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. you dont need it on day 80 it sucks i miss it but my mouth feels 10 times better and went to the dentist two weeks ago and everything was good so im lucky that i stopped in time i think of my daughter so i dont wanna let her down and that makes it easy
    Stay strong just quit

  2. I’m on month 8 of my quit and I’m having days that feel like week one (headaches, sore teeth, swollen glands….) Anyone else have this?

  3. This is day 1 for me I was able to quit smoking cold turkey after 10 years of the sticks so I feel it that I can do the same with dip just some support is what I need plus I noticed that dip messes with gerd for those of you that have that issues like I do

    • I’ve been at least a can a day for about 15 years….. my last dip was monday. That night I woke up freezing and have felt like I was on my death bed almost all day everyday since. Last night and today I hot a super sore throat and my teeth hurt so much I feel like tearing them out would be better. Smoking I could always pick up and drop any time I wanted. This, this is hard.

      • Hang in there brother!!! I’m on day 5 without and having a rough time. The only thing that has been helping are the coffee grond pouches. I have same symptoms first 2-3 days they go away.

      • Hang in there. I experienced all of the symptoms you described for a good week or more before they subsided. And they did. And the “fog” everyone talks about lasted for about 2 weeks for me. After about 15 days, things got better quickly and I’m 34 days in and feeling the best I’ve felt in 20 years. As we say, embrace the suck.

  4. Haven’t quit yet, can’t decide if I really want too. Been dipping for almost 3 years. Gums don’t look terrible but I have slowly been chewing more and more and lately have noticed myself extremely irritable when I’m a more than a couple hours without it. I think I’m getting to the point where I don’t want the thought of cancer to cross my mind again.

  5. (Questions at end) Hey I used to dip throughout high school cause it stresses me out then going to college I decided to quit before I went and it was very hard. I went through a lot of the symptoms the worst was the headaches and cravings and it was a three day battle that was very tough but rewarding till half way through 1st semester in college and it gets stressful again I turn to chew. I have more down time so I’m doing 2-3 tins a week and it’s been 2 months of it and spring break comes, but I’m staying with a girlfriend so I realized I’m going to have to quit or probably gross her out which I wasn’t about to do so time to quit again. This time maybe I got cravings twice and no noticeable symptoms which confused me. Do you think this is because of environment change? I wasn’t doing it frequently or long enough? Or because I quit once so it wasn’t bad?

  6. Day 3 for me. Been dipping since I was 16 – about a decade. I played college football and that is where i really started dipping consistently. Can a day, Can every 2 days. Dip becomes part of the routine – that’s what I’m finding hard to quit. Drive to work – i would dip. After the gym – i would dip. Drinking some beer – dip.
    I’m doing alright so far. I’ve got the fog, my mouth is very dry despite drinking a ton of water. Food cravings are fine, and sleep is fine. I’m a bit more irritable than I normally am and i find myself wanting to chew on gum, seeds, mints.

    I’ve been slowly prepping for my quit so I think that has helped. Went from long cut Cop/Grizz to pouches to only dipping once a day. I’ve also been drinking green tea which helps me have something to do.

    Fight on.

  7. Hi! A togh timer trying to quit dip from India

    A dipper for last 2 years taking dip every hour (indian chewable tobacco)
    On the battle of quiTting it…

    While browsing landed on this page n im hopeful experience of others will help me

    Today is my first day……second time

    On first time i quitted for 20 days but that bloody head ache n fog won…
    Also i developed severe soars in mouth

    Well wish me luck this time…

    One query any home remedy to avoid mouth soars? Pls help n reply

  8. Fellas, I woke up on 1/15/17 put a nice 2 finger dip of Cope Snuff in my lip, turned on the T.V. and went about my normal Sunday morning. Lying in bed, watching T.V., and sucking on that wonderful dip for the next 3 hours. Well this Sunday was different however. About 30 minutes into being lazy and chewing my morning away I said “Fuck This”. I took out my chew, went to the store, bought 1 box of Nic Gum, and a shit load of regular gum and I QUIT!!! 40 days in now. The Fog has cleared and I’m good. It is hard as hell, but if you want to quit its much easier!!!

