Smokers are all too well familiar with the urge to light a cigarette when they’re trying to quit smoking. That uncomfortable feeling is a number one sign of smoking withdrawal, which your body is getting used to not having nicotine. And for those that cannot resist the urge, there are “quit smoking” medications, that help fight those withdrawal symptoms, doubling the chances of quitting successfully.
Nicotine Replacement Therapy options
NRT, or Nicotine Replacement Therapy, is based on giving your body nicotine, while leaving out any other dangerous substances from cigarettes, and slowly lowering the dosage of it, while your body slowly gets used to functioning without nicotine in your bloodstream. NRT can be done in form of nicotine patches, gums, lozenges, inhalers, nasal sprays, etc., and those are available without prescription. If for some reason, you are unable to use NRT aid to help you quit smoking, there are other medications that can help battle smoking addiction, but for these you will need a medical prescription. Of course, it is very important to keep in mind that there is no one sure way to quit smoking, that many smokers try to quit dozens, if not hundreds of times, so do not hesitate to contact your doctor or a pharmacist about your quitting medication plan. Below I will list some FDA approved medications that help with the withdrawal symptoms, but bear in mind that this is not a complete list of all available medications.
Over the counter medications (NRT) : Nicotine patches, nicotine gum, nicotine lozenges.
Nicotine patches are applied to the skin, releasing a steady low dose of nicotine into your bloodstream.
Nicotine gum is chewed until it produces a tingling sensation, after which it should be places between the cheek and gums.
Nicotine lozenges look like a type of a hard candy, and it is slowly dissolved in the mouth.
NRT with prescriptions: Nicotine inhaler, nicotine nasal spray.
Nicotine inhaler is an asthma-like inhaler that releases a set dose of nicotine when used.
Nicotine nasal spray is used as any other nasal spray.
Some other medications include a medicine called Bupropion, which is prescribed, can be used safely with NRT treatments, and helps with the withdrawal symptoms, and Varenicline which in addition to helping with withdrawal symptoms, also blocks the effects of smoking in case a person starts smoking again, and it is also a prescribed medicine.