Tobacco use disorder

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What is tobacco use disorder?

Tobacco and nicotine have a potential for addiction that is similar to alcohol and other addictive substance. Nicotine withdrawal creates anxiety, irritability, headache, hunger, and a craving for cigarettes or other sources of nicotine.

Common symptoms reported by people with tobacco use disorder

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with tobacco use disorder

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
17
Tried for
tobacco use disorder (13) depressed mood (8)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
anxious mood (8)
Treatment name(s)

(E-Cigarette)
Type
Lifestyle Modification
How many have tried
8
Tried for
tobacco use disorder (8) anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
anxious mood (6) depressed mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
pain (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
pain (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
pain (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Chantix)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
tobacco use disorder (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
depressed mood (7) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
anxious mood (6)

Data from patients with tobacco use disorder, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with tobacco use disorder

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for tobacco use disorder (5 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood bad taste in mouth 8 more
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
tobacco use disorder (13) depressed mood (8)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (7 evaluations)
Side effects
excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) sedation
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
anxious mood (8)
Treatment name(s)

(E-Cigarette)
Perceived effectiveness
for tobacco use disorder (4 evaluations)
Side effects
withdrawal effects
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
tobacco use disorder (8) anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (5 evaluations)
Side effects
difficulty thinking drooling 1 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
anxious mood (6) depressed mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (7 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
pain (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (6 evaluations)
Side effects
addictive opiate chronic constipation 6 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
pain (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Chantix)
Perceived effectiveness
for tobacco use disorder (5 evaluations)
Side effects
hostility nightmares
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
tobacco use disorder (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood apathy 14 more
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
depressed mood (7) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
anxious mood (6)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with tobacco use disorder, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has tobacco use disorder on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 2
20s 281
30s 952
40s 1,066
50s 780
60s 376
70+ 100
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 807
20-29 years 197
30-39 years 65
40-49 years 30
50-59 years 4
60-69 years 0
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 990
Female 2,573

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1,327
Not Diagnosed 2,536

These charts show data from tobacco use disorder patients who have completed their condition history
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