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Is HBP a symptom of nicotine withdrawal?

I am female, 50, been on diltiazem for high blood pressure for 3 years. My Dr increased the dosage 6 months ago to 60 mg tid and my BP has been controlled.This is my second attempt in the past 4 months to quit smoking, been 3 days now, quit cold turkey, no nicotine replacement. Every time I quit, my BP goes high 140s/high 90s. Why is this? I thought quitting would lower it.
Thu, 26 Sep 2019
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Hello,

Since you have a history of high blood pressure, you should avoid smoking. Nicotine raises BD & may trigger heart problems. Factors like high salt diet, fatty/oily food, diabetes, age, genetic, lifestyle and addictions like smoking, alcohol or drugs can cause high BP.

Since you have withdrawn from nicotine intake, withdrawal symptoms may cause you anxiety & stress resulting in triggering your blood pressure.

Withdrawal symptoms lasts from a week to 2-3 months. Stay connected with a GP or a detox center to manage the symptoms. You may feel irritable & low energy. Take nutritious food, stay well hydrated & take adequate sleep, stay away from stress & maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Regards,
Dr. Nupur K, General & Family Physician
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