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. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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