RATIONALE: Many smokers experience a decline in cortisol to sub-normal levels during the first days of smoking cessation. A greater decline in cortisol is associated with more intense cigarette withdrawal symptoms, urge to smoke and relapse to smoking. Findings from an uncontrolled study suggest that glucocorticoids could ameliorate cigarette withdrawal. OBJECTIVES: We investigated whether taking oral hydrocortisone would reduce withdrawal symptoms and the desire to smoke on the first day of...Expand abstract
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A randomised placebo-controlled trial of oral hydrocortisone for treating tobacco withdrawal symptoms.
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