Once you stop smoking, you may notice that some of your sense will start to improve, and you may start reacting to once-usual things in your life in an appreciative way. Needless to say, once your body starts performing at max again, your sudden onslaught of superior functions may be a bit overwhelming. That blueberry pie you always enjoyed will suddenly taste a lot fruitier and richer, while the ocean breeze will cause a tingling sensation in your clean nostrils. However, you may also begin to notice that your morning cup of coffee creates more of a buzz than usual, and you might feel even drowsier after taking allergy medication. Why is this the case? Let’s take a closer look at how medicines and other drugs impact your body after you stop smoking for good.
Why Does This Happen?
In the same manner that food is broken down, certain enzymes in our bodies are programmed to absorb prescription drugs. On that note, one of these enzymes, called CYP1A2, is generally warped by polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), some of the strongest carcinogens produced by tobacco smoke. Ultimately, when PAHs interact with CYP1A2, medications are broken down must faster than normal. However, once cigarette toxins disappear, drugs can easily flood a person’s system.
Here is a closer look at some prescription drugs metabolized by CYP1A2, which can potentially trigger severe symptoms in people who have just quit smoking:
- Clozapine: A sedative used in the treatment of schizophrenia
- Flutamide: Chemotherapy medication
- Frovatriptan: Used to treat the onset of migraines
- Rozerem: Used to treat insomnia
- Zomig: Used to treat migraines
Beware the Caffeine
Many ex-smokers will return to their two-cup-a-day regimen for coffee, only to find that these little cups of bittersweet goodness send them flying off the rails. Jitters and restlessness accompany what was once normal. Why is this the case? In the same manner as prescription drugs, CYP1A2 also metabolizes caffeine, a process which can be muted during periods of smoking. Needless to say, the drop of nicotine, another stimulant, isn’t the only reason for that uneasy feeling.
Seeking Treatment for Cigarette Use
Remember that addiction can be triggered by one shot of alcohol or a single puff of a cigarette, but the true danger of this sickness is that you cannot fully determine how much you have to consume before your mind forms an attachment. Social smoking is just as dangerous as chronic smoking, on many levels, but you do not have to smoke to have a good time. Remember, drugs cannot determine if you have fun and do not have control over your life.
If you are suffering from a severe case of drug abuse or addiction, or have a friend or loved one who is coping with this illness, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our professional team of counselors and healthcare experts will help you endure the painful process of alcohol withdrawal and detox and guide you along the rocky road of rehabilitation. Soon enough, you will experience a faster and much more efficient recovery.
If you want to find out more about our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs or enroll in one of these programs today, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your leisure and your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how you can overcome your mental illness and take an extra step toward becoming a healthier person.