  9. Day 2. Started when I was 16. By 24 I was chewing a tin a day and smoking a few cigarettes a day. I was never happy with myself but man I loved that buzz. When I quit the first time it was hard as hell. Nicoret is a great way to curb your cravings even if your a dip addict. I went clean for four months and thought I had it beat but I lost. It’s an evil addiction, all it took was one dip at work from a coworker and I was back on the saddle. Recently my gums have beeen getting so raw I have to take my dip out nearly 10 minutes later cuz it would sting so bad. I felt so pathetic because I just kept putting another one in till eventually I’d find a sweet spot somewhere that didn’t hurt. Just a couple days ago I had enough. Threw nearly a full tin away, but man I’m glad I’m doing this. It’s actually easier for me this time around, probably because I never got back on cigarettes, but also because I just want to kick its ass so bad this time. I’m using nicotine gum but only need a couple pieces a day. Also sucking on jolly ranchers quite a bit. I think what’s most important is how bad you want it, and keeping your mind on the ultimate goal, what you wanted from the beginning. Just try to enjoy the pain, it’s your body letting you know you’re alive which is a beautiful thing.

  10. Hello Everyone, this page has started my journey into quitting my habit of chewing. My roomate just recently stoped chewing cold turkey one day and said he hasn’t felt healthier since he has started dipping. I always new it wasn’t healthy but felt like I wanted to do it cause all my friends did and before I knew it I was chewing a tin a day. I want to prove to myself and my roomate that I CAN quit for myself and for my family and friends. It’s an awful habit that I just want to get rid of the be a better person and athlete as I heard it improves your cardio when stopping. Just started day 2 and I’m nervous all the time and fine I can’t get it off my mind. Just gunna keep battling along the journey and excited to see how good I feel after a few weeks wish you all the best of luck.

    Matt

  11. Honestly don’t remember when I started dipping, I know I was young, 13 or 14 years old. 45 now, on day 2 with no dip, never tried quitting before. So far only symptom I’ve encountered is sleep deprivation, I wake up every hour, hope that ends relatively soon.

    • I start and stop every so often. Usually stop after fishing and start up again when it starts. I never have any symptoms. Maybe a little irritable for a few days. Looks like we re lucky ones.

      • You’re lucky indeed. But I have to ask… with all of this stopping and starting, are you ever really stopping long enough for any sort of withdrawal to set in?

  12. Glad to see so many people quitting! I am on day 14 of being off Copenhagen. I started when I was 8 years old playing little league and after 40 years, I have decided to quit. The first few days were hell but I stayed the course. The fog has lifted but still having issues sleeping. I’ve never been a smoker but decided to try nicorette gum 2mg on a friends advice. So far it has curbed my cravings. I’ve been chewing regular gum and toothpicks. So far l am impressed with my commitment to quitting. I never thought I would make it this far. On the plus side I’m saving a ton of money. I live in Edmonton Canada and one can is thirty bucks! Saving 200 bucks a week will definitely be worth it in the long run. Good luck to everyone. Stay strong and continue to share your stories. Cheers!

    • I know how how you feel, im from calgary its crazy. Try a vitamin C supplement or include more into your diet. It will help with the fog! Maybe try hitting a steam room or sauna it will help with detoxification.

  13. Im on day 6. I am 21 years old I’ve been chewing since i was about 15 years old. The main symptom I’ve noticed is irritability around pretty much anyone or anything at certain times of the day, but I try to combat that by eating more and drinking lots of water. As well as when i do eventually fall asleep I have been having the most intense dreams ever and waking up in a complete sweat for the past 2 nights. I already feel healthier though I feel like I’m turning a new leaf and want to care for my body like never before. Good luck everyone

    Cheers

  14. Day 4. 32 years of chewing cycle ended. I went with nicorest longenzes and gum. I tried the recommended dose of a piece of gum or longenze every 1-2 hours, I swear after the end of the first day I thought my heart was going to pound out of my chest. Day 4 I am down to 4 pcs. A day. It’s ruff. Hoping it will get easier.

