The Truth Behind Nicotine Patches and Gums

Quitting Is Always the Best Option. But Will Nicotine Gums, Patches, and Drugs Do the Trick?

Old habits are just hard to break. Quitting smoking is even harder if you do it without any help from people and from medical inventions available to make your life so much easier. You’ve seen former smokers moving around with patches on their arms or chewing a gum without holding any lighted stick in between fingers, and then you’d discover that they have sought reinforcements to keep the smoking urge at bay. But are they really effective enough to make you stay away from smoking? Experts seem to agree that they are. See how these things work.

 

Varenicline (Chantix/Champix)

The FDA has approved this antismoking drug that is supposed to be taken over a course of three months. Studies have found that 33% of its users have quit smoking for good. It works by reducing nicotine cravings, but generally, it cannot be used together with nicotine replacement therapies. As with any drug,  Varenicline may have side effects such as constipation, nausea, flatulence, and even dreams. Manufacturers have been required to include in the medicine label the warnings against side effects, particularly psychological ones. It was further revealed that those taking the drug may be at a higher risk for strokes and heart attacks. The best precaution to take is to have your doctor closely monitor your mood and know when to discontinue use if your body does not agree with it.

 Bupropion

Bupropion SR

This medication works by targeting your brain to lessen your nicotine withdrawal symptoms. The intake will be done twice a day and for a period of three months. There are may be those who may need to extend the dosage for longer periods, to be decided upon by the physician. Bupropion is recommended for those whose nicotine withdrawal symptoms are intense to severe. Former smokers have the option to use it together with nicotine replacement therapies or alone. The typical side effects are trouble sleeping and dry mouth. Psychologically, the other aftereffects may include hostility, agitation, suicidal thoughts or behaviour, and depression. Because of this, it is not recommended for ex-smokers who have eating disorders, seizures, and those who are suddenly ceasing to use sedatives and alcohol.  

 

Nicotine Patches and Gums

Nicotine Gum

The purpose of these inventions is to help replace the nicotine in your body, but in a harmless way of course. Researchers have uncovered that a nicotine patch works by releasing nicotine what is in turn absorbed by your body through the skin. Though it may not entirely stave off the cravings, it promises to dramatically reduce the withdrawal symptoms. Nicotine PatchNicotine gums  nicotine gums provide the same objective by giving off nicotine as you chew them, thereby helping to lessen the withdrawal symptoms like irritability and cravings. Both of these nicotine-replacement discoveries should be used after you have quit smoking. Experts believe that they can be used safely for a period of two to three month. After this, former smokers should also keep a spare patch or gum with them should they suddenly have the desire to smoke.

 

Support and Counseling

It has been proven that seeking the help of groups and allowing yourself to undergo counselling work very well together to aid in your quitting for good. Doctors and health experts can give informal advice to someone on the verge of or a person who has quit altogether. There are also formal smoking cessation interventions available in certain communities that you can take advantage of. Joining programs like these and within the context of group meetings add further credibility to the effectiveness of tried-and-tested methods to make you more convinced and determined to kick the habit.

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Don’t just use one

The ideal approach is to use a combination of the suggested remedies, based on what will work best for you. Don’t feel disappointed if you don’t meet success the first time. What’s important is that you have the drive to conquer the habit and a positive mentality to back you up.

 As a final note, smokers who are thinking of quitting need not worry too much about their life after quitting. Is weight gain possible? The answer is yes, but only because there are people who try to replace their smoking habit or deal with their withdrawal syndrome by eating a lot. Researchers have noted that almost all anti-smoking drugs help you to quit smoking while lessening the probability of weight gain. Now, that’s good news!

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