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Smoking Cessation Treatments


There are five ways in which smokers quit smoking or at least they try to do so.


Cold Turkey

Cold turkey is a method following which one quits smoking abruptly often without forethought or preparation or without any gradual reduction in number of cigarettes smoked. For others, it also means quitting smoke without the help of any anti-smoking medication or aids such as gums and patches or Chantix or Zyban. The Merriam and Webster dictionary refers to the term as an abrupt complete cessation of the use of an addictive drug. This process has been used by a small number of smokers to quit smoking successfully and permanently.

Nicotine Supplements

Nicotine supplements give a measured supply of nicotine without other harmful chemicals of tobacco. It reduces the physical cravings for cigarette and makes quit smoking easy. This is because nicotine is the only chemical in tobacco that is responsible for making people addicted to it. Smokers can manage the problem of psychological dependence on nicotine more effectively using nicotine replacements.

As of now, FDA has approved five nicotine replacement Therapies (NRT)

Nicotine Patch : - This is a way to supply a steady stream of nicotine through skin over a certain period of time. The time could vary from 16 to 24 hours depending on the product. This patch is available on prescription and also over-the-counter. This NRT treatment is recommended for six to eight weeks depending on the intensity of nicotine dependence.

Nicotine Gum : - This is an over the counter product and recommended to those who wish to have something in their mouth during their nicotine cravings. The required numbers of gums are 20 to 30 each day for six to eight weeks.

Nicotine Inhaler : - This is a cigarette look-alike without the harmful ingredients and carbon mono oxide. The smokers puff the nicotine inhaler whenever they feel the craving for a cigarette. The treatment continues till twelve weeks depending on the patient's intensity of cigarette smoking.

Nicotine Nasal Spray : - This NRT product is for spraying into the nose and is available on prescription. It is recommended to use up to two sprays in an hour and the treatment may go as long as three months.

Nicotine Lozenge : - When a smoker has a habit of smoking the first cigarette within 30 minutes of awakening you can use 4 mg dose of this nicotine lozenge, an-over-the-counter drug.

Bupropion (zyban) & Varenicline (Chantix)

Other medications in form of oral pill approved by FDA for quit smoking are Bupropion (Zyban) & Varenicline (Chantix).

Zyban : - This is a prescription pill designed to help in reducing the cravings for nicotine. It can also reduce the symptoms of depression in the patient. This medicine is not recommended to those with history of seizures or eating disorders or currently taking monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitor or any other form of bupropion.

Chantix : - This is the latest drug approved by FDA for smoking cessation. It is a prescription drug which affects the brain in a same way as nicotine does. So, it overpowers the brain with its own effect and blocks the rewarding effects of nicotine. It takes away the withdrawal effects of nicotine experienced by all patients who quit.

Stop Smoking Programs

The aim of the stop smoking therapy is to motivate and reinforce the person who wants to quit smoking using cognitive behavioral therapy. During the sessions, patients learn to identify the stop-smoking obstacles and receive encouragements and emotional support to combat those obstacles. These programs do not have high success rate when patients use only stop smoking programs as their only smoking cessation support, when combined with medication, the behavioral therapies are very helpful.

Alternative or complementary therapies for Smoking Cessation

There are a few alternative and complementary therapies which help smokers in quitting smoke. Most of these are very helpful in changing thoughts and beliefs about life and learning how to handle stress without cigarette or other addictive substances like drugs or alcohol. Below mentioned ways are used by patients to help them stop smoking.

Hypnosis Acupuncture
Yoga T'ai chi
Dance Prayer
Meditation  

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