  15. Day 2 for a second time. Started in 1982 quit in 2002 then like an idiot stated back up in 2007 , enough is enough!!!!! But this sucks…… Middle of winter, broke and I decide to kick it when I got nothing to keep me busy……. Going to have a couple good days……

    • I’m right there with ya – almost to the 48 hour mark now. Went for a long walk earlier and that helped a bit. I could gnaw open tin cans right now…

    • Day 5 for me I chewed for 15 years and decided I had enough and quit drinking and chewing. I am having trouble doing the things I enjoy because they all involve chew and beer. Fishing- chew and beer Hunting- chew beer hell even mowing the lawn. As soon as I think about going fishing I get cravings and don’t want to be tempted, hard to go against the routine. Good luck everyone it’s a struggle but worth it.

  16. I’ve chewed on and off since I was 8. I’m now 25. I’ve “quit” several times. For the past 4 years I’ve chewed at least 1 can of Kodiak, smoked 1 pack of Marlboro’s, and drank 4-8 cans of Mountain Dew (use to be Red Bull) per day. On December 9th, 2016, I quit chewing, smoking and drinking caffeine. I had chew and cigarettes on me, I just didn’t use, three days went by then I realized that I have not had any. At that point I felt so bad, I was afraid of feeling more mess up from nicotine. That day, I had thee worst anxiety attack / vertigo I could ever imagine. I thought for sure I was having a heart attack, the room was spinning and I was shivering uncontrollably, But I fought it. As hard as it was. I had to use a week of vacation from work. I just could not function. Towards the middle of January, the fog lifted. But now it’s back, I’m still having anxiety. But it’s no where near what it was. So for those of you who are thinking of quitting or who have, heed my warning, QUIT. The more you start and stop, everytime it gets 3 times harder. If you can’t handle the fog and / or anxiety. Stay busy(don’t overdue it), chew minty gum, stay hydrated and eat. Also, for a while I was using alcohol at nights to numb the anxiety and help me sleep. Just a few beers and a shot worth of whiskey, just enough to take the edge off. But in all end that makes the fog worst the next day due to dehydration. It’s been Hell, it’s still Hell, but it’s better than what it was.

    Ps. Brush your teeth, in the shower or in the kitchen. If you do it in front of a mirror will cause you to examine your gums and can onset anxiety. Your gums will get worse, then they clear up. Very slow process.
    And DO NOT let anxiety or fog win. Take every chance to get out of the house and do something. If you just lay around because you feel off it WILL get worse, I promise.

    • Thanks very similar symptoms i hav too…..i quited on 3feb 2017….had no problem for first 7 days i mean everything was bearable…..but then 8 was the hell the most difficult one…..had no idea what was going on……high headache…complete shutdown of thoughts and body….some how passed 10days and eventually made a delibrate slip….for one….then went on another 5 days with no dip…and again those unbearable headches fog dizziness…..on peak…but fighting hard……not gonna make a slip this time

  17. First day quitting. Looked in the mirror last night and could see parts of my teeth that use to be covered by my gums ( gum errosion). I immediatley throw out the rest of my tin and so starts my journey. I get anxious because i knew I had to stop eventually. I could feel my teeth getting weaker when i would bite something hard, it would be a little more tender. I just really love dipping, its going to be hard to let go but here it goes

    • By the way have been dipping 7 years. Since I was 19. Ive been using a tin a day of Skoal Pouches. I use to do long cut skoal grizzly and kodiack. Switched to pouches after the rawness of the long cut became too much

  18. Can someone tell me. I have a bone dry mouth and my tongue is white, I have stomach pains and my throat hurts also coughing pretty bad. I have been dipping for a year now and I don’t want to put my body through that. I was going through about a role a week and I’m using nothing to help me get through this. Should I be worried and get checked out. What might be a shocker is that I’m 1y. Thought to myself might as well quit while I have a chance and before it’s to late.

  19. I’m on day 6. Did any one get like hunger pains? I’m like always hungry now.

    • On Day 38 been eating like an animal but the urges are all gone so I think it’s a good trade off

    • I’m 50 hours in and am gaining weight. Always have something in my mouth. Sunflower seeds are my biggest helper so far. I quit once before and was good for 10 years. Now quitting the 2nd time seems much more difficult after chewing Kodiak again for 10 years. Any ideas why?

