Making the decision to quit smoking is unquestionably one of the most critical decisions you can ever make. By breaking all ties with tobacco and its deadly component nicotine, you can cleanse your system and live a happier and healthier life with your friends and loved ones. However, the process of giving up your daily cigarette is far from easy. Health experts indicate that a staggering 95% of people who quit “cold turkey” take up smoking some time later. If you have tried to withdraw from cigarettes with little to no success or are seeking alternative methods for quitting, an obvious avenue is nicotine replacement therapy (e.g. patches, gum). However, doctors have also indicated that some prescriptions drugs may ease the symptoms of withdrawal just as well.
A Look at Nicotine Withdrawal
Nicotine withdrawal is the process in which the human body purges the chemical substance nicotine (found in tobacco products). Often, the user experiences unpleasant physical or emotional symptoms due to the development of chemical dependency. The good news is these symptoms do not last long. Severe side effects of withdrawal last for 48 hours, and milder effects taper off after 3 or 4 weeks.
- Symptoms of nicotine withdrawal may include:
- mood changes
- lack of sleep
- changes in appetite
Drugs for Nicotine Withdrawal
When you think of nicotine withdrawal, you may consider forms of nicotine replacement therapy including chewing gum, lozenges, nasal sprays, or inhalers. However, health experts warn they these do not always cure cravings for nicotine altogether. In the event this form of therapy does not work, doctors may prescribe a nicotine-free medication that can positively influence your brain. Experts have listed two drugs as possible aids for nicotine withdrawal:
Bupropion: Developed as an antidepressant, this drug blocks receptors in the brain that stimulate a positive response after smoking. Doctors usually prescribe bupropion for about 12 weeks and only recommend the drug to habitual or chain smokers (those who smoke over 10 cigarettes in one day).
Chantix (Varenicline): Created in 2006, this drug affects the brain in the same manner as nicotine products. However, unlike nicotine, Chantix does not put a patient’s health at risk and can also ease the symptoms of withdrawal.
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