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Nicotine Overdose Side Effects

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Last weekend I overdosed on nicotine. Sunday night I had a bad anxiety attack and shaking. It has gotten a lot better but today (4 days later) I still have anxiety over nothing (i feel that i’m going to die or i feel like i have to make myself breathe). I also have very bad insomnia (waking up 4-5 times a night) and I haven’t been eating much. My mind is not how it normally feels and I’m scared that this is a permanent thing. Is there anything to help me?

Nicotine Overdose Side Effects

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It would’ve been helpful to have had more details about how you overdosed on nicotine. How did that happen? Was this a one-time event or is this an ongoing problem that you struggle with?

I would highly recommend being evaluated by a mental health professional. The fact that you are heavily reliant on nicotine and experiencing insomnia and overeating likely means that you should receive a professional evaluation. A mental health professional could assess your situation and determine what treatments could best assist you.

You should also consider being evaluated by a medical professional. He or she could determine if there is any damage caused by overdosing on nicotine. The doctor may also provide a medication to assist with nicotine cravings and insomnia. Discussing your concerns with the appropriate professionals would help to reduce your fears. Please take care.

Dr. Kristina Randle

Nicotine Overdose Side Effects

Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW

Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW is a licensed psychotherapist and Assistant Professor of Social Work and Forensics with extensive experience in the field of mental health. She works in private practice with adults, adolescents and families. Kristina has worked in a large array of settings including community mental health, college counseling and university research centers.

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Randle, K. (2018). Nicotine Overdose Side Effects. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 25, 2019, from
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