Understanding How You Can Get A Nicotine Overdose

When you hear of Nicotine first thing that comes to our mind is cigarette, they are always associated with each other. More often that not we think cigarette and nicotine as the same.  But in reality nicotine just makes up approximately 0.6–3.0% of dry weight of tobacco which is the main ingredient of cigarette.  One can wonder with such a small amount why there are still cases of such. Overdose means “to administer or take a large amount or quantity”.  Simply to say, large consumption of cigarette causes Nicotine Overdose.

The term Nicotine came from the tobacco plant Nicotiana tabacum, which came from the ambassador of French in Portugal Jean Nicot de Villemain.  The French ambassador promoted the medicinal use of Nicotine in Paris; he started sending the seeds and tobacco to Paris from Brazil in 1560.  But in 1828 German chemist Posselt & Reimann isolated Nicotine from the tobacco plant; they considered it as a poison.

Up to now Nicotine is still widely used not just in cigarette but for other products as well.  Imidacloprid is widely used as nicotine analogs or as an insecticide because it functions as an antiherbivore chemical specifically to insects. Nicotine overdose a lot of times can be caused by misunderstanding because it also acts as a stimulant or relaxant, and one of the main reasons for tobacco smoking and addiction.  An average of 1 mg of absorb nicotine can be found in cigarette, but from 1998 to 2005 studies shows an average increase of nicotine in cigarette of 1.6% per year in all major cigarette markets.  One of the hardest addictions to break according to the American Heart Association is nicotine addiction.

There are different ways nicotine enters our body, whether it is inhaled thru smoking some even chew, dip and snuff, it also depends on how the nicotine enters the body that determines the amount of nicotine that enters our body.  Half of the nicotine we intake will be eliminated with in two hours.  And through the bloodstream it will spread quickly on your body and reach your brain.

When taken in excess or overdone it is called Nicotine Overdose, while in most cases overdose happens when you are smoking but in some cases others overdo it when they are quitting smoking and uses a lot of smoking cessation products.  The secret use of the said products there are instances that it results in your body taking more nicotine than smoking.

Look for these symptoms to identify or know when someone is in Nicotine Overdose:

•    Dark gums and lips
•    Bad breathe
•    Unsettled stomach and vomiting
•    Diarrhea
•    Stomach pains
•    Cold sweats
•    Headache
•    Dizziness
•    Hearing or vision problems
•    Chest pain

If in the right amount nicotine can be helpful to the body it helps your body in a different ways.  However having more of anything that is needed is not good and will results in bad and grim effects an example is the paralysis of the muscle in lungs or the heart can happen.  Below are other effects of Nicotine Overdose:

•    Extreme anxiety
•    Cold sweats
•    Headache
•    Insomnia
•    Burning feelings
•    Confusion
•    Panic attacks
•    Depression
•    Heart palpitations
•    High pulse rates
•    Increased blood pressure
•    Fatigue and weakness
•    Reduced appetite
•    Hearing or vision problems
•    Seizures
•    Narrowing of blood vessels.

It is best to ask for help as soon as possible with your doctor if you go through the some of the symptoms right away.  Remember prevention is better than cure.