Wednesday, November 8, 2017

How long does nicotine stay in your system?

Nicotine is categorized as a stimulant drug. It is found in tobacco products. Tobacco plants contain thousands of harmful chemicals and they are added to a cigarette for it to have an addictive quality.

How long does nicotine stay in your blood system?

If you smoke a cigarette, you are literally consuming 1 mg of nicotine. A small amount of nicotine is enough to cause a stimulating effect on the nervous system. Once you inhale the smoke containing nicotine, the body will immediately metabolize it. That is why it can be detected in the blood, urine, and saliva. (1, 2, 3, and 4)

(Cigarettes contain a high level of nicotine which is responsible in the addicting effect of cigarette.)

(A blood is drawn from the patient’s ring finger to check for the level of nicotine in the blood.)

How long does nicotine stay in the system?

Many factors can affect the body’s ability to eliminate nicotine. Some of them are the following:

  •  Age and hormone level
  • The way nicotine is introduced into the body (smoking, patch, or gum)
  • Frequency of use
  • The overall condition of the body (4)

How long does it take to get nicotine out of your blood?

Nicotine can still be detected in your blood for one to three days after the last use. However, those who chronically smoke have more traces of nicotine in their blood. Once nicotine is metabolized in the body it will turn into cotinine. For chronic smokers, cotinine can be traced for up to 10 days after the last use. (5, 6)

How long does nicotine stay in your system urine test?

A urine test can detect nicotine level three to four days from the last consumption. However, passive smokers (those exposed to second-hand smoke) can be tested for nicotine for up to 20 days after the last exposure.  (7, 8)

  • Blood - 1 to 3 days (nicotine)/up to 10 days for cotinine
  • Urine - 4 days after the last use
  • Saliva - 4 days after the last use
  • Hair follicle - Up to 90 days from the last use

How to get nicotine out of your system fast?

If you are exposed to nicotine and you want to make sure that you are going to pass the nicotine test, you should consider doing these things:

  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Eat a healthy diet.
  • Exercise regularly. (3)

How to pass a nicotine test?

To help get rid of nicotine from the body, you should increase your intake of water. The purpose of increasing fluid intake is to increase the body’s metabolism. However, if you want to be completely free from nicotine, there are readily available products you can find in the market such as shampoo specially formulated to get rid of nicotine and other toxins in the hair.

There are also mouthwash products formulated to get rid of toxins from the mouth. It would only take a few minutes for these products to take effect. (2, 5, 6, and 7)

If you have been taking nicotine for a long period of time and you finally decided to remove nicotine from your system, you have to keep in mind that you will experience discomfort and withdrawal symptoms. In fact, the withdrawal symptoms can last for years. It is the main reason why some people want to quit smoking but fails to quit. (1, 5, and 8)

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