  20. Russell Wettstein

    240 free of Dipping and it is well worth it for my kids and wife— you can do it:)

  21. I’m a week in and I have to say that this is one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. Was a Copenhagen Long Cut user for 18 years. Had a dip in more hours a day than not. Decided to quit for two reasons: 1. I have a seizure disorder brought on by over stimulus, nicotine doesn’t help. 2. More importantly, I’m going to be 45 and have recently rededicated myself to getting in shape. It’s a real bitch, the fog has been really bad for me. The dizziness, light headedness, and feeling of disatttachment has been hard for me. I know there’s light at the end of the tunnel, I’ve seen glimpses of it. What keeps me on track is while I know one fat dip of Cope would make me feel better right now, I also know it would mean ginger through all this again. No thank you.

  22. Does the thought “I have cancer” go through anybody else’s head after quitting?

    • Yes. Has only been a week and I’ve already thought I had cancer (sore throat, mouth sores), a brain tumor (headaches), and TMJ (sore jaw). Going a bit crazy, but I had to quit.

    • All the time. I have been stressing out because my throat is all of a sudden really sore. I’m coughing alot and my mouth is dry as a bone with my tongue being white.

  23. I had jaw and gland pain, never any swelling or sores. It got worse when I quit for the first few days but after about a week or so it all began to go away.
    My mouth and all feel better now than they ever have.
    I hated looking at symptoms on a Webb MD or any site like that. It’s kind of like looking up vehicle issues on the Internet. Everyone always goes to the worst case scenario to start. I had an oral check with dentist and he said all is fine. My last appointment just for peace of mind will be with EN&T Doctor.
    Hang in there. After a week or two you will realize how good you have not been feeling while chewing.

    Still going to want a dip non stop but it gets easier.

    • So correct….i did the same…looked symptoms on Webb MD and other site….for fow nights drenched in sweat due to fear during sleep….finally went to a doctor he said all okay…..was so in fear that went to consult another dentist….nxt day..even her words didnt calm me down….finally went to the 3rd one and now no drenching sweats during night….

  24. I’m four days in. It’s just hard to quit when you really don’t want to.

    • Yep… nearly impossible to quit if you don’t want to. When you say you don’t want to, is that because you don’t want to go through the pain of quitting? If you’re like me, you LOVE dipping. I didn’t “want” to quit because it defined who I was and I didn’t think I could handle what quitting would do to me. But deep down I really did “want” to quit.

      You’ve got to really ask yourself… DO you want to quit? Until you can answer that you’re going to spin your wheels. Gotta make your decision. https://www.killthecan.org/facts-figures/the-decision-to-quit-dip/ Quitting will never be “easy” but after you’ve made your decision it is “simple”.

    • Hang in there man! I’m four days in myself. It DOES suck on so many levels, but it’s so worth it long term. We can do this.

      • This site has been a great resource for me. Wanted to share a little of my story here too. I’ve been dipping at least a can a day for 18 years. Not only that, but I dip ALL the time, pretty much every hour I’m awake and sometimes would fall asleep with one. I decided to go straight to fake dip with no nicotine patch or gum. Figured I’d better man up and quit before my luck runs out. I’m hurting. Definitely in this fog, teeth and gums are hurting, jaw hurting. I’m considering it a lucky coincidence this quitting is taking place at the same time as a bad cold so I wouldn’t dip as much anyway. Then again all these symptoms could be withdrawal. Who knows. I’m just telling myself I have a bad bad cold and just gonna feel like hell for a while anyway. The end result will for sure be worth it. I’m tired of seeing ppl I know under 50 die with the C word. Good luck all. Stay strong.

  25. I quit for 5 years, but then one bad day at the softball fields and there I was back at the mini-mart buying the green bear every day. I decided that this was the year I quit for good. My son is 3 and and I want to see him grow up. Its now day 27 for me. I still cant sleep for sh!t. I wake up 2-4 times a night but I know it should be over soon. My BP is down as well as my heart rate. I find my self eating all the time, but eating healthy more often than not.
    I can’t think of anything that sucks more than the side effects of quitting chew. But if you stick with it, it will be worth it in the end! Keep it and it does get easier after a few weeks. Think of the money you save, I am already up $150 this month!(its $5+ a can here)

    • HI Garrett I am with you! It was my daughter that made me think about it and I did not want to make her go through the cancer problems that I could get! Kids are amazing what they can make us adults think about!!

  26. I am a month in on my quit been dipping for 20 years 2 cans a day. Got a scare from the dentist. So it drove me to quit very hard been having a lot of stomach pain. But this is what I want for me and my kids.

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