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
13
Tried for
tobacco use disorder (8) depressed mood (6)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Chantix)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
10
Tried for
tobacco use disorder (10)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
pain (6)
Treatment name(s)

(E-Cigarette)
Type
Lifestyle Modification
How many have tried
5
Tried for
tobacco use disorder (5) anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
anxious mood (4) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
anxious mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Nicotine Gum)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
4
Treatment name(s)

(Marijuana)
Type
Other
How many have tried
3
Tried for
pain (2) anxious mood (1)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
depressed mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
anxious mood (3) depressed mood (3)
1 more

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 (6 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness bad taste in mouth 4 more
Total evaluations
13
Tried for
tobacco use disorder (8) depressed mood (6)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Chantix)
Perceived effectiveness
for tobacco use disorder (6 evaluations)
Side effects
oversleeping (too much sleep) vivid dreams
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
tobacco use disorder (10)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (6)
Treatment name(s)

(E-Cigarette)
Perceived effectiveness
for tobacco use disorder (2 evaluations)
Side effects
withdrawal effects
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
tobacco use disorder (5) anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (5 evaluations)
Side effects
ejaculation delayed grogginess
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
anxious mood (4) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (6 evaluations)
Side effects
sedation
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
anxious mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Nicotine Gum)
Perceived effectiveness
for nicotine cravings (2 evaluations)
Side effects
anger anxiety and frustration 7 more
Total evaluations
3
Treatment name(s)

(Marijuana)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
pain (2) anxious mood (1)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
difficulty with orgasm
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
depressed mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (4 evaluations)
Side effects
ejaculation delayed ejaculation difficult 4 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
anxious mood (3) depressed mood (3)
1 more
  • 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 3
20s 133
30s 924
40s 1048
50s 860
60s 467
70+ 142
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 806
20-29 years 197
30-39 years 66
40-49 years 30
50-59 years 5
60-69 years 0
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 997
Female 2586

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1324
Not Diagnosed 2529

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