but the worst is when I get home from work. I always sat down to play Xbox and put in a honker from like 6pm to whenever I passed out. I miss that more than anything. Anyways, good luck guys, this seems like a great community and I hope I can contribute in some way.

    • I’m day 17 now after 7 years of chewing, after 2 weeks it definitely gets way better. Before that it’s like getting kicked in the nuts repeatedly but then it’s a weird transition to maybe one or two cravings a day if any. If you get the cravings it’ll go away after 10 or so minutes. Good luck on the quit and don’t put the shit in your lip.

  7. Day 8 without dip, after 37 years of dipping, the fog and sleep issues are intense but not insurmountable, I just remember what my old drill sgt used to say “FIDO, fuck it and drive on”

  8. Hi im matt 37, Same here, i quit cold turkey a little over two weeks ago. After chewing 1 to 1 1/4 Can od cope mint a day for 11 yrs. I Have had several withdrawal symptoms I didn’t realize it was from withdrawl. And was starting to think I was losing my mind. Until I found the site thank God. Was having hot and cold flashes, left side of my face and arm numbness. No concentration, And sime of this was staying with me most of the day. Been to the er several times with high blood pressure, and high heart rate. Anyone else have any of these symptoms. It’s been a scary 3 wks, in and out of the Drs with no help other than to tell me it’s anxiety. And trying to put me on several diffrent pills. Still having the numbness but it’s not as intense. Hoping the effects will subside soon.

    • Still reaching out guys if anyone can help please!!!

      • Hang in there buddy its tough I chewed for 35 years. I started chewing smokey mountain chew has no tobacco or nicotine. It has helped alot. Its not so much the nicotine its the habit of having chew between cheek and gums. Givenit a try it helped me.

      • Matt. Its a mental game, imagine your a soldier, or a ‘seal’ going into a gunfight everyday!!!! Is a dip even close to choosing life or death? That’s the choice!!!

    • You are describing the first few weeks of my quit… to a T.

      Hot flashes. Cold flashes. Trouble sleeping. Tingling / crawling jaw. High blood pressure. Dizziness. Acid reflux. Etc.

      Took myself to the ER twice because I thought I was having a heart attack. Rapid heart rate coupled with the tingling down my left side that we’ve all heard about. Nope. Anxiety.

      They tried to put me on Valium but that knocked me for a loop.

      Stick with it sir. Lots of water. Exercise. Get on the forums and chat it out. You’re not alone and you’re not going through anything that others haven’t. Keep fighting. The good thing is you NEVER have to go through this again… as long as you don’t go back to the can.

      • Thank you sir.

      • All of the above.Also intense back pain as and the rib pain almost knocks me out.15 days in and I’m not giving up now.The fatigue and feeling sick has also been intense at times with no appetite at all right now

      • 9 days in and like yourself, acid reflux has been pretty bad. Also quit alcohol on the same day, not many side effects from either one, except the reflux. How long did yours last? I do take 40mg of Protonix daily.

    • Hello Matt
      I have a similar situation but i have been chewing Kodiak wintergreen for about 20 years. I am experiencing your same issues, but i have not quit yet. I have been to many doctors and they say its anxiety. I am going to try monitoring my blood pressure with this is occurring. I hope i can quit. I have been cutting back. If i find any results i will contact you

    • Matt its all normal brother, I have been through what you are going through and maybe even worse. Its all anxiety and the body fixing itself. It will all pass. Instead of worrying take the withdrawls as a positive and realize its the body correcting itself

  9. Been almost a month since I stopped cold turkey dipping over a can of Copenhagen a day. Still cannot sleep and my whole body has this anxiety feeling kind of like restless leg syndrome from my brain down. If this continues another month I’m going to start dipping again or drinking, which I haven’t done in years

    • Dude im in the same boat. Im in college after finishing a 6 year enlistment as an 11B in the Army.. I had a dip in from when i woke up to right before i passed out. Now i quit cold turkey, but im super dizzy and the teachers at my school just piss me off so bad. I feel like im drunk all day too (the negative effects, not the fun ones)

      Smoky mountain snuff helps, but idk how much longer i can go.

      • First off, chill. You are an 11B for crying out loud! You mean to tell me you don’t know how to handle mental and physical stress after six years? You quit dip man…you’re not in the box anymore. Just suffer through it and the crappy feeling will go away on it’s on. YOU can do way more than the nicotine addiction and cravings are telling you you can. Don’t give into a $6 piece of tin or plastic can of cancer. It’s really all it is. It’s not good for you. It’s not soothing (once the addiction wears off and you realize you’re under its control). It ain’t even human. You can’t talk to it. It’s not a battle buddy that’s gonna save your ass. Hell it ain’t even a gun. Quit that shit and in a couple months use all that saved money and buy yourself a nice pistol or rifle. You can do it. I’m an 11B and I did it 153 days ago. It’s as easy as making that promise to yourself everyday and holding yourself accountable. Yes the cravings suck, but they will subside in time. Please don’t google shit and don’t drive yourself crazy about cancer. I’ve been there and got the t-shirt! Get into a quit group on this site. It will surely help. Email me gregoryevans79@gmail.com if you need anymore help. Hell share my email if you need to. Good luck and “Follow Me!”

    • Marcus i am on week 6 of quitting and i can tell you it is getting better and better day by day. From day one to week 5 i was in the fog i had anxiety/ panic attack but i promise you drinking or starting to dip again will only make things worse and the guilt alone will send you into a deeper anxiety. Best thing to do in my personal opinion is to tough it out. Cut out things that could also trigger anxiety like coffee or energy drinks and alot of sugar. Everyone suffers the quit differntly but i promise when all those symptoms finally subside you will feel great and also proud and i also promise that the pride you will feel will make you never want to start up again.

      Best of luck,
      Brandon

    • Man you’re okay it’s withdrawal. It happens to the best of us. Many a person before me has gone through it, I have gone through it, and you are too. Many after will go through it as well. You quit for a reason. Just use that as your daily motivation. Quit once every morning. Make a promise to yourself. Don’t give in. You’ll be okay. I was. You will too.

    • Marcus have your withdrawal symptoms gotten better?

  10. Been one month today that i quit cold turkey after 28 years of chewing from sun up till midnight I’ve got a grip. Been to the dentist twice after 20 years of not going and have my 3rd visit coming up on the 16th. I’ve had the sweats, the child, stomach pain on and off since I quit. Never had any of these feelings before the quit. I’m hoping they will pass however I am going in for my first full physical on the 28th

  11. 77 days in and now getting a very red and hot face. The fog has finally lifted but this intense heat on my face is driving me insane. Anyone else ever had this this far into quitting

  12. Something I’ve learned. Dipping depleats magnesium in the system. Unless you live by the ocean and eat lots of seafood, you are probably magnesium deficient. Kidney stones are another correlated condition with magnesium deficiency. Taking a magnesium supplement greatly helps with sleeping and regularity, and may help prevent more stones.

  13. Been dipping for roughly 16 years quit one week ago today. Just wondering if anyone else had a burning sensation on the sides of your tounge and sores on the sides of tounge. It’s not super painful just kind of annoying. But scary st the same time.

  14. I want to start out by saying wow I’m a bit relieved at how many others struggle with this withdrawal. I’m on day 27 and im still having weird symptoms. Idk if it is normal for anyone else but the past three weeks have been constant brain fog/weird feeling, headaches, dizziness, blurred vision, muscle twitch, you name it. It’s been the longest three weeks of my life, but from what I’m reading it only gets easier from here. Glad to see everyone cutting this poison out too.

    • I have the same symptoms. On my third day. Heart palpitations, dizzy, sick, hungry and no appetite at the dame time. Powerful stuff is snuff.

    • Yes everyone has them….well most everyone experiences similar feelings. I had all of what you describe. I’m on Day 153 quit. I’ve quit twice before even longer than this and I ya e come to the conclusion that nicotine withdrawal sucks and it’s exactly what you describe. However, the thought of cancer sucks way more. That’s why I’m quit for good this time. I’m too old and too poor to keep throwing away money on “cat litter” I stuff in my lip. I’d rather live a long time and buy cool shit with my dip money. Good luck, and I promise you’re okay and you haven’t said anything that hasn’t been experienced by other people once before.

    • Right with ya T.J.

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