Nicotine Withdrawal, Relapse of Mental Illness, or Medication Side-Effect? Implementing a Monitoring Tool for People With Mental Illness Into Quitline Counseling
Catherine J Segan, Amanda L Baker, Alyna Turner, Jill M Williams
JOURNAL OF DUAL DIAGNOSIS | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2017
BACKGROUND: Smokers with mental illness and their health care providers are often concerned that smoking cessation will worsen mental health. Smokers with mental illness tend to be more nicotine-dependent and experience more severe symptoms of nicotine withdrawal, some of which are difficult to distinguish from psychiatric symptoms. In addition, smoking cessation can increase the blood levels and hence side effects of some psychotropic medications. Improved monitoring of nicotine withdrawal and medication side effects may help distinguish temporary withdrawal symptoms from psychiatric symptoms and facilitate targeted treatment to help smokers with mental illness manage the acute phase of nic..View full abstract
Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council Senior Research Fellowship
This work and Catherine J. Segan were supported by Quit Victoria, Australia, which is funded by VicHealth and the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services. Amanda L. Baker is supported by an Australian National Health and Medical Research Council Senior Research Fellowship, G1200044.