One of the most popular ways to stop smoking for good these days is vaping. Nicotine vaping products (NVPs) imitate the hand-to-mouth gesture, inhale, throat hit, and exhale of cigarettes without introducing the dangerous chemicals and carcinogens found in cigarette smoke.
However, some smokers using the tool for the very first time as part of their smoking cessation programme find that their head spins and they occasionally experience headaches. You might wonder if this is normal.
So, why does vaping make you dizzy? Let’s learn about the possible causes, and how to stop dizziness from vaping.
The Wrong Kind of NVP
Did you get your NVP from a pharmacy or a tobacconist? Where you buy your NVP matters greatly – if you didn’t buy it from a pharmacy, you might experience dizziness along with other much more problematic side effects and dangers.
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NVPs you can purchase from pharmacies are manufactured with the highest medical standards possible, are locally insured, and are used under the oversight of medical professionals throughout the entire process.
On the other hand, you can’t be sure about the quality of the illegal vapes found in tobacconists and corner shops, which may be no better than smoking if you get a bad one.
More About Illicit Vapes
Any vaping product sold without a prescription is considered an illegal product.
These are sold by profit-oriented retailers who buy them from criminal distributors for as little as $1, and reselling to unsuspecting consumers at a 3,500% markup.
Every person in this process has no interest in your safety, only that you get hooked and keep buying from them.
Furthermore, these poorly- and cheaply-made imports are never manufactured with the user’s safety and objective to stop smoking in mind – it has been found that these contain nickel and lead and even traces of human saliva.
Tests have also found that illegal vaping products can contain as much as 357mg of nicotine, which is far too much for any smoking cessation aid and is only intended to make their target markets – namely non-smokers and Australia’s youth – to get severely hooked and keep on buying their products forever.
With illegal vapes, you can be sure that headaches and dizziness won’t be the only problems you face – you may potentially develop serious health issues if you keep on using them.
The vapour from NVPs helps you get the same throat hit and feel of a cigarette without the dangers of any smoke, but it doesn’t mean it won’t dry your mouth and tongue.
Dehydration is a common symptom of vaping, especially for first-time NVP users. As your mouth and saliva dry up, you’ll need to replenish it with consistent hydration. Low water intake and levels in the body will cause fatigue and dizziness.
So, when using NVPs under a smoking cessation programme, always have a glass of water handy. Keep a pitcher or bottle near you, especially during the summer months or if you’d like to use your NVP during a night out with friends.
Faster Nicotine Volume Consumed
Cigarettes and NVPs both contain nicotine, a substance that may cause headaches if consumed rapidly or in large amounts.
Why does nicotine make you dizzy? Nicotine can cause a temporary rise in blood pressure and stimulation of the adrenal glands. Rapid nicotine consumption also makes you feel much more sensitive to motion sickness.
The nicotine salts from a pharmacy NVP can deliver a higher volume of nicotine faster than a cigarette – an integral part of its design to satiate cravings to wean you off smoking for good.
This makes a GP’s supervising role in your smoking cessation programme important; they can monitor and advise you on the right way to use pharmacy NVPs with minimal dizziness and side effects when you need to handle strong cravings and withdrawals.
In doing so, they can help you adapt smoothly to pharmacy NVPs while on your journey toward quitting smoking for good.
A Higher Nicotine Dosage
While some people trying to quit may have problems with faster nicotine volume consumption, some might find that they’re consuming more than they actually should.
Again, a GP monitoring your use of NVPs throughout a programme can help you find the right dosage suitable for your needs. They can assess your smoking habits and prescribe the right nicotine dosage your NVP should contain to help wean you off with minimal to no side effects during use.
Most motivated smokers report that their heads spin from vaping because they’re coughing while using it. Coughing is a somewhat common issue for first-time NVP users, and it will disappear over a short period as you start to adapt.
Anyone puffing on NVPs more than they should (rather than follow their GP’s advice on proper intake intervals and volumes) is more likely to experience coughing and the headaches it brings about.
So, make sure to follow your GP’s intake and usage advice to reduce coughs. Drinking water each time you puff is also a great way to relax your throat after every puff and take care of your hydration levels.
How to Stop Dizziness from Vaping?
Being dizzy while using NVPs is a somewhat common symptom among many first-time users, so don’t fret. Here are some steps to make sure you won’t get dizzy while using NVPs as part of your smoking cessation programme.
Take It Slow
Follow your GP’s recommended NVP usage and take it slow. Set aside the notion that you can puff on an NVP the same way you do as a cigarette stick. By doing so, you can wean yourself off of nicotine with the device without experiencing any dizziness.
Consult a GP
GPs have helped many motivated smokers quit using nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) and medically-supported NVPs from pharmacies. They know the correct interval and intake a motivated smoker needs to reduce withdrawal symptoms and use their device for smoking cessation. Furthermore, you can only buy pharmacy NVPs with a GP’s prescription.
Only Use Pharmacy NVPs
As mentioned, illegal NVPs available in general retail shops will not just cause headaches but also a huge laundry list of health problems. Only use pharmacy NVPs that keep your smoking cessation journey as the main goal.
Remember that illegal NVPs are manufactured with zero medical manufacturing considerations to maximise profits and keep you addicted and coming back for more.
Drink Lots of Water
Lastly, keep water handy with you at all times when you vape anywhere. Dehydration can cause extremely painful headaches and is a common side effect of using pharmacy NVPs.
Whether it’s a glass or bottle near you, keep it filled at all times and drink after every puff – you’ll thank yourself and maintain your focus while using NVPs for smoking cessation.
Use a Pharmacy NVP for The Best Quitting Experience
Here’s how to buy nicotine vaping products from pharmacies.
Go Through First-Line Solutions First
You need a nicotine prescription before you can purchase NVPs. As a second-line solution, one requirement is that you’ve already tried and failed to quit smoking with a first-line treatment, such as NRT products.
NRT products (like patches and gums) are the most trusted quitting option available for motivated smokers. They might not imitate cigarettes, but they contain a small dose of nicotine that may be enough to alleviate your withdrawals.
While NRTs can be effective, they don’t work for everyone. If these haven’t done the trick for you, you may now be eligible for a nicotine prescription.
Chat to a GP
As mentioned, NRT products have worked for many successful ex-smokers. But, you might have ingrained behaviours and triggers that only something that mimics a cigarette can successfully address, such as the hand-to-mouth motion, and needing something to use while having a drink with friends.
If your GP deems it necessary, they can write you a nicotine prescription for NVPs.
You can chat to your usual GP about to know more about this.
Visit Your Local Pharmacy
Once you have your nicotine prescription, you can pop down to your local pharmacy. Over 2,200 pharmacies across Australia hold these products in-store, but any pharmacy can order these in for you if they don’t currently stock them.
Both your pharmacist and GP can advise you on how best to use the product, such as the initial setup, and the number of puffs to take when you feel withdrawals.
It’s normal to feel dizzy while you’re using NVPs for the first time. However, you might experience severe symptoms if you don’t drink water frequently while using it or if you’re consuming higher-than-needed nicotine dosages.
Make sure to report and consult your GP regularly to monitor your experience while using NVPs and make your quitting experience a lot smoother and easier throughout.
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