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Coughed a lot after smoking, bad pain in head. Is it due to smoke?

I m 16 and smoked a cigarette for the first time today. I was fine for a few hours after, just coughing a lot, but then about 2 hours ago my head started hurting really bad. I m starting to wonder if this is all from the 1 cigarette or if I m getting sick or if its something else entirely. (Note: I m on a lot of antibiotics for staff infection currently, so maybe that has some effect?)
Asked On : Sun, 27 Jan 2013
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Hi Shelbygrider,
Thanks for writing your query.

It will be advisable if you mention the names of the antibiotics you are taking and for how long you are taking them.

If you are not habitual to smoking, a cigarette can result in coughing and headache.
Smoking can result in bronchoconstriction leading to cough. If you are having respiratory infection, intensity of cough can be more.
Headache can be due to pressure of excessive smoking.

You should keep yourself in fresh air for some relief and drink lots of pure water.

If the problem persists,you can take antihistaminic like cetrizine 10 mg for cough and paracetamol 500 mg for headache after getting yourself examined and investigated at the Emergency Department.

I hope this is helpful to you.

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