It seems that nicotine as a drug has plenty of desirable positive effects such as elevated mood and cognitive abilities as well as weight loss benefits. It also appears to have relatively minor side effects such as sleep issues, headaches, and of course the fact that it is highly addictive. This is merely an exercise of my curiosity because while I do not drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes, or bake (use marijuana), it seems both of those have substantially higher negative side effects with (to me) less desirable positive effects. So why should I not be using nicotine patches? (I have read the community guidelines and this could easily be perceived as asking for an endorsement for me to 'abuse medication' but I am asking for somebody to convincingly articulate why people shouldn't. Preferably the opposing side would also be allowed to comment but I can understand if they cannot.)
Because it constricts small blood vessels and causes a condition that can lead to loosing digits and feet.
Because your heart has to work harder because of this and it causes hypertension and heart enlargement.
I keep telling myself these things because I quit smoking in December and I have gained 8 pounds, and have a constant headache.
- Nicotine Information for Consumers
- Nicotine Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Nicotine (detailed)
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