Smoking Cessation Aids

Thursday, May 24, 2012

A variety of quit smoking aids are on the market today that are designed to help one quit smoking in a gradual way. Dr. Edward Hill explains more about these smoking cessation aids and what to expect when you quit in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Quitting smoking can improve your health, but it can be hard. There are nicotine replacement therapies, medicines and counseling that can make it easier.

Nicotine replacement therapies contain less nicotine than cigarettes. Replacing cigarettes with an NRT can help lessen cravings and ease withdrawal symptoms. NRTs are available as skin patches, chewing gum, nasal sprays, inhalers and lozenges.

Varenicline prescription pills do not contain nicotine, but they have been shown to help people quit smoking. Both of these medicines should be started a week or two before you try to quit.

Once you quit smoking, you may experience withdrawal. Withdrawal is your bodys reaction to not getting nicotine after it has become used to it. Symptoms of withdrawal vary in different people. You may feel irritable, nervous, jittery or sleepy. You may have trouble concentrating or feel more hungry than usual. These symptoms are usually worse during the first week after you quit